August was a busy month for me and that's reflected in the number of books I managed to read: four. It felt like more, and really it was as one of the books was two books in one and another was quite long. But four in number it is and that's fine. These are they:
41. The Voyage of the Basilisk - Marie Brennan
42. Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz
43. The Olive Tree - Carol Drinkwater
44. The Shadow Land - Elizabeth Kostova
The four are a mix of my own books and library books. I've done very well reading my own books this year, admittedly not always ones that have been on my tbr pile since time immemorial... I do tend towards the newer purchases... but so far this year I've read 44 books, 22 of which have been my own. I've also managed 16 non-fiction books so far this year... it could be more, I realise that, but it's not too bad.
Anyway, hard to name a favourite as none of them were standout wonderful, all good but not really amazing. I think it would have to be The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova.
It did ramble on rather a lot but it was excellent on Bulgarian history and landscape and I was pleased to get an unusual country for the European Reading challenge.
These are the books I'm reading at the moment, not sure how I managed to be reading 3 books of short stories all at once but there ya go...
My bedtime book is a reread of this, inspired by Nan at Letters From a Hill Farm:
And as with my first read of it, it is once again pure delight to read. I feel a reread of Susan Hill's The Magic Apple Tree coming on and am wondering about getting back to the crime series she writes... I read one but didn't get any further.
And now autumn is here. Hooray! Couldn't be more delighted.
(Burnham Beeches - Myles Birket Foster)