These end-of-month posts seem to come round so quickly! I have to admit, I often find them difficult to write – although in theory they should be very easy – and I almost didn’t post one at all today. I will be experimenting with some different formats in future months to see if I can make them more interesting for me to write and for you to read.
Looking back at July, I have read ten books and have reviewed eight of them. As usual, I’ve been reading a mixture of historical fiction, classics and ‘older’ books, so I thought it would be fun to see exactly where and when my reading has taken me this month.
18th century Portugal – The Devil on her Tongue by Linda Holeman
Arthurian England – The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart
New Zealand during the Gold Rush – The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
16th century Scotland – Dacre’s War by Rosemary Goring
Tudor London – The Lady of Misrule by Suzannah Dunn
Rural England in the early 20th century – Day’s End & Other Stories by H.E. Bates
19th century Paris – Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac
Ancient Rome – Imperium by Robert Harris
17th century France and England – The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas
14th century England and France – Isabella by Colin Falconer
(My thoughts on the final two books above will follow soon.)
I enjoyed most of these books; the only ones that disappointed me slightly were Day’s End, Isabella and The Lady of Misrule and I have explained why – or will explain why – in my reviews of those books. My favourite reads this month were The Hollow Hills, Imperium and The Vicomte de Bragelonne – luckily for me, all three of those books are part of a trilogy or series so I can look forward to continuing with The Last Enchantment, Lustrum and Louise de la Vallière respectively.
At the moment I’m in the middle of two books: The Odd Women by George Gissing and 1066: What Fates Impose by G.K. Holloway. When I finish those I would like to read my copy of the new Antonia Hodgson book, The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins, as I had hoped to read it in July but didn’t have time. Beyond that, I don’t want to make any definite plans for August; choosing books depending on my mood works much better for me!
Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned above? What have you been reading in July?