I’m currently on the road, so a picture of the 10 books I read in June will follow in due course. (Added 09 08.17)
They are books 54-63 listed in the Read 2017 widget on the right. There’s a distinctively German feel to books 58 onwards, and that’s because I’m in Germany, currently touring Schleswig-Holstein. This is a new German state to me, bringing my tally to 14/16. I hope to make it 16/16 before Brexit. Thereafter, who knows?
This trip has diverted me fron my Tournament of Books, but, with only 3 books remaining to be read from the 22 contenders, I should complete this in July. There’s been some fine reading amongst this selection of books, although my favourites (The Wednesday Club, Paradise Lodge, The Unseen and The Good People) haven’t matched the actual winners in any of the respresented awards. Still I am looking forward to amazement/disgruntlement to come when I do catch up with the official winning titles.
The. Tournament of Books served a key purpose in making me focus on the shortlisted books I already had to hand and thus helped to keep me within my purchasing targets. I have to confess though that that resolve has withered during the past week in Husum, where I have discovered a beautiful edition of Theodor Storm’s novellas, in which the text is accompanied by photographs of the places in question. I have limited myself to 3 purchases, but suspect that this is a collection set to grow.
But enough of the pleasures to come, here are the blogging pleasures from June.
This Census Taker – China Miéville
A Country Road, A Tree – Jo Baker
Golden Hill – Francis Spufford
The Unseen – Roy Jacobsen
The Good People – Hannah Kent
Mirror, Shoulder, Signal – Dorthe Nors
Book of the Month: I thought my novel of the year so far, Roy Jacobsen’s The Unseen, was going to run away with this, and then I read James Hawes”s The Shortest History of Germany. To say it was a revelation is to say the least! More to follow after Hawes’s event at the Edinburgh Book Festival in August.
Final scores for June
Total YTD: 57 read, 6 audio books, 6 DNF
Total for May 2017: 10 read, 0 audio books, 0 DNF