I did not read a lot of books this month, but they were good ones! Otherwise, it’s been a rather unsettling time, with me deciding to have surgery, bizarre summer hailstorms, and a flood that did a lot of damage in our town though it left our house untouched. Let’s hope things are going to be more peaceful from now on.
Thanks to Sylvia Townsend Warner Reading Week at A Gallimaufry, I finally read The Corner That Held Them — an unusual book by a brilliant and original writer; I’ll be checking out more of her work for sure. Otherwise, there were a couple of Barbara Pym comedies, a fascinating nonfiction read on childhood trauma, and a reread of one of my all-time favorites. Elsewhere, I reviewed The Wolf Den for Shiny New Books.
As a discussion post, I asked Is there an alternative to Goodreads? Not really, at least not one that has the features I want. So I’ll stick with GR for the time being. (Links below are to my reviews there.)
- A Glass of Blessings and No Fond Return of Love by Barbara Pym
- The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog by Bruce D. Perry
- Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis – Reread
I’m slowly making my way through my “Make me read it” French selection, L’étranger by Albert Camus. I’m glad to finally conquer this classic, but as a contrast it will be fun to read Die Kleine Hexe, the readalong for Summer in Other Languages.
A fascinating discussion ensued after I shared my struggles with identifying the right time to switch to the informal version of “you” in A formal feeling – Thanks so much to all who shared their thoughts.
I’ve had digestive problems all my life, but only in January discovered that I had a large gallstone and was advised to have my gallbladder removed. This is a surgery that is often done unnecessarily, so I was hesitant. But after trying to treat my gallbladder with diet and supplements I’ve finally conceded that I waited too long to address the issue and that I do need to have it out. So in July I’ll be having the surgery and recovering. Wish me well!
One thing I did not know before moving to Switzerland is that it is a land noted for violent thunderstorms. We’ve had several of these already this year, one of which dumped large crop-destroying hailstones and caused a flash flood in our little village. I was not home at the time and missed the whole thing, but my husband took pictures. Luckily for us our apartment building was unaffected, but lower-lying neighbors were not so fortunate.
What storms have you weathered this month? Or has it all been sunshine and rainbows for you?