I’ll tell you up front that my gallbladder surgery went well and I’m doing fine. With some care about my diet, the prognosis looks good. Thanks for all the good wishes!
With surgery on my plate this month, I tried not to stress about reading projects or anything else. I dropped my intention to read only books in German this month and just kept slowly plugging away at my two books in other languages. Otherwise, I read whatever I felt like picking up, and took it easy.
I was truly delighted to review the next Diana Wynne Jones release from the Folio Society, Castle in the Air, and I couldn’t resist asking the question: Which Diana Wynne Jones book should Folio publish next? Fingers crossed that they’ll listen to our wishes.
- Invitation to Love by Thomas Keating
- Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym
- Unlocking Your Self-healing Potential by Josef Ulrich
- Nightingale Wood by Stella Gibbons – Reread
- Born for Love by Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz
- The Last Detective by Peter Lovesey
- Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey – Reread
- Mohawk Valley by Ronald Welch
- L’étranger by Albert Camus – Summer in Other Languages, Around the World
- Daughters of the Labyrinth by Ruth Padel – Review to come, Around the World
- Die Kleine Hexe by Otfried Preußler – Summer in Other Languages, Around the World
I’ve started teaching English on italki, the most popular online language learning platform — I signed up with a couple of other platforms, but didn’t get any students there. Italki was not taking new English teachers for a long time (I think there was a glut due to the pandemic), but eventually I checked back and it had opened up. I’m excited to see how this goes.
As mentioned above, I didn’t stress out too much about my own language progress this month. But I finished both of my current reads, L’étranger and Die kleine Hexe. I’ll be sharing thoughts about Camus’s somber classic soon; for my thoughts on Preußler’s magical tale, you can see my weekly summary posts.
The weather has been strange this summer, and VERY wet. We haven’t been hit so hard with the flooding seen elsewhere, but I do get nervous now whenever it starts to rain or thunder. After my surgery, we spent a week in the Alps, in canton Valais. We couldn’t go hiking as we’d planned, since I needed to rest, but also because it was raining so much. Another time I hope to return and explore further. I’ll share some photos soon; above is an authentic Swiss castle, sighted in Brig during a brief sunny spell.
A trip earlier this summer to Fribourg yielded some lovely views of the medieval town.
Have you seen any interesting sights this summer?