Summer reading

August gives most of us a bit more time… I’m using some of mine to write of course. But I’m also enjoying more time to read. Here’s some recommendations from my recent favourite reads – and a snoop at what I’m reading right now…

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So, here’s a glimpse of what I’m speeding through this month…

I’ve been thrilled to discover L.M. Montgomery’s trilogy about Emily of New Moon and am already on book two – Emily Climbs and looking forward to taking the third and final one on holiday to Ireland next month.

This series by the author best known for Anne of Green Gables is equally magical for some of the same, and some very different reasons. My favourite thing of all about it centres around Emily’s fascination with ‘the flash’.

But that’s all I’m saying… you’ll have to read the books to find out what that is and why it’s so wonderful…

Another series, I’m in the midst of at the moment is The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place which is a beautifully written mock gothic romp. In fact, book II – The hidden gallery is in plain view on my bookshelf, tempting me to pick it up before I finish Emily Climbs. But I will resist… I have strict rules about these things.

The Tiger Rising is a stand-alone novel but I know in advance I’ll be able to recommend it, because Kate Di Camillo is rapidly rising up my cherished authors list with every book of hers I read.

And what have I finished recently that I’d also recommend to you?

For everyone:

In addition to the first books in the Emily of New Moon and The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, I very much enjoyed the laugh out loud read that was A. f. Harold’s Fizzlebert Stump – The Boy Who Ran Away From The Circus (and joined the library).

I’m usually more of a fan of the whimsical than the outright funny, so another Di Camillo novel, Because of Winn Dixie has haunted me since I read it last spring. But Chris Riddle’s Goth Girl: and the Ghost of a Mouse and Polly Horvarth’s Mr and Mrs Bunny – Detectives Extraordinaire (translated from the Rabbit) had great concepts and were great fun at the time but haven’t lingered with lasting impressions.

And a couple just for those bigger readers?

I’d highly recommend two books recommended to me by my friend Alison – and devoured very quickly straight afterwards with equal delight but dissimilar reasons:

Ann Shafer and Annie Barrows’ brilliant The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society and Ian Morgan Cron’s Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s tale.

Whatever you choose – from my list or yours – enjoy!

And to finish with… here’s one of the most idyllic locations I’ve spent time reading in this summer – the beautiful and ruined to perfection Jervaux Abbey… Doesn’t it just make you want to step inside, sit down and open that first tantalising page?

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Freddie’s off to book group

And yes, he will be able to answer all theseĀ Questions for book groups on The Finding of Freddie Perkins that Liz has put together! Unlike Liz… who has to admit that she was surprised to see macaroni cheese alongside the more authentically Scottish themed food at the launch party for the book – and had to be reminded it was Freddie’s favourite food!