My June reading was a total pleasure! I didn’t read as many books as I have in each of the last few months, but I enjoyed every minute of the books I did read. It was the beginning of my summer reading, and the weather was nice enough to allow me to sit in my favorite reading spot on the porch for much of the time. July will get too hot for afternoon reading out there, but for now it’s just perfect.
It’s hard to choose my favorite of the month because I read some terrific books! I absolutely loved The Ravenmaster, by Christopher Skaife, a book recommended to me by my bird-loving daughter. The audiobook is the way to enjoy this book because Christopher Skaife narrates it himself which adds tremendous fun to the experience. His stories of the ravens that live at the Tower of London are both fun and fascinating. I learned so much about ravens from him!
I just loved Cider With Rosie, by Laurie Lee, which I also listened to on audiobook and which was also narrated by the author. Mr. Lee’s voice was full of nostalgia and emotion, and I felt as if he was sitting right next to me sharing his memories with just me. I was reminded of my grandfather, and my father, both great storytellers.
A different type of memoir stole my heart next — Susan Hill’s The Magic Apple Tree is one of the loveliest books I’ve read in a long time. I was so captured by her beautiful writing and her remembrances of her life in the English countryside! Even before I finished the book, I started searching for two others that she wrote in a similar vein. They were hard to find, but I ordered them from Abe Books and was delighted when they arrived. More summer reading!
Some time spent reading The Hunt for Red October, by Tom Clancy, and then re-watching the movie with my husband was fun. A light mystery, a classic science fiction novel, and a return to my childhood with a re-reading of Cherry Ames, Student Nurse rounded out the month.
I hope you are enjoying your summer reading as much as I am enjoying mine!
I remember reading The Hunt for Red October (which is so out of my wheel house!) and then loving the movie, which Rod & I saw many, many years ago in the theater. He was so surprised that I liked it. 🙂
I think when I look back on my reading of 2019, I will think of two words: Louise Penny! I have read so many of her books and love them all. I can’t stop reading them and nothing compares when I try to switch gears and read something other than her mysteries. I can hardly wait until bedtime so I can head back to Three Pines!
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Les, we always liked the movie of Red October so I thought I should read the book. It was fun to get more detail, but I like the movie better. As for Louise Penny and returning to Three
Pines…I love to find a series where I feel like that! When I do find one, I usually just power through them all. I just move right in and stay there as long as I can! Enjoy!