Thursday, September 1, 2016
What I Read: August
August was an okay reading month. For the most part, I enjoyed what I read. I just feel like the month got away from me and I didn't make as much time to read as I wanted. As always, click on the book titles to read my Goodreads reviews.
The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street, by Helene Hanff. Earlier this year, I read 84, Charing Cross Road and loved it. This is the sequel, when Helene finally gets to visit England. I didn't love it as much, but it was still enjoyable. I like her writing style and her enthusiasm for England was fun.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne. So many mixed feelings on this one. I've been a Harry Potter fan since I was about 9 or 10, so I was understandably excited about this play. It had some good aspects (Scorpius! Who would have ever thought that the child of Draco Malfoy could be so endearing and generally adorable?), but was overall disappointing. It doesn't really feel like the "eighth Harry Potter book." More details in my review, if you're interested.
A Room With a View, by E.M. Forster. This book wasn't really what I expected! I enjoyed it, but I think I'll like it more after a reread. It was so short that I didn't feel like I knew the characters well enough. (Now I'm watching the adaptations...I watched the Helena Bonham-Carter one last week, and soon I'm going to see the newer Masterpiece version.)
Martha's Vineyard: Isle of Dreams, by Susan Branch. The last of this series of three memoirs I've been borrowing from someone in knitting group. The England one is still my favorite, but this one was probably in second. It's less sad than the first one, and it has a wonderfully cozy feel. It makes you want to hole up in a tiny home and surround yourself with the things you love. :)