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July 2018 QuickLit

I’m about three days late to the party, but I’m linking up with The Modern Mrs. Darcy to share the books that I’ve enjoyed over the last month. If you’re looking for a good read, head on over to her website and scroll down to the linkup party – I’m sure you’ll be able to find something that will strike your fancy!

This isn’t everything that I’ve read since the last link up, only the highlights. Once upon a time, I used to write a little something about everything that I read, but that’s just not in the stars for me right now!


The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro – I actually wrote a blog post about this one! In a nutshell, I wasn’t a huge fan but am glad that I read it. This was my third novel by Ishiguro and I adored The Buried Giants and Never Let Me Go, so I was excited to finally read this one. I found this one to have a little too much navel gazing, yet it was beautifully written. I enjoyed riding down the English country roads with the narrator and imagining myself enjoying the warm sun and and cups of tea.


Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel – A young man walks into the Maine woods and walks out 27 years later in handcuffs. Christopher Knight spent 27 years living in a tent in Maine, surviving by stealing from the houses and camps in the area. In those 27 years, he spoke one word: “hi” to a hiker he inadvertently passed in the woods. This was fascinating, not only because not talking for 27 years is a fantasy of mine, but because the author did a deep dive to understand why a person would do this and it’s still something of a mystery! This book was approachable and enjoyable, despite my hesitance to read anything nonfiction.


Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal – oh, this was so much fun and I immediately got on the waitlist for the second book in this series! Maggie Hope grew up with her aunt in the states, believing that her parents died in a car accident as a child. She inherited a crumbling Victorian house in London from her grandmother and ended up staying when she found that she couldn’t sell the house due to the start of WWII. She got a job as a secretary for Winston Churchill and we are sucked down a rabbit hold of all things beautifully British. Maggie is an amazing character and I can’t wait to read more of her story!


The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – I dismissed this book for the longest time because I thought the cover looked like The Shack, which I’m avoiding like the plague. But it always seems to be available in the ‘popular’ section of my library’s overdrive site, so I finally downloaded it and was immediately sucked in. This was a feminist Russian fairytale that’s full of atmosphere — the perfect read for these hot summer days! Even though I’m not really a fantasy reader, I truly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to downloading the second book in the series!


Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel – I learned about this book from sweet Laila over at Big Reading Life, who recently read this as well. This was St. John Mandel’s first novel and it’s structure was the same as the other two books that I’ve read by her (Station Eleven and The Lola Quartet), multiple timelines and multiple points of views. Of course, the story itself was very different than the others, which I found compelling and interesting. Lilia was kidnapped by her father as a child and lived her life on the road, never staying in one place too long. When she leaves her lover, Eli, in New York City, he is grief-stricken and goes to Montreal to search for her. While there, he learns more about her unique past and becomes more and more desperate to find her.


Thanks for stopping by! I hope you found something to add to your wish list — let me know if you did! Have you read any of these? What did you think about them?

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