I’ve been overwhelmed with work and travel lately and have got out of the habit of blogging. But I’m going to return to my monthly reading roundups now, skipping over May and June and just picking up again in July.
Our School Stories 2019: Tales inspired by Dulwich College and P.G. Wodehouse
I read this one because I wrote one of the stories in it, and I wanted to see what the others were like. It’s quite a mix of different styles, which is not surprising because the editors gave quite free rein in how to interpret the idea of a school story. Some of the more Wodehousian ones weren’t really for me (Wodehouse himself is not really for me), but I enjoyed the more contemporary ones.
And the Wind Sees All by Guðmundur Andri Thorsson
A novel that takes place in a single minute, in which the protagonist is a village rather than an individual. We flit from character to character in this small Icelandic village, getting pen pictures of each person and the secrets and regrets that bind them together. I had to read it twice to see how everything fit together, and it was worth doing.
That’s All, Folks!
Yep, that’s it. My shortest monthly roundup by quite a distance. As I said, life has been busy, and my reading has fallen by the wayside along with my blogging. I’m hoping that just the act of writing this woefully short post might spur me back into action.
I might as well give a brief mention to a couple of highlights from the months when I didn’t write the roundup:
- The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell: a sobering look at how rising sea levels will affect different parts of the world (hey, Miami, time to get the diving gear out).
- An African in Greenland by Tété-Michel Kpomassie: a memoir about a teenager in 1960s Togo who became obsessed with the idea of going to live in Greenland and his amazing journey to make that happen. I was in Greenland as I read it, and really enjoyed his descriptions of the country and Inuit culture as well as his own personal journey.
Also, I have almost finished an excellent book called Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey, so I’ll write about that next month, along with (hopefully) a more usual quota of books.
As always, you can read more book bloggers’ roundups over at Feed Your Fiction Addiction.
Have you read any good books lately? Let me know in the comments.