Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are all well? While there have been a few rainy days, on the whole here in the UK we have been enjoying a few weeks of lovely, sunny weather – just what I needed over my long summer break from work. This break has not only been good for my soul but has been brilliant for my reading too. Here is what I managed to read:
Fiction: 4 Non-Fiction: 2
In August, I again made good progress through my list for the 10 Books of Summer challenge. First, I read the light and comforting The School Inspector Calls! by Gervase Phinn; the third book in the Barton-in-the-Dale series. Next, I was swept back to 16th century Scotland reading historical fiction A House Divided by Margaret Skea; her second Munro novel. And, finally I stayed in the past with Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye; a gripping historical mystery inspired by Jane Eyre. My thoughts on these last two books are still to be posted.
That’s 3 more books read off my 10 Books of Summer list and the end of August also means this challenge has come to an end too – I will post a full round up of the challenge later today. I also ticked another title off my Classics Club list by reading the charming, comedy-of-errors Mr Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell; another tale set in a small, provincial town from The Cranford Chronicles.
Alongside these fictions I also read two non-fictions. First, I read an interesting and comprehensive history, The Secret Poisoner by Linda Stratmann. Which delved into the murders and poisons that shook the Victorian world. Then at the end of the month, I finished the thought-provoking, Christian non-fiction The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. This is the first choice for my church’s book club which starts in September. My full thoughts on this book are still to be posted.
Pick of the Month: A House Divided and The Circle Maker
That is another 6 books finished in August which is great! I also started reading historical fiction The Queen’s Choice by Anne O’Brien and the classic, adventure The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas.
In September, I will be starting back at work with a new Year 5 class. I am also looking forward to attending a Comic Fest and I have tickets to see ‘The Woman in Black’ at a local theatre.
What did you do and read in August? Do you have any plans for September?