What a terrible month in books. I didn’t want to read. I abandoned as many books in June as in the six months previous. And I still can’t get into anything. TBR lists, recommendations, forgotten volumes from my shelf. Nothing works.
Do the Monsters Inc. books I bought as party favours count?
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff – Revelation by C.J. Sansom – Brief Candle In The Dark by Richard Dawkins – Untitled by Anonymous – History’s People by Margaret MacMillan – The 20th Century by John Higgs – Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
What I did manage to finish included some real gems, including three advance copies of books I’ve looked forward to for a long, long time. One of which I’ve specifically been told not to review, tweet, or post about.
Meanwhile, The 20th Century was just what I needed to get through the month. Breezy, informative, and perfect for the non non-fiction lover. It’s a mind-bending take on the century most of us were born in. A book where Richard Dawkins and Pope Benedict XVI agree on the same page while the quirky, the outrageous, and unbelievable all get thrown at you. But, astoundingly, it makes sense in the end. One big idea about how all our ideas fell apart and all in little vignettes that keep you going. Perfect for the Bill Bryson reader. And the book I’ve most enjoyed in some time.
84, Charing Cross Road was a real find. Except I didn’t find it. But I read it twice and it’s the type of book that I’m just not forgetting. The whole thing is a collection of letters between bookloving New Yorker Helene Hanff and her stuffy, British booksellers. It’s what that relationship should look like in every bookstore. But I’d suggest skipping the film adaption starring Anthony Hopkins with its over dramatic musical score.
So I hope July is better. I’ve still got a big pile of books and more recommendations than I know what to do with. Just looking for the right thing.