I can’t quite believe that we’re half way through the year, but I know that we are.
The sun is shining, the town in full of tourists, and it’s almost time for bed but it’s still light outside.
It’s time to think about this years sixes.
It’s time to pick up my first book for Paris in July.
But I should look back first; and, because I was distracted at the end of last month, I have two months of books to consider.
These were some of my favourites:
And there were other books that I loved. Enough that I’d find it easier to pull a few weaker books from that bottom of the heap found it pulling a few favourites from the top.
So I’ll do is make a few little lists.
I won’t ramble, because I’ve had two good reading months and there are rather a lot of books to go on those lists.
I’ll just say – here they are!
Two very different pieces of narrative non fiction:
Becoming Queen by Kate Williams
This House of Grief by Helen Garner
The first fiction published by one of my most beloved authors:
Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot
Three lovely Victorian novels:
The Romance of a Shop by Amy Levy
Policy and Passion by Rosa Praed
The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope
Two contemporary stories of mystery and suspense that didn’t work for me:
The Sudden Departure of the Frasers by Louise Candlish
Disclaimer by Renee Knight
A not as good as her others – but by no means bad – book by a writer of traditional mysteries:
Lonesome Road by Patricia Wentworth
An excellent edition to one of my favourite contemporary crime series:
River of Souls by Kate Rhodes
Two very different books that I’d read before, and were just as good as I remembered:
Cashelmara by Susan Howatch
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Four fine novels by 20th century authors:
The Far Cry by Emma Smith
Modesta by G B Stern
The Meeting Place by Mary Hocking
Vain Shadow by Jane Hervey
Two promising first novels:
Clay by Melissa Harrison
The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan
One wonderful one-off:
The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild
Two very good contemporary novels:
Flight by Isabel Ashdown
The Red Notebook by Antoine Lauraine
And one shiny new gem:
The Song of the Sea Maid by Rebecca Mascull
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Now tell me – how has your reading been? – what do you have planned?