It’s been an exciting month – we decided to move to a new apartment, so August is going to be very busy. I’m taking the month off from blogging, accordingly. I’ll be back in September once I get settled.
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This was Paris in July month, and as well as sharing a visit to Paris (see Life below), I managed to read a book in French – Voyage au centre de la Terre by Jules Verne. It does not actually go anywhere near Paris, or even France — the adventurers start in Hamburg, spend a good portion of the book in Iceland, and then of course are mostly underground — but it was written in French, so that counts. I wrote my post about it in English, so do check it out if you’d like to know what I thought of this classic.
I also finished another French classic, The Count of Monte Cristo, one of my 10 Books of Summer, though I read this one in translation. The Black Count was a fantastic follow-up about the real-life inspiration for the count, Alexandre Dumas’s father. I’m grateful to Claire of Word by Word for reminding me about it.
I shared my thoughts about The Salt Path, another of my 10 Books and one I absolutely loved.
Otherwise, I enjoyed these …
- Once There Was by Kiyash Moncef – for Witch Week 2023: Cryptozoo
- Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin – Reread, Folio Society edition review to come
- The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels by Janice Hallett
- When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo – 10 Books of Summer, Around the World, Trinidad
I have joined the Easy German Book Club, where we are reading Kindergeschichten by Peter Bichsel. These “children’s stories” are actually quite dark and depressing. They are written in a simple, repetitive style like stories for young children, but are clearly for adults! I read on Wikipedia that the author meant them to show how the banality and futility of our lives is of our own making, and he does a good job of that.
The book club is great fun though. There are discussion boards and conversation groups and exercises. I have enjoyed doing a little bit of creative writing based on each story — such as writing a happier ending for one! I hope that Easy German offers more book clubs – this one seems to be a great success.
I’ve also been working my way through Krabat, and have met my goal of completing Krabat’s second year of apprenticeship this month. In August, I should finish the third year. If you don’t read German, this classic of dark fantasy is available in English translation, and well worth the read. Don’t read my summaries, though, if you want to avoid spoilers.
Our trip to Paris was actually in June, but I shared about it this month — see this post.
Otherwise, we had two weeks of vacation, one of which I decided to use getting a freelance editing project done that had been hard for me to complete when I could only do it in bits and pieces. My husband very kindly took over the cooking, which was a huge help! Then I just puttered around the second week. We’d talked about going somewhere, but with an impending move I didn’t feel like it. I just wanted to enjoy the last few days of leisure before starting the chaos of packing.
I’ve taken on more hours at work now as well … yes, it’s going to be a busy time. See you next month!