This month, I really wanted to get back to my Reading Around the World project, and I had some great journeys through Europe with a teenage backpacker, around the Middle East with fictional displaced Palestinians, and to Malaysia via a fantasy novel about ghosts and the bonds of family.
The latter was in anticipation of the upcoming Witch Week celebration, for which I was invited to be part of the discussion group along with six of my favorite bloggers. I loved the book and am sure we’ll have an amazing online discussion, which you’ll find in edited form over at Lizzie Ross, Writer and Calmgrove during Witch Week, October 31 to November 6.
I also wrote a post in honor of the ten-year anniversary of The Classics Club blog, highlighting ten of my favorite classics that I’ve read after finishing my Club list. I was actually surprised how many of these there were after I stopped keeping track. And I also kept up with the Support Book Bloggers challenge with Ten Books I Read Because of Other Bloggers.
Here’s what I read in August, with links to my Goodreads reviews:
- A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor – Around the World
- What’s Eating Us by Cole Kazdin
- The Heiress by Molly Greely – Austen in August
- My Name Is Asher Lev and The Gift of Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
- Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper – Dark Is Rising readalong
- Red Comet by Heather Clark
- Healer and Witch by Nancy Werlin
- Salt Houses by Hala Alyan – Around the World
- Black Water Sister by Zen Cho – Witch Week , Around the World
- The Migraine Miracle by Josh Turknett
- Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
Not much to report here, except that after the summer break I went back to English teaching. I decided to only teach from home for now, and stop traveling to do the odd lesson at local language schools — it’s not worth the travel time. But there are a few students who want to come to me, and that’s fine for now.
Lately I’ve been quite preoccupied with my digestive health issues, as reported in two posts, Uncovering my eating disorder and #OneWord2022: The Health Connection. It’s been a long, confusing, and painful journey, but I do think I am finally getting somewhere. There is hope!
Otherwise, I reported on our holiday in the Alps, a very lovely and refreshing time away.
But that happened in July, so what’s been going on in August? For the first couple of weeks, we had a visitor: a friend from my son’s former school in the US. Then when we said goodbye to her, school began for him — tenth grade, which I find hard to believe. Near the end of the month he went off by train for a three-week practicum on a farm in Germany, the first time he’s traveled so far from home by himself. He made it there, navigating the six-hour journey on his own since the cell phone plan I’d bought for him didn’t work in the hour of need. At any rate, he’s there now, being fine and independent, and the empty nest feels a step nearer. When he comes back, I have to remember to cherish every moment, even the many annoying ones that come with having a teenager.
How was your summer’s end? What have you seen, done, visited, been visited by, reflected on, or looked forward to this month?