Sunday, July 3, 2016

Sunday Salon: June in Review

Musing for this week's Sunday Salon.

In June, I read nine books and listened to four audio books.  That's a low number of audio books for me, but two of them were longish nonfiction, and slowed me down.

Books Read:
The Blackout (1951) by Constance and Gwyneth Little
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper (2016) by Phaedra Patrick
The Madwoman Upstairs (2016) by Catherine Lowell
Wink Poppy Midnight (2016) by April Genevieve Tucholke
Mystery in White (1937) J. Jefferson Farjeon
The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman (2016) Mamen Sanchez
The Secrets of Wishtide (2016) by Kate Saunders
Britt-Marie Was Here (2014) by Fredrik Backman
Life and Death of Harriett Frean (1922) by May Sinclair

Audio Books:
The Magnificent Century (1951) by Thomas B. Costain
Final Curtain (1947) by Ngaio Marsh
The Three Edwards (1958) by Thomas B. Costain
The Leper of St. Giles (1981) by Ellis Peters

I didn't review The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, but it was well worth reading.  Maybe not quite 5 stars, but close.  The two I most recommend out of this month are Britt-Marie Was Here (my review) and The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman (my review).

I also took two trips to the library's annual used book sale--I went on the first day, and on the last day when books were $5/bag.  In addition, I got one book in my OwlCrate and three from the used book store, making a grand total of 32 books for the month. I've been so good over the past few years, trying to keep my book buying to a minimum, but I went wild in June.  Here is my haul, minus My Lady Jane.  Notice the matching set of Alcott books in the back of the top left photo.  They were from the 1950's and looked as if they'd never been opened!