What a month it has been!
The house move went very well, with the only casualty being an old terracotta plant pot, and my book mark, which I’m fairly sure I’ve tucked inside a book, but can’t remember which one! It’ll turn up, I’m sure!
It does mean that my reading has been a little slower than usual, as packing, unpacking, and general house-related activities have taken up a rather large amount of time, but I’m hoping that now I’m settled in that I’ll get back up to speed.
I managed to read three backlist titles this month, but didn’t get around to reviewing any of them:
The Lesser Bohemians by Eimer McBride
From the writer of one of the most memorable debuts of recent years, a story of first love and redemption.
One night in London an eighteen year old girl, recently arrived from Ireland to study drama, meets an older actor and a tumultuous relationship ensues. Set across the bedsits and squats of mid-nineties north London, The Lesser Bohemians is a story about love and innocence, joy and discovery, the grip of the past and the struggle to be new again.
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, aged barely seventeen, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, fight in the Indian Wars and the Civil War. Having both fled terrible hardships, their days are now vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in. Then when a young Indian girl crosses their path, the possibility of lasting happiness seems within reach, if only they can survive.
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, The Bridge.
With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. For inside her new home lies a locked room, and beyond that door lies a two-hundred-year-old diary and a deeply unsettling painted wooden figure – a Silent Companion – that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself…
This does mean that I’ve just started my ascent of Mount Ararat, which was my aim when I started this challenge at the start of the year!
Whilst I’ve not read as much over the last month, my purchasing of books hasn’t slowed down at all! 😀
- Total: 61
- Backlist: 14
- ARCs: 13
- New: 34