After having a ‘what the hell is going on with UK politics?’ break from reading, I feel ready to knuckle down to some serious contemplation of my reading aims for the coming month or so. Summer is always a little haphazard as long sunny days, school holidays and our annual trip to Dance Camp Wales can eat into the available reading time. Still, it’s nice to have a stack of lovely books at the ready.
I’m currently re-reading Laura Esquivel’s Like Water For Chocolate which is a real treat. Chastened by Lucy catching me up on my floundering attempt to wade through David Copperfield, I’ve started listening to the audiobook on Youtube while I knit. It’s no where near as good in production quality as you get on audiobooks from the library, but it serves a purpose, and means my dad might get the socks I promised to knit him in January before the year is out. Also, our daily family listening to Moby Dick (The Big Read) fizzled out at some point, but we’re determined to reinstate that as a regular feature as it’s really very good.
I’ve fallen behind on my reading of Dorothy Richardson’s series of Pilgrimage novels, but I intend to do catch up during August, trying to get through three of those. The last round of #Woolalong hosted by Heavenali was scuppered by current affairs, but reading her wonderful review of Flush, I feel quite inspired to try and fit that in at some point. My bookgroup’s summer reading choices are Petronille by Amelie Nothomb, and Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale For The Time Being, both of which I’m really looking forward to. I’ve also ordered The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands by Mary Seacole after reading Shoshi’s glowing endorsement, along with a Martin Beck thriller (Sjowall and Wahloo) and the next Dark Iceland novel in translation due out on the 15th.
As for the books already on my shelves, my current pre-occupation with crime means that the second Indridason novel is in the stack, along with some fluffy escapism from Angela Thirkell, and a couple of real treats – Dodie Smith’s I capture the Castle and Sarah Water’s The Little Stranger. Last, but not least, my recent trip to Kefalonia has inspired me to dig out my copy of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin for a re-read. I loved it so much the first time round, it’ll definitely be one to savour!