What I read in July 2018

In July I read five books; I have written about them in a single post. I recommend each and every one of them!

The Shadow Doctor by Adrian Plass

I read The Shadow Doctor for the second time. The original review I wrote may be found here.

I ended that review with a comment that I would almost certainly read it again. I enjoyed it just as much the second time. I have a habit of reading stories too quickly and missing some of the details. If I had to describe the subject matter of this book using a single word, it would be Empathy.

The next book I read from cover to cover is a children’s picture book. I found it in a book sack in a military museum, which we visited as members of English Heritage. It was written to commemorate the start of the Great War, now known as WW1. Where the poppies now grow by Hilary Robinson and Michael Impey is a gentle story, which doesn’t downplay the results for individuals of going to war.

Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper is also a children’s book. The label on the back suggested an age of 11+ if I remember correctly. I borrowed it from the library. Having enjoyed another book by Susan Cooper (reviewed here), I was looking out for more. Ghost Hawk is quite different from King of Shadows, being a tale of Native Americans and early settlers in North America. It could be classed as a coming of age story. I really enjoyed it.

My Life in Houses by Margaret Forster is an autobiographical novel (another library book). I read a biographical book by this author previously.

As with that one, I recommended this to hubby, who also found it very interesting and agreed that the author seems to have been a genuinely nice person. She wrote quite openly about what it was like to live for years as a cancer patient.

The Reassembler by James May

This book was in my nearest library. It was produced to accompany a television series, which I had not seen. However the idea of reading about rebuilding a variety of complicated items appealed to me. I enjoy finding out how things work. The intended audience for this book was obviously male. I found it very easy reading. The print and the layout and the diagrams were all easy on the eye. There were lots of details about the correct words to describe various small parts. The diversions into the history of the inventions were interesting. Do you know, for instance, why electric guitars are the shapes that they are?

It was another book hubby also read before it was due back.


3 thoughts on “What I read in July 2018

  1. I enjoy the diverse variety of books you read Sue. Thank you for linking. #TalkoftheTown

    ps which English Heritage site? We enjoy visiting their sites, not just because of the history but also because we can take our dog too!


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