Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope this post finds you all safe and well, in these difficult times we’re still living in. Thankfully, in July, we were blessed with warm weather; the easing of some more restrictions; the beginning of the school’s summer break; and plenty of good books to escape into. Here is what I read in the last month:
How To Pray by Pete Greig (2019) ** – Firstly, I finished this helpful Christian non-fiction, all ready for my church’s book club’s Zoom meeting, this Thursday just gone. Greig brings his 20 years of experience to help answer the question everybody ultimately asks: how do I pray? A good read full of useful tips and inspiration.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (2009) ** – Then, I finally finished this beastie, award-winning, historical-fiction about the dramatic rise of Henry VIII’s right-hand man, Thomas Cromwell. A slow starter for me, but as I got use to the quirky style and got into the juicier details of the tale, the quicker I was able to read.
Kim by Rudyard Kipling (1901) ** – Lastly, I finished reading this classic adventure that, out in the balmy sunshine, transported me back to the exotic, melting pot of India during the British Raj, where we follow the antics of the young, Irish orphan, Kim after he befriends an aged Tibetan lama. A good escapist read for my tired brain.
Altogether that is three books finished in July, a little under my average monthly amount for me, but Wolf Hall was so long, I think it at least counts for two books! Also with them all consistently getting a good, two-star rating from me, it has again proved impossible for me to choose a pick of the month! Books I am continuing over into August are my new cookbook, The Hairy Bikers’ One Pot Wonders by Si King & Dave Myers and the newly started, historical-fiction, The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor.
As for challenges, I have read one book from my Classics Club list; one book for the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge and two books from my 10 Books of Summer list. Which all sounds great till I realise that is only two books, in total, completed for my summer challenge (I blame work and Thomas Cromwell 😉), so looks like only eight to go in August! 🤦♀️ Easy right? Wish me luck!
And finally, I am making good progress with catching up with my reviews. Over the last month, I have posted my reviews for the time-travelling adventure, River Rising by John A. Heldt; the hilarious Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett; the Christian non-fiction, More Than A Carpenter by Josh & Sean McDowell; and, just yesterday, the moving historical-fiction, Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir. However I am still a month behind, so forgive me, you will have to keep your eyes peeled for my full thoughts on my July reads coming up later in August. Hopefully! 🤞
Before you go I’d love to hear your thoughts: Have you read any of these books? Are you tempted by any of these? What did you enjoy reading in July?