What I Read – July 2019

READ:

Say Say SayLila Savage (Alfred A. Knopf, 2019)

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead – Olga Tokarczuk (Riverhead Books, 2019) (translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones)

Reproduction – Ian Williams (Random House Canada, 2019)

The Porpoise – Mark Haddon (Bond Street Books, 2019)

Watermark – Christy Ann Conlin (House of Anansi, 2019)

Mother Night – Kurt Vonnegut (Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, 2009)

Aria – Nazanine Hozar (Alfred A. Knopf, 2019)

Women & God – Kathleen Nielson (thegoodbook company, 2018)

CURRENTLY READING:

Milkman – Anna Burns

The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? – F.F. Bruce

We Went to the Woods – Caite Dolan-Leach

2019 Reading Goals:

Books Read: 70/100

Books Reviewed:

Writers Fest Challenge: 15/21

Thoughts:

July started off slowly but picked up toward the end. Life has been busy so I have fallen behind on reviews. I’m working on ones for The Porpoise, Watermark, and Aria so we’ll see how that goes!

My Writers Fest Challenge has been moving at the whim of the library holds list so I only crossed off two more this month. Reproduction was a bit of a flop for me but I liked Aria quite a lot. I’ve just picked up books by Lee Maracle, Keith Maillard, Eden Robinson, and Yasuko Thanh from the library so I will hopefully be crossing those off the list soon

Still working on Milkman. To be honest, I’m taking an inadvertent break from this one. Not because it isn’t good but it’s a bit too heavy for me to be able to dip in and out of or to bring along on a weekend away or a camping trip. For summer reading, it was perhaps not the greatest choice. I’m over halfway and as soon as we’re home for longer than a few days I hope to get back into it.

I still have a few ARCs to catch up on. I have copies of Blacklight: Stories by Kimberly King Parsons, As Many Nows As I Can Get by Shana Youngdahl, and All the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle, all of which have August pub dates. None of those are really jumping out at me at the moment but I think I’ll bring at least one along on our next camping trip. (Also because I don’t like to take library books camping.)

This month’s theology/Christian reading was Women & God which I’ve just finished. Last month I said I would read Prayer by Philip Yancey next but while camping on Keats I finished Mother Night and, since I didn’t have another book with me, I started reading Peter’s. That was The New Testament Documents so I’ll finish reading that and see how far I get before September.

Reading highlights for July were:

  • Say Say Say
  • Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
  • Mother Night
  • Aria
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