Hello my friends and fellow bookworms 👋 Today I am sharing with you the books I was reading in July. This post comes to you late because I was away on a 2½ week adventure – starting in Kent, England and moving on to Normandy, France – from which I only returned home this Wednesday. More detailed posts of my time away are coming, so look out for them! For now though, let’s get back to books!
📗 Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (1811) – In the first week of the month, I finished off my comforting re-read of my new, pretty hardback copy of this classic novel, which is a touching tale of the Dashwood sisters: the practical Elinor and romantic Marianne, as they navigate Regency society, romance, and their vastly changed circumstances after the death of their father. The detail, observation and wit of Austen was just what I needed and this was the charming tale I remember. ⭐⭐⭐
📗 Agatha Raisin and the Love From Hell by M.C. Beaton (2001) – Next, with the crazy-ness of the final week of term and my subsequent tiredness, it was perfect timing for my library request for this snappy crime novel to come through. It is the 11th book from Beaton’s long-running, cosy-crime series, following the bullish life of the smart dressing, retired-PR executive Agatha. This time our old Aggie’s new husband disappears, and blood and signs of a struggle are discovered! I raced through this short, fun, amateur sleuthing romp in a few days, just what I needed. ⭐⭐
📗 Future Glory by Ed Hindson (2021) – As soon as I was on my holiday, my main focus switched back to finishing this Christian non-fiction, which was our July read for my church’s book club. It is an exploration of the seven unique promises that outline what’s in store for every Christian, from the prophecies of the book of Revelations. Honestly, though Revelations and this book boggle me! I wasn’t able to finish it in time for our meeting on the 22nd, nor did many others, and it made for a slightly salty discussion! ⭐
📗 Soul Music by Terry Pratchett (1994) – Then for a lighter, quicker, fun read to round out the month, I dove into this fantasy-comedy novel from one of my favourite authors, which is the 16th instalment in Pratchett’s fantastical Discworld series. This adventure revolves around the much-loved character of Death and his grand-daughter, Susan, and a new, addictive craze: Music With Rocks In! While I didn’t quite finish this in July, I did polish it off in the first week of August; and it was the perfect, soothing tonic for my tired brain, as I sunbathed by the pool. ⭐⭐
So overall in July, I read 4 books, 3 of which I completed, which makes it my most successful month of the year, so far! That is not saying a great deal, as my reading has really took a hit in numbers recently, however still something to be pleased about and it has taught me I definitely need more comfort reads in my life right now. Two of these are also off My 20 Books of Summer 2022 Selections list.
What did you read in July? Please let me know in the comments below. I love to chat books!