July round up

JulyBooks

Oh it’s been a busy month! Full of work and more work and not enough reading or sleeping. I’m not really sure what happened to my weekends. Did they happen? Thankfully I’m off work for most of next week so I’m looking forward to a few relaxing days at home.

These are the books I purchased in July:

Persuasion by Jane Austen (blogged here)

Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee (blogged here)

Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope (blogged here)

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee (blogged here)

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Funnily enough the first four of these were purchased at the same time, on an impromptu trip to the Oxfam shop one lunchtime when I fancied something nice and modern to read. There is nothing particularly ‘modern’ about any of the four books I came away with, the newest of which was published in the 1950s! Fail. I’ve got a bit of a backlog of TBR books at the moment so I’m going to try to go a bit easier in August.

In other literary news, I also saw two Shakespeare plays this month. The first was our local ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ performance of King Lear, performed out in the open as Shakespeare intended, in between the tennis courts and the pavilion. The second was a live broadcast of The Merchant of Venice from the RSC at Stratford. We’ve seen a couple of these live screenings and they’re always excellent. Next month we’re hoping to see Othello.

That’s it for this month! Good bye July. Hello August!

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