August turned out to be a bit of a roller coaster as at the beginning of my holiday my laptop decided it had enough and needed to be reformatted and re-installed. After four days of arguing with it, I was completely disgusted with it and all I wanted to do was read. So between reading and taking the girls on their first museum trip and on a visit to my dad combined with a visit to Plopsa Indoor, I spent the first two weeks of August largely not blogging. In the past two weeks things have been hectic on a different front. We had lots of family birthdays to celebrate and my sister-in-law and her family, who live in Sweden, came to the Netherlands for family visits, so lots of family time with lots of children. But I did manage to post reviews for all the books I’d read during my time off.
It was also kick-off month for the Hodderscape Review Project and it has been really fun so far. Our first read, Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair, was a fantastic (re)read and the different reviews were really fun to read. I was struck by the different takes everyone had on the book; each review emphasised a different aspect.
All in all, it was a weird but fun month, both on and offline. Let’s take a look at what happened here on the blog.
In August I reviewed the following books:
Paul S. Kemp – A Discourse in Steel
T.L. Costa – Playing Tyler
Elizabeth Fremantle – The Queen’s Gambit
Jasper Fforde – The Eyre Affair
Stephanie Saulter – Gemsigns
Gavin Extence – The Universe Versus Alex Woods
Snorri Kristjansson – Swords of Good Men
Jo Baker – Longbourn
Kelly Braffet – Save Yourself
Elliott James – Charming
Guy Hasson – Secret Thoughts
In my Midkemia Reread I posted the following posts:
And there was a random post:
This month we’re reading Stephen King’s The Shining for the Hodderscape Review Project, which is a little intimidating, as I’m chicken and other than Carrie I’ve never read his work after being completely freaked out by five minutes of It. So it’ll be interesting to see what I make of it. I’m also looking forward to reading and reviewing one of my most anticipated novels for this year: Lyndsay Faye’s Seven for a Secret, the follow-up to last year’s Gods of Gotham, which I adored.
Meanwhile, tomorrow sees the start of the new academic year and accordingly work is really busy. Next week I’ll be warming up slowly, but the week after the real work starts and the rush will keep on until the end of October. It’s the craziest part of the year, but also one of the most fun periods, as each instruction differs and has unexpected elements.
So how was your summer? Have a good time? Read any good books?