I am pleased to have finished 28 books as part of my Summer of Spies reading! I knocked quite a bunch of books off my TBR and learned about some new series and authors that topped it right back up again.
I have to say that I loved the 4 Agatha Christie titles included in the total and that I appreciate the look into Ian Fleming’s work that I got through reading his biography plus 7 (!) of the Bond novels. I also enjoyed Len Deighton and John Le Carré although I’m not sure that I’ll read much by either of them again. I was very taken with Helen MacInnes and Somerset Maugham and can see myself perusing more of their writing sometime in the future.
I regret that I never did get to any books by Graham Greene. His writing is a hole in my reading life that I must fill at some point, but unfortunately not this summer.
True to my fantasy-adoring self, my favourite reads of this summer were Rhys Bowen’s Her Royal Spyness series, Charles Stross’ Laundry Files, and P.N. Elrod’s The Hanged Man.
I hope that all of you who joined me in the Summer of Spies also had fun and got some memorable moments out of the experience.
And now, Happy Halloween Reading, everyone!
I'm almost finished In the Month of the Midnight Sun and then I will have to move on to Voyager, as it is due on September 7 and 23 people are waiting for it. I've waited quite a long time for my turn, so I'm reluctant to return it without reading it. It is part of my Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Project and be assured that I will be reading with a notebook at my elbow to record any birdy inaccuracies that occur! Its a kitten-squisher, so I better get busy with it asap.
I've also got to read Bloody Jack before September 7, as it is the current selection for my real-life book club. As the member who made the selections for the year, its my duty to have them read and be able to discuss them!
And I still have two hold-overs from the Summer of Spies--Goldfinger and A Royal Pain. I'm looking forward to getting them cleaned up prior to getting serious about Halloween Bingo.
The Labour Day weekend is just about here. I've booked Friday off work to extend it to a four day weekend. There's the usual weekend stuff to do, of course--laundry, a bit of house cleaning, some cooking, grocery shopping, you all know the way the list grows. But I'm also going to make some time to go to my favourite used book store to look for a growing list of books that my libraries don't have. Also, I hope to reorganize my paperback shelves and get my Science Fiction & Fantasy project books in better order (and perhaps fitting on the shelves more tidily).
I wish you all happy reading and a great weekend!
Can you believe that summer is almost over? That means a bit of clean up as the Summer of Spies ends and Halloween Bingo begins.
I'm currently working on a non-fiction book Resurrecting the Shark and on Dr. No. Next up is In the Month of the Midnight Sun, because I've renewed it almost as many times as possible at the library. The author was originally billed as coming to When Words Collide, but by the time of the conference, she had disappeared from the schedule. I hope nothing bad happened in her life!
I've got 3 more books I hope to read for the Summer of Spies: The Spy of Venice, A Royal Pain, and Goldfinger. Then I am proclaiming my summer reading project finished.
I recently picked up Voyager at the library--it is part of my Science Fiction & Fantasy reading project and there are 23 people waiting behind me for it. It seems that Gabaldon only writes huge kitten-squishers, so I will have to concentrate on it soon. It's due on September 7.
And finally, my September book club selection: Bloody Jack. We'll be meeting to discuss this book on September 7 also. In other words, I have my reading cut out for me over the next couple of weeks!
I hope that everyone who participated in the Summer of Spies enjoyed it as much as I did! I crossed a lot of titles off my TBR and feel like I have a better understanding of the spy genre than I did in May.
1939: Lily Shephard is on her way to Australia to work as a domestic. On board she meets some entertaining characters. There is a wealthy couple, Eliza and Max, who prefer to be below decks than their own deck. There is Edward who develops an attraction to Lily, and his sister who appears to be overprotective, Maria who is a Jewish refugee and then there is George, a fascist who is really an unlikeable fellow.
Lily finds herself caught up in the world that she would normally not be in. Dress balls, cocktail parties, a world that takes her to Naples, Cairo and Ceylon. All is well until it isn't, meaning that Maria disappears and it is thought that she jumped overboard. Lily also begins to see that Eliza and Max are not who they appear to be and George is sounding more dangerous in his beliefs as time goes on and his fascination with Lily proves to be dangerous to her. Who are these people that Lily has befriended? It seems that they are all running away from their past lives and secrets. Then there is a murder that has everyone reeling.
This novel starts out seeming to be one of a romantic voyage for Lily and a new life for her. Based on the diaries that the author found that belonged to Joan, a friend of her mothers. The diaries detail the voyage that Joan took to Australia. In it Joan told a myriad of details that included, the clothing, the price of things, who she met etcetera. I found this to be interesting in that Rachel Rhys was able to tell a story that contained a lot of real facts from a real person.
I really enjoyed this book and read it in two sittings! A historical fiction novel that had the world on the brink of war.