The Year in Books :: July 2016

Hello July – how are you?  Have you brought Mr Sunshine along with you?!

I slowed down with my reading in June – almost entirely on purpose.  I was feeling like I was trying to get through my books as quickly as possible just to get them read, and then I realised that this was possibly the most silly thing I could be doing.  What’s the point of reading quickly if two days later, I cannot remember a single thing that I read? (I actually watched a video on YouTube the other day which discussed this among other things – funny how things all join up sometimes isn’t it?)

In June I read The Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine

Lady of Hay

I always enjoy Barbara Erskine’s books – they usually have a slightly spooky element (ghosts or similar) and a dual time line.  This one had the dual time frame, but no spookies.  This followed Jo, a journalist in the 1980s, who embarks upon a series of articles set on debunking certain things.  One of these was hypnosis.  As the story goes on Jo is hypnotised and finds that she was previous alive in the time of King John.

I did enjoy this, but I found some of the scenes slightly morally and ethically dubious – I won’t say too much in case you want to read it, but some of the actions taken by characters while others were under hypnosis just nettled me a little bit.

Overall, a fun absorbing story – I think I preferred the earlier storyline compared to the modern day parts.

I then switched to some non fiction and read Rising Ground by Philip Marsden

Rising Ground

This was beautifully written and very evocative of Cornwall and the surrounding countryside.  I did find the way it was split up into small vignettes dealing with certain interesting characters, or periods of history slightly disjointed.  I often find with this kind of book that half of the stories really grab me and the other half I find really quite dull.  I found the industrial parts of this one a little boring, and I found that they didn’t really get to the “spirit of place” as the subtitle suggests.  The parts dealing with prehistory and archaeology however, were really absorbing and I enjoyed those chapters a lot.

As is usual with me, I have no idea what I want to read next, all I know is that whatever  choose will be read slowly and savoured – it’s my new aim for sure.  What’s the point of reading if nothing sinks in, nothing resonates or makes me think?

What are you reading at the moment?  Anything amazing that I should add to my every growing wish list?

Organdie. x

PS – As always this project was started by Laura over at Circle of Pine Trees– go and say hi, her blog is gorgeous!  You can find more information about The Year in Books project by visiting the page on her blog here.


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