I cannot let the summer of 2019 pass without mention. 29 years I’ve been in Scotland and this is the first summer that deserves to be called by that name. Two months of marvellous sunshine – you’ll not find me moaning about the heat. But it seems that we’re back to business as usual. On August 1st, I found myself wrapped in a fleece with the central heating on.
But, but, I am not ready to hibernate.
The upside of this is that summer scheduling of one post a week may be curtailed sooner than anticipated …..
However, as I review the past two months, I find I have not been as remiss as my summer publishing schedule leads me to believe.
Reviews (published on Lizzy’s Literary Life unless otherwise indicated, ratings for first readings only)
For Bulgarian Literature Month:
The Collector of Worlds – Iliya Trojanow 3.5 stars (Global Literature for Libraries Initiative)
For The Man Booker at 50:
The Bone People – Keri Hulme (Shiny New Books)
Sacred Hunger – Barry Unsworth (Shiny New Books)
The Garden of Evening Mists – Tan Twan Eng (Shiny New Books)
How to Be A Public Author – Francis Plug 4.5 stars (Book of the Month June 2018)
2018 Reading Statistics
June: 7 physical TBR
July: 9 physical TBR
YTD: 66 (56 physical TBR, 5 library loans, 5 ebooks)
The Great TBR Declutter
Target for 2018 is X-60
TBR 31.05 = X-32
TBR 31.07 = X-32 + 14 purchases + 10 review copies – 16 physical reads – 20 TBR culled = X-44
Coming up in August
I gave myself two months for my 15 Books of Summer. I read 7, with one DNF. Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights is not my kind of thing at all, and I feel that Francis Plug’s How To Be A Public Author blends fact and fiction much more entertainingly.
So August is here and it is time to move on. For the annual #edbookfest readathon beckons. I’m not as well prepared as in previous years. Which means that the #edbookfest TBR is mega.
The 17-day festival starts in 9 days time, and I’ve still to read the pile on the right (plus a couple more still in the post)! Can it be done by the end of the month? Perhaps if I didn’t bother going to the festival itself! But I shall give of my best to read what I can. Stay tuned.