We are already July 8th, and I have been dragging my feet to do my June wrap-up, which is a shame, as I have read so many great books this past month.

I am not much into beach reads for the summer, but I just finished a good, fun, and easy read by Helen Grant, The Glass Demon. Review upcoming.

I am currently listening to Wolf Hall, I know I am a year late. I enjoy it very much, the narrator is spectacular. My only challenge is that at the same time I’m reading another historical novel: Before Versailles, so I have to be careful to press the right switch in my head, not to get the characters all mixed up! Not the same century, not the same country, but still.

I am also reading a fun and very instructive book on the history and phenomenon of puns! Did you know there’s such a thing as Puns Word Championships. The book was written by one of these champions. It is very well done, I love it: The Pun Also Rises.

If you type the Pun Also Rises in Goodreads, it asks you if you meant the Sun Also Rises, and gives you first Hemingway’s book, only 2nd comes The Pun Also Rises. So funny. Goodreads seems to lack some humor. But that illustrates well the passage in the book where the author talks at length about the complexity puns represent for your brain.

Anyway, if none of this sounds too exciting, here are 10 more titles I ran into recently:


New Finnish Grammar, by Diego Marani
Yes, it IS a novel, but very much related to languages, and how to learn a language. When I discovered that there were 15 cases in Finnish – Latin sounds like a joke compare to THAT!- I knew I had to add this to my TBR.

Athenais: The Life of Louis XIV’s Mistress, the Real Queen Of France, by Lisa Hilton
Oh boy, another book on France and the Sun King ! Who can resist this or him??

From the Mouth of the Whale, by Sjón
Do you feel too hot? Here is a good story about Iceland!

The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield
A 19th century Gothic novel full of mystery and suspense

The Day Lasts More than a Thousand Years, by Chingiz Aitmatov
An intriguing book with a mix of sci-fi and fantasy

Inspector Amelia Peabody series, by Elizabeth Peters
A good detective series


The Final Frontiersman, by James Campbell
The link has a video about this guy living with his family in a natural park in Alaska, this is rather fascinating.

Howards End is on the Landing, by Susan Hill
As usual, I have also this week a book about books!

OxTravels: Meetings with remarkable travel writers, by Michael Palin
If you cannot afford traveling this summer, here is for you!


6 thoughts on “GOOD BOOKS FOR YOUR WEEK-END 07/9-10

  1. I saw you were listed in the literary blog directory, and I thought I’d share with you a blog hop I find fun, the Literary Blog Hop. This week’s prompt is to tell about your favorite literary device. Here’s my attempt to pick my favorite literary device.

    Also, I’d like to invite you to throw your name into the hat for a $25 Amazon gift certificate in Readerbuzz’s July Giveaway!It’s international!

    I hope you will stop by. I always follow back.


    • I do follow the Literary Blob Hop and saw about the literary device, and put a reminder to post something there. thanks for the gift certificate link. I thought I had already entered, but I can’t find my name there. thanks


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