July — Classic Summer

It seems like every time I tried to publish this post over the past three days, another storm would roll through and interrupt our internet service.  Fingers crossed, I’m taking advantage of a break in the clouds to see if this one makes it through!

Ah, summertime.  Nothing like relaxing in your favorite outdoor reading spot, lemonade or iced tea at hand, and diving into a good….classic???

While many of us use these lazy days of summer to catch up on favorite mysteries or popular beach reads, I decided to choose some classic literature that’s been sitting on my “unread” shelves for way too long.  There’s no War and Peace or Brideshead Revisited here (I’m not a masochist!); instead I opted for these:

I honestly don’t know why I haven’t read Cry, The Beloved Country before now.  It’s been on my to-read list for years and I’m now going to give it the attention it deserves.  I’ve been a fan of Charles Portis for some time (True Grit will always be one of my favs) so when I came across his first novel, Norwood, I just knew I had to add it to my collection.  And for a bit of comic relief, I have P.G. Wodehouse’s classic, Thank You, Jeeves, which I’m going into rather blindly but enthusiastically.

Goodreads Group Reads

I’m giving myself a second reading chance with Lisa Jewell’s Then She Was Gone, a mystery I had planned on reading for Mystery March before the world turned upside down.  Another Group Read worth mentioning and recommending:  Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry.  I read this epic western many moons ago and I’m a bit down that I lost my copy at some point over the years.  If you can find a copy (I swear every book club everywhere must be reading this at the same time, my library hold list is a mile long and even my favorite online bookstore was out of copies!) I highly recommend this timeless adventure.

June in a Nutshell

I did finish two of the books my son picked and I just started the third one a couple of days ago.  I must say, he did a great job with his selections, I may just have him play guest advisor for me again in the near future!

What are your reading plans for July?

Stay safe, be well, and Happy Reading!

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