and a round-up of what I did in July.
Which saw the reading block well and truly break!
Between March 15th and 2nd July I had read only two books, two books. This month I’ve read eight and didn’t feel pressured by any of it. There was also a good hit rate as well two 3-star, five 4-star, and one 5-star reads.
I’ve also written reviews for the 4- and 5-star reads within 48 hours of finishing them, I know…
Another major job completed this month is getting all the book reviews I had around the Internet onto this site, they are also on Goodreads and Waterstones and in the process of going onto Instagram.
Going into August all prepared for Women in Translation Month, pile made and initial post made.
Also working on a super secret project which should be revealed soon once I get my words in the right place.
So I’m actually going to call July at an end and get into the books I’ve got setup for August 😉
The Swallowed Man by Edward Carey
Out in a new look, this stunning retelling of the Pinocchio tale is dark and gripping. One of my favourite books of this year so far, follow Geppeto’s descent in the belly of a big fish. Wonderfully illustrated by Edward Carey himself.
The Morning Star by Karl Ove Knausgaard
translated by Martin Aitken
This sounds absolutely fascinating, strange happenings in a forest after a new large star shows in. the sky, not sure if I’m getting a triffid vibe or not.
The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa
translated by Louise Heal Kawai
A trio of adventures based around a tabby cat who wants to save books, especially from a person who cuts them up to read faster!
Art of the Extreme: 1905-1924 by Philip Hook
An era of revolutionary art with artists and movements declaring manifesto here, there, and everywhere. Innovative, frenzied, and at times, shocking. A look at this in a pan-European survey will be really interesting.
The Dragon in the West by Daniel Ogden
Looking into the origin myths of Dragons in western culture, and how these different starting points led to what we see the Western dragon as being.
The Villa and the Vortex by Elinor Mordaunt
I’ve a couple of Handheld Classic editions and love the quality they bring to a book, and I’m in need of a short story collection this September. A double win!
English Pastoral by James Rebanks
I really fancied this when it was out in hardback but with so many other books piling up around me I couldn’t justify it, now it’s in paperback no need for justification.
The Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino
translated by Rebecca Copeland
I’ve really been enjoying the retellings of Western myths lately and this will be the first venture into retellings of Japanese myths, sounds really gripping.