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May and June

May and June were not terribly productive reading months for me (though actually May was not all that bad), mainly due to the fact that I was away for 3 weeks. I did read while I was away, most of Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling as a matter of fact, but there wasn't that much time and there were other distractions (like a certain CNN anchorman *cough*). Anyway, here are May and June's books:


31. The American Boy – Andrew Taylor
32. Mr. Timothy – Louis Bayard
33. How To Be A Bad Birdwatcher – Simon Barnes
34. Nimisha’s Ship – Anne McCaffrey


35. Luck in the Shadows – Lynn Flewelling
36. Stalking Darkness – Lynn Flewelling

I've talked about all of these elsewhere I think, suffice to say I liked them all. My favourites would probably be The American Boy and the two Lynn Flewellings which I absolutely loved. I have the third in that series to read but am taking a quick break to read a few other things first. Am happy with my total of 37 books so far this year though. Might not seem a lot to quicker readers but 37 was all I managed last year in total, so to read that amount in half the time in 2006 pleases me.

The first of July's books was 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. This was part of a bookcrossing ring so I have to pass it on, which is a shame as I loved it. It was actually two books in one, the title book which covers the correspondence, over the years, between a bookshop in Charing Cross Road and Helen Hanff in New York. Sounds a bit dry but actually it was utterly charming. The second part was a travelogue of Helene's eventual trip to England (mainly London) and that too was fascinating. A quick, satisfying read.

I'm now reading Seven For a Secret by Judy Astley, a library book and another quick, easy read. It's all about families and secrets and is really a much lighter version of the Rosamund Pilcher or Marcia Willett style of thing. I'm finding it hard to put down so have almost finished it. I've got one other of hers on my tbr pile (charity shop buy, picked up because it's set in Cornwall), so look forward to reading that.

Books I'm hoping to get around to this month: Assassin's Quest - Robin Hobb, Fingersmith - Sarah Waters and Traitor's Moon - Lynn Flewelling. They're all quite long so if I manage all of those I'll be surprised, though in the heat of July I do generally manage to read quite a lot. It's about the only good thing I can think of to say about July. ;-)

Last but not least, I hope gleebee won't mind me taking her name in vain but she recommended a book to me and as I love the author already I thought I'd pass it on. It's A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell. As I've already read two of hers - The Sparrow and Children of God and found them to be superb reads, I shall definitely be searching for that one... though I'm not certain if it's out here yet as I haven't seen it anywhere.

Oh and my five travel books from Amazon arrived yesterday. A happy bunny am I. :-)


Loved 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff.
I was surprised at *how* much I enjoyed it. I must try to get the movie now. I can just see Antony Hopkins as Frank Doel - surely perfect casting?
What travel books did you get?
To the Ends of the Earth by Paul Theroux.
Travels in the Interior of Africa by Mungo Park (how's that for a name?)
The Good Life: Up the Yukon Without a Paddle by Dorian Amos (Cornish couple moving to Canada).
Holy Cow! by Sarah MacDonald (India).
How to Travel With a Salmon and Other Essays by Umberto Eco.

They all look really good.
Oh, I like Paul Theroux's writing a lot. Mungo Park--perfect name for an African-inspired theme park, and I may have to read Holy Cow! just because of the clever title.

Happy reading--hope the cold is better now. And do let me know how you travel with a salmon, just in case. . .
Mr. Gleebee just started to read A Thread of Grace a few evenings ago and is already captivated. He only reads novels when he goes to bed and I only read them in the
morning bath. That way I can keep myself under control as to my *serious* novel reading because I am constantly reading everything else in between....newspapers, mags, tours books (concentrating on Toronto now as we will be there for a week in August) There is a method to my madness.
Still searching for that one - got a feeling it might not be out here yet. Which is annoying as I could easily have grabbed a copy while I was over there.