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August is nearly here and therefore the end of summer! Where does time go? July was a slow reading month for me; I only finished five books: Before Versailles, by Karleen Koen; a re-read of Anne of Green Gables, by LM Montgomery; Pearl Buck in China, by Hilary Spurling; I’m Not Complaining, by Ruth Adam; and Lady of the English, by Elizabeth Chadwick. All of these were mostly or very enjoyable, so it was a successful moth in terms of finding things to read that I liked or loved. It’s been years and years since I read Anne of Green Gables last, so it was great to get back into a book I loved when I was younger.

I’ve been looking forward to August for a while now; a bunch of people in the Virago Modern Classics group on LibraryThing is doing All Virago/ All August. I did it last year and in the process discovered F Tennyson Jesse’s novels, as well as I Capture the Castle (a highlight of 2010), Winifred Holtby, Vita Sackville-West, and Kate O’Brien, so I’m looking forward to participating this year. I don’t think I’ll be able to read all Viragos this upcoming month, but I have a number to choose from. First on the list is the Land of Spices, by Kate O’Brien, which has been lying on my shelves unread for over a year. I’m kind of cheating because I started reading it this morning! Expect to see a review of a VMC tomorrow to kick off the month.

What are you looking forward to in August?

Comments

Marg said…
A reading month when mostly all your books are good or very good is a good reading month!

I am looking forward to quite a few author events this August!

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9. A Room of One's Own, by Virginia Woolf
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February
1. Middlemarch, by George Eliot
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March
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