This was another busy month and one that will be remembered for the heat – given the weather enjoyed I no longer feel bad that I didn’t manage to organise a family summer holiday this year. We did manage a day trip to a beach where we built sand fortifications as well as messing around in the sea with our dinghy and body board. It was pleasing to find that my grown up kids can still enjoy their buckets and spades.
I read 13 books this month, a good mix of fiction and non fiction although no works in translation. I opened with a musing on expectations of readers inspired by a comment from an author at a festival attended in June – So an author wants a reader to ‘get’ their book?
I attended two events in July – you may check them out below.
My fiction reads included a book of protest poetry ideal for the Formula 1 racing season
Lou Ham: Racing Anthropocene Statements by Paul Hawkins, published by Dostoyevsky Wannabe
The half dozen other fiction titles read were
In non fiction I read an excellent memoir and a history of surgery as well as the Wellcome Book Prize winner and an amusing parody of hipster London
Self & I by Matthew De Abaitua, published by Eye Books
Under the Knife: The History of Surgery in 28 Remarkable Operations by Arnold van de Laar, published by John Murray
I posted reviews of two books originally written for Bookmunch
The events attended were an author reading that was rearranged at the last minute to avoid a clash with a football match, and a party in a bookshop to launch a festival programme
As ever I wish to thank the publishers who send me their titles to review – the arrival of a book parcel makes my day.
My thanks also to those who share my words across their social media platforms. Your support is always appreciated.