It's hard to believe tomorrow is the last day of July - this month has passed in a flash. From July 4th festivities, graduation parties, a weekend get-away in Lake Placid, and the Grapehound Wine Tour to multiple birthday celebrations, farmers markets, and craft shows, this has been everything a summer month should be. As far as reading goes, however, it has been the worst month ever. I finished only one book - that's right a single book... and it was one with pictures.
Le Road Trip by Vivian Swift was a lovely book. These are my thoughts as posted on Goodreads:
A perfect beginning to my "Paris in July" reading! Le Road Trip is full of thoughts on travel, love, and France. The artwork/illustrations perfectly complement the tone of Swift's writing. It left me energized and excited to continue my armchair travel through France.
Le Road Trip was, indeed, a beautiful book, but the rest of Paris in July turned out to be a bust as my "armchair travel through France" came to a screeching halt.
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell has still been my 'main' book in July. I have it loaded on my ipod and nook, so have been both reading and listening. It is wonderful. Can I say once more that Juliet Stevenson is an amazing narrator? I even hear her voice in my mind as I read on the nook.
I've picked up several other books, but nothing has really captured my attention this month. Tomorrow evening I'm hosting my book club's annual pot luck dinner, so I'll have a new book to begin once we make our next selection. We will discuss Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. My review along with the group's reaction should follow soon.
Looking ahead to August, there are two events I'm eagerly anticipating. First is the return of Trish's Pin It and Do It Challenge. My family is pretty excited about this, too. They're hoping I focus on new recipes again. We'll see...
Heather and Andi are also hosting a North and South Read-Along. I'm on Chapter 37 now, but plan to join the discussion along the way. In addition to blog posts, they will be using the twitter hashtag #NSread and there's even talk of a mini-series group watch party! Check out their home-base page for more details.
Finally, the past week has been especially difficult for reading blogs and commenting, but I'll be around to visit and catch up this week. Thanks for your patience and understanding.
On to August...