This month saw the end of the Narniathon, which made me sad. Happily, next month Annabel of AnnaBookBel is starting a readalong of the five books of Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising sequence, which will take us through the end of the year. Hooray!
I enjoyed doing the Six in Six meme as a way to recap my first half o the reading year. Otherwise, lots of interesting things this month, including a couple of authors I’ve been meaning to read forever: Laurie Colwin and Dorothy Dunnett. I can see why they are so beloved now.
Here as usual are the links to my Goodreads reviews:
- From Spare Oom to War Drobe by Katherine Langrish – Narniathon
- The Silent Woman by Janet Malcolm
- Swing Low by Miriam Toews
- Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin
- I Don’t Want To Talk About It by Terrence Real – Reread
- The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett
- A Damsel in Distress by P.G. Wodehouse
- Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier
The accomplishment of this month was finishing a reread of Le Grand Meaulnes in French, together with a Discord group set up by Emma of Words and Peace (that in the end consisted only of me and Emma, though some others started the journey with us). I was proud of myself for reading this classic in the original language and feeling that I did get more out of it than in translation. I think we’re going to make this summer French readalong an annual tradition.
In the midst of Europe’s heat wave, we had an absolutely marvelous trip to the cooler Alpine region of Val Surses in eastern Switzerland, with a short excursion to northern Italy. More pictures to come!
We also bought a new car to replace our aging and ailing diesel Mercedes: our first-ever hybrid, a Toyota Auris. Here’s hoping that it will prove both reliable and economical. There was a small hiccup the first time we drove it, because my husband forgot to turn it off (there is no ignition key, only an “on” button), and when we returned after a couple of hours we could not get it to start again. After a number of frustrated attempts, by chance I tried locking and unlocking the door and that seemed to reset it. Whew!
I am still keeping up with my One Word challenge, although at this point I find I’m not thinking about my word so often. I do find the monthly prompts a help in calling me back to the task. My post this month took inspiration from Scripture: Connecting with the head.
What have been the highlights of your month?