The links lead to the reviews and teasers I posted over the past month.
- Loretta Chase: Viscount Vagabond
- Edward Gorey: Amphigorey Also (The Utter Zoo, The Blue Aspic, The Epiplectic Bicycle, The Sopping Thursday, The Grand Passion, Les Passementeries Horribles, The Eclectic Abecedarium, L'Heure bleue, The Broken Spoke, The Awdrey-Gore Legacy, The Glorious Nosebleed, The Loathsome Couple, The Green Beads, Les Urnes Utiles, The Stupid Joke, The Prune People, The Tuning Fork )
- Cyril Hare: Tragedy at Law
- Georgette Heyer: Faro's Daughter
- Katie MacAlister: Sex, Lies, and Vampires
- Charlotte MacLeod: Exit the Milkman
- Guillermo Martínez: The Oxford Murders
- Zakes Mda: Ways of Dying
- J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (the re-read)
- Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
- Fred Vargas: Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand
- Yrsa Sigurðardóttir: Auðnin
Tentative reading plan for July:
Of the books I had tentative plans to read in June, I finished two: The Oxford Murders and Wash this blood clean from my hand.
Of the others, I have started reading (and plan to finish in July) Time and Again , which is a Top Mysteries challenge book, I think the only piece of speculative fiction on the whole list. It looks promising. I also started reading Captain Pantoja and the Special Service, but gave up in frustration when the book started to literary fall apart in my hands. I plan to find a better binding and continue reading it, because it promises to be a great tragi-comic read.
I returned both prospective Africa books to the library, but chanced upon Ways of Dying as an African read for the Global Challenge. Ideally, I would have preferred to read a book from a country I had not read a book from before, but the choices here are limited, and in any case it was a good read.
For July, I plan to focus more on non-fiction. Patrick Leigh Fermor’s travelogue Between the Woods and the Water has lain half-read for long enough and I want to finish it. In June I started reading The Voyage of the Beagle, Charles Darwin’s classic travelogue, but will probably put it aside until I have finished Fermor.
I also have several books on history that beckon, but I will let my mood decide which one I tackle. I will also re-read at least the second Harry Potter book, and hopefully make some headway with the Top Mysteries Challenge.
I did consider starting reading After Babel, George Steiner’s seminal book on linguistics and translation, but decided that one big book at a time is enough and will finish Darwin before I start on Steiner. Besides, I am going to do a close reading of it with a view to translating it, so maybe I’ll wait until winter when there isn’t so much lovely good weather to distract me.