In July, I read 20 books. I don’t know how this happened, I certainly wasn’t trying to read that many! And I didn’t actually read all the ones I said I would in last month’s round-up…
When I wasn’t reading more books than I realised, I watched Little Fires Everywhere on Amazon Prime, and The Baby-sitters Club on Netflix. Both are close enough to the books to satisfy me, yet I didn’t feel like I was going over old ground, especially with the latter, where they’ve diversified the cast and added present-day issues. The BSC gave me massive warm and fuzzies and I can’t wait for more!
A Dark Matter, by Doug Johnson - new favourite author? I think so! 5*
An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones - 4*
Diary of a Nobody, by George & Weedon Grossmith - 3.5*
Equal Rites, by Terry Pratchett - I feel like this is where he really starts to hit his stride? 4.5*
The Big Chill, by Doug Johnstone - 4.5*
Self Care, by Leigh Stein - 4*
Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman - 4*
A History of Solitude, by David Vincent - has its moments, but overall not really the kind of history book that lights me up. 3.5*
Breakers, by Doug Johnstone - 4.5*
Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook, by Celia Rees - sublime. 5*
The Lantern Men, by Elly Griffiths - I reserved this from the library before lockdown and I finally got to borrow it! Well worth the wait. 4.5*
Putting The Narrow Land and Blood & Sugar on the list again because I really do want to read them and mean to do so this month!
New books from Mark Billingham, Val McDermid and Lissa Evans are always a must-read-ASAP treat, and I’m excited to be on the V for Victory blog tour!