In July I appear to have read a lot of books:
- Teaching the New Writing edited by A. Herrington, K. Hodgson and C. Moran
- The New Moon’s Arms by Nalo Hopkinson
- Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon
- American Fuji by Sara Backer
- The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life by Noah Lukeman
- Code of the Samurai translated by Thomas Cleary
- The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith
- This Body of Death by Elizabeth George
Actually, I started the first two in June, so it isn’t all that spectacular!
These books were largely by authors I read a lot: Elizabeth George, Michael Chabon, Alexander McCall Smith, and Nalo Hopkinson. I am predisposed to like anything by them. I was not disappointed.
In the case of the Hopkinson book, I have to say it is the best one by her I have read. Part of that may be that it is about a middle-aged woman who finds she is still in the process of becoming. I truly enjoyed this one!
The Chabon book was short and crazy but a lot of fun. It is unlike anything of his that I have read before.
Probably the book I enjoyed most out of all of these was American Fuji. It is the story of an American woman who lives in Japan. Although I have not lived in Japan, many of her experiences could have happened in some of the countries I have lived in. One of the blurbs on the cover refers to Japan as one of the characters in the book, and it really is.
A couple of these books were to help with the novel my son and I are writing. You can probably tell which ones!
All in all, it was a good month. Since my summer classes were canceled, I had plenty of time. Let’s see how August goes!