August 2017 was a very busy month during which I attended 11 of the 17 days of Edinburgh Book Festival (should have been 12 but a puncture put paid to that), read 10 books (see footnote), listened to 2 audio books, and devised a #WITMonth 10 German Books you must read with Tony at Tony’s Reading List. Interestingly my tweet for that became the most popular tweet I ever made!
It’s a wonder I blogged anything at all! But I was very productive!
Edinburgh International Book Festival Posts
4) The Martian Chronicles: Reading Workshop Review (This was July’s Book of the Month)
5) The Man Booker International Prize Edition Review of 3 events plus David Grossman’s A Horse Walks into a Bar.
6) The Post-Apocalyptic Edition Review of the event with Louise Welsh and Heinz Helle with thoughts on their novels No Dominion and Euphoria
7) The Shortest History of Germany Edition Review of James Hawes event and book of the same title. (June’s Book of the Month)
8) The Borgias According to Sarah Dunant Review of my favourite event at this year’s festival and her two fantastic historical novels Blood and Beauty and In the Name of the Family.
9) Six Degrees of Separation: From Pride and Prejudice to New Boy
10) The Disappearances – Emily Bain Murphy Review
I wish I could blog like this every month, but other things have a way of interfering sometimes. (And September is most likely going to be the proof of that!)
August 2017 was a remarkable month in another way also. For the first time this year, my book of the month was written by a woman! Though not the woman in translation. Ariana Harwicz’s novel is outstanding, but her novel was trumped by the sheer pleasure afforded me by Emily Bain Murphy’s young adult novel, The Disappearances. It really was the book I had to force myself to put down!
2017 Reading Statistics
YTD 73 Read, 8 Audio Books, 8 DNF
August 2017 10 Read 2 Audio Books 1 DNF
Footnote: Yes, I know there are 11 books in the picture, but I actually listened to Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, whilst driving to and fron Edinburgh,