July was an absolutely amazing month. First of all, it was Orange July, and I had a wonderful time reading the 2010 Orange Prize winner and four shortlisted nominees. I also had great fun writing about Orange July in my Midweek @ Musings posts. And I would have been happy with that, but thanks to two weeks off from work, I had a lot more time for reading. I read 11 books, waaaay more than average and, in fact, more than I’ve ever read in a single month. Granted, two of the books were very short, but my page count also set a new monthly record. Honestly, I don’t know how it happened! Here’s what I read in July (links take you to my reviews):
- The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver
- Less than Angels, by Barbara Pym
- The Outcast, by Sadie Jones
- Black Water Rising, by Attica Locke
- Tinkers, by Paul Harding
- The Invention of Everything Else, by Samantha Hunt
- Burnt Shadows, by Kamila Shamsie
- Mary Lavelle, by Kate O’Brien
- 84, Charing Cross Road, by Helene Hanff
- Flush, by Virginia Woolf
- A Fountain Filled with Blood, by Julia Spencer-Fleming (review coming soon)
If you read last week’s post, you’ll notice I was actually able to squeeze in all three books I was considering … what a treat! All 11 books were all pretty good reads, ranging from 3 to 4.5 stars. My favorites were The Outcast and Flush. They couldn’t have been more different from each other, but both left a lasting impression and I highly recommend them!
August promises to be a more typical reading month. My first book will be The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which I’ve really been looking forward to. I’ll also be reading some Edith Wharton for a LibraryThing group read, and a couple of books I read about in Belletrista. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on my progress!
What was your favorite book in July?
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