July was a fairly average reading month for me, six books read and enjoyed. All fine and dandy. Except... I really hate the month of July. And this year it was especially bad with very little rain and high (for us) temps. The countryside is all yellow and brown from lack of water and so is our grass. Veggies struggling, we have watered a bit but you can't go mad in case there's a water shortage. Horrible. I can't wait for autumn to be honest, although thankfully we've now had a fair bit of rain and it's a bit cooler.
Anyway, these are my books for July:
35. Blood on the Tracks - edited by Martin Edwards
36. Death on the Riviera - John Bude
37. The French Riviera - Ted Jones
That sums it up much better than I ever could. I enjoyed this journey along the coast of the French Riviera, reading about individual writers and their connections to certain towns. Perhaps it wasn't quite a as rivietting as I was hoping it might be, but there you go. I read it at the same time as Death on the Riviera by John Bude so I could see that the observations he made about the British expats there were spot on. I have The Riviera Set by Mary Lovell to read so that should increase my knowledge a bit more.
38. Valour's Choice - Tanya Huff
39. Busman's Holiday - Dorothy L. Sayers
40. I Feel Bad About My Neck - Nora Ephron
Favourite book of July? Hmm, difficult as all the vintage crime yarns were terrific. But, by a small margin, I think it would have to be this:
Because, when all's said and done, who doesn't love a bit of Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane?
So, that was July and now it's August and hurray for that as I can see Autumn at the end of the tunnel! Let joy be unconfined.