July 2015 books

This is the latest post in a series I started in late 2019, anticipating the twentieth anniversary of my bookblogging which will fall in 2023. Every six-ish days, I’ve been revisiting a month from my recent past, noting work and family developments as well as the books I read in that month. I’ve found it a pleasantly cathartic process, especially in recent circumstances. If you want to look back at previous entries, they are all tagged under bookblog nostalgia.

A busy travel month, as I visited London, Barcelona and, for the only time in my life so far, Nigeria for work purposes, and also went to my cousin’s housewarming/wedding party in Luxembourg.

En route to the latter, we detoured to Trier in Germany, where the Emperor Constantine’s throne room, built in the early 300’s, is now the main Protestant church in the city and was hosting a sculpture exhibition.

As we drove home, the EU summit was sorting out Greece’s finances.

Puppy madness was still dominating my reading time, so I read only 18 books that month.

Non-fiction: 4 (YTD 27)
Splintered Light: Tolkien’s World, by Verlyn Flieger
The Prisoner, by Dave Rogers
Gulp, by Mary Roach
The King’s Speech, by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi

Splintered Light The Prisoner Gulp The Kings Speech

Fiction (non-sf): 4 (YTD 22)
The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton
The True Deceiver, by Tove Jansson
Ulysses, by James Joyce
The Sorrows of an American, by Siri Hust

The Luminaries The True Deceiver Ulysses Sorrows of an American

SF (non-Who): 3 (YTD 77)
City at the End of Time, by Greg Bear (did not finish, 100 pages only)
A Scanner Darkly, by Philip K. Dick
Kushiel’s Mercy, by Jacqueline Carey

City at the End of Time A Scanner Darkly Kushiels Mercy

Doctor Who, etc: 6 (YTD 28)
Killing Ground, by Steve Lyons
Halflife, by Mark Michalowski
Ghost Devices, by Simon Bucher-Jones
Doctor Who and the Vortex Crystal by William H. Keith, Jr.
Doctor Who and the Rebel’s Gamble by William H. Keith, Jr.
Doctor Who – The Drosten’s Curse, by A.L. Kennedy

Killing Ground Halflife Ghost Devices Vortex Crystal Rebels Gamble Drostens Curse

Comics : 1 (YTD 11)
Sally Heathcote, Suffragette, by Mary M. Talbot, Kate Charlesworth and Bryan Talbot

Sally Heathcote

~6,300 pages (YTD 43,700)
9/18 by women (YTD 48/165) – Flieger, Roach, Catton, Jansen, Hustvedt, Kennedy, Talbot/Charlesworth
0/18 by PoC (YTD 11/147)

The best new read of these was Sally Heathcote, Suffragette, which you can get here, though I also enjoyed returning to Ulysses, which you can get here, and A Scanner Darkly, which you can get here.

I thoroughly bounced off The Sorrows of an American, but you can get it here.