I had an absolute blast in July. Probably because I had a birthday going on. And that meant seriously decadent chocolate cake. Because there is nothing better than a chocolate birthday cake. With chocolate ganache. Wee Reader loved it too, especially eating “the words” (he still talks today about “eating the words” on cakes, although I don’t actually put words on cakes I make!).
It was also a great month for reading.
I went behind the scenes at a New York restaurant kitchen, went fern-finding in Oaxaca, armchair-traveled to France, Italy, Laos, Poland, Texas, Ohio, Chicago, London, outer space, plus other made up worlds.
I started a new series (Leigh Bardugo’s The Grisha series), read book two of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, book four of Colin Cotterill’s Dr Siri series.
And read some gorgeous debut novels: Ruby by Cynthia Bond, Everything I never told you by Celeste Ng. And some other new-to-me authors like Megan Abbott, Sarah Dunant, Anthony Doerr, Michael Gibney.
And a couple of brilliant short story collections. Anthony Doerr’s Memory Wall just blew me away, from the first story to the last. Usually when I read such collections, there might be one or two (or sometimes more) stories that don’t work for me, but Memory Wall was just such a wonderful read. The stories traversed the globe, China, Germany, South Africa, Lithuania, and the theme that tied them all together was memory and how it envelops our lives. Alexie’s Ten Little Indians had such great moments but there were a couple of stories that didn’t work so well for me. Still it was a pretty great read.
I am looking forward to August!
Last August I focused on Southeast Asian literature (see my list of books I’ve read and still hope to read here). And hopefully I will be able to do that again this year. August just sneaked up on me there! I guess I was enjoying July too much….
The Sea Garden – Deborah Lawrenson
Last Night at the Blue Angel – Rebecca Rotert
Ruby – Cynthia Bond
Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
Birth of Venus – Sarah Dunant
Memory Wall – Anthony Doerr
Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) – Marisa Meyer
Anarchy and Old Dogs (Dr Siri #4) – Colin Cotterill
The Fever – Megan Abbott
Everything I never told you – Celeste Ng
Barbary – Vonda McIntyre
Ten Little Indians – Sherman Alexie
The facts in the case of the departure of Miss Finch – Neil Gaiman; Michael Zulli
Americus – MK Reed, Jonathan Hill
The Property – Rutu Modan
The Tea Reader: Living life one cup at a time- Katrina Avila Munichiello (ed)
Oaxaca Journal – Oliver Sacks
Sous chef – Michael Gibney (review to come)