Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are happy and well? August has been a very different month for me. The start of the month saw me setting off for a lovely two week holiday in France. I got to stay and visit some beautiful and historic places. The holiday didn’t leave me with a great amount of time for reading but the time I did have I devoted to longer fictions. I returned from my holiday to find my certificate for my course had arrived, I’m official passed, and my contract for my new job at a school just down the road had arrived too! With all that excitement here is what I managed to finish reading:
Fiction: 3 Non-Fiction: 0 Poetry: 0
My free time in the first week of my holiday in France was spent reading Zaremba, or Love and the Rule of Law by Michelle Granas* a fictional drama set in Warsaw, Poland; which I thought would be something a little different for me. A well written drama with an interesting political context. I was happily entertained reading this book for about a week. The characters, story and setting were pleasantly refreshing. Meanwhile for the whole holiday I continued dipping in and out of the epic collection Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales* and by the end of holiday I had finished it! My 24th read off my Classics Club list. I started this collection back in February and by the beginning of my holiday I had read 60% meaning I read an impressive 40% during those two weeks which I am pretty pleased by. The short story format and the fairy tale theme seemed to suit the time I had spare when travelling or relaxing in the sun. After finishing Zaremba whilst still in France I was drawn very appropriately to the French classic The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas*. My 25th read off my Classics Club list. A sweeping romantic adventure following D’Artagnan and his friends during the reign of Louis XIII that I had trouble putting down and I thought was a perfect read for my second week of my French holiday. By the end of my holiday I was half way through The Three Musketeers and I finished it after having been home about a week which was quite nice as it prolonged that holiday feeling for me. It also means I am now officially half way to my goal of 50 books for The Classics Club.
During the month I also finished one non-fiction book which is good for my goal of continuing to read more non-fiction in 2014. At the beginning of my holiday I picked up Becoming Myself by Stasi Eldredge* a Christian/faith non-fiction that looks at how women can reach their full potential in Jesus. I dipped in and out of this during my holiday but really got into once I had returned home and finished it off during the last week of August.
Pick of the Month: The Three Musketeers
And those are just the books I finished during August. It feels very odd not to be telling you “I was dipping in and out of the epic collection Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales” but of course I’ve finished it! Once home to replace this I picked up Once Upon a Timepiece by Starr Wood a novel told through short stories looking at how one watch affects the lives of different people who possess it. It is different and I am enjoying it so far. I have continued to dip in and out of historical non-fiction The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport during the month. Not something I want to rush as there is a lot of information I didn’t know before to take in. Then right at the end of the month I started Kingmaker: Winter Pilgrim by Toby Clements a novel set during The War of the Roses but I don’t think I have read enough of it to comment on it just yet.
What did you read in August?
*My full thoughts on these books are still to be posted.