It’s been a while since I’ve done a monthly reading wrap up–I see March 2022 was my last one–partly because of laziness but also partly since I don’t quite know where the time went, frankly. So instead of doing the usual detailed one, this one’s just a short version for all four months. I’m fairly pleased with my reading so far this year in terms of the different genres I managed to get to, as well as the fact that I have been able to read quite a few nonfic titles as I had meant to. So here goes:

April 2022

April saw me read a total of 9 books; I participated in Karen and Simon’s #1954 Club for which I read three entries, one book for #Narniathon21, and for the rest it was review copies. Here are the books I read (reviews linked to the title:

A Bad Business by Fyodor Dostoevsky and translated by Nicholas Pasternak Slater and Maya Slater (a surprising short story collection from Dostoevsky which introduced me to new shades in his writing)

The Miraculous History of Nomi Ali by Usma Aslam Khan (heartbreaking historical fiction set in the Andamans)

Fifty Four Pigs by Philipp Schott (mystery with a veterinarian as a detective)

The Equestrienne by Ursula Kovalyk and translated by Julia and Peter Sherwood (a young girl finds unexpected solace in a riding school in socialist Czechoslovakia only to have her dream end when it ends)

Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford (nonfic bio)

The Wheel on the School by Meindert Dejong (lovely children’s tale in a Dutch fishing village, set around making space for nature)

Shroud of Darkness by E.C.R Lorac (murder mystery with a train setting)

In Place of Fear by Catriona McPherson (historical fiction with a mystery and the early days of the NHS)

The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis (Narnia)

May 2022

May was a fairly solid reading month with 12 books read. I participated in #Naniathon21 and Ali’s Daphne Du Maurier reading week

The Living Mountain by Amitav Ghosh (powerful fable on climate change/the anthropocene)

Murder at Claridge’s by Jim Eldridge (murder mystery in WWII London)

A World Full of Nature Stories by Angela McAllister and illustrated by Hannah Bess Ross (50 traditional tales from around the world on various facets of nature)

The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte by Daphne du Maurier (nonfiction bio)

Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier (adventure, love and pirates in Cornwall)

Sam and James: A Test of Will by A. A. Freda (protagonists who look into white collar crimes in the 1970s; here they are faced with a murder investigation and personal troubles)

Pirate Queens: The Lives of Anne Bonny and Mary Read by Rebecca Alexandra West (nonfic on the lives of two female pirates)

The Cat and the Pendulum by Mandy Morton (a mystery in a cat world with two kitty detectives)

Taobao by Dan K Woo (short stories in modern China; sadly a bit of a miss)

Black Butterflies by Priscilla Morris (a woman caught in war torn Sarajevo)

Bookmarked: Middlemarch and the Imperfect Life by Pamela Erens (reflections on the how Middlemarch has impacted the author, and its relevance today)

The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis (Narnia)

A thirteen read, Villette which I read over three months with a book group, I also completed in May, but rather than a review, I wrote a post on its heroine Lucy Snowe

June 2022

June was far slower with just 8 books read, but all very good ones; I started the final Narnia book but only finished in early July. But I started my #10BooksofSummer

The Flying Sikh by Stephen Barker (nonfic bio of Hardit Singh Malik, the only Sikh airman in the RAF in World War I)

Counterfeit by Kirsten Chen (cons in the world of fashion)

A Taste for Killing by Sarah Hawkswood (a mediaeval mystery)

Death on Gokumon Island by Seishi Yokomizo and translated by Louise Heal Kawai (mystery in 1940s Japan featuring the detective Kosuke Kindaichi)

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa and translated by Stephen Snyder (an unusual friendship between a professor with a memory problem, his housekeeper, and her ten-year-old son; bonding over maths and baseball)

A Thing with Feathers by J. John Nordstrom (a disillusioned lawyer looking for the love of his life, his Emily Dickinson)

Of Sunshine and Bedbugs by Isaac Babel and translated by Boris Dralyuk (short stories by Babel of childhood and growing up, of gangs, and also war, all in Odessa)

A Good and Dignified Life: The Political Advice of Hannah Arendt and Rosa Luxemburg by Joke J. Hermsen and translated by Brendan Monaghan (reflections on the thoughts and writings of Arendt and Luxemburg, the things about them that inspire us, and their relevance today)

July 2022

Finally July; another slow month as I juggled work and reading and seemed to fall behind on both; 9 books read and reviewed; one spilled over into August

Tokyo Express by Seicho Matsumoto and translated by Jesse Kirkwood (murder? mystery in 1950s Japan involving corruption and business, but more so, a puzzle around trains)

Golden Hill by Frances Spufford (historical fiction in 19th century New York)

Fieldnotes on Listening by Kit Dobson (reflections on the lost art of listening and disconnect with nature)

The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis (Narnia)

Murder at the Priory Hotel by Merryn Allingham (murder mystery in 1950s England)

The Game with No Name by L.G. Cunningham (three children are pulled into a mysterious game where their favourite boardgames come to life)

The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson (YA murder mystery)

The Martins by David Foenkinos and translated by Sam Taylor (an author decides to write about the first person he meets on the street)

The Little Captain by Paul Biegel, and translated by Gillian Hume and Paul Biegel (a seafaring adventure with a captain and crew who are all children)

So that was the, er…, short version of my last four months of reading. I’m hoping to be able to get back on track with wrap ups from now on and put up one every month as usual. Fingers crossed!

How was your reading this July? Any recommendations? What plans for August? Happy reading month!

17 thoughts on “Updates and Wrap Ups: April-July 2022

  1. Such a lovely romp through your reading over the months, and it says a lot about your reviewing and discussions that the subject matter of many of these titles remain quite vivid in my memory, even if the names elude me!

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  2. A lovely roundup. I see you read The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa, I have that on my kindle. I read the first few pages some months ago and couldn’t get into it. Perhaps I should try again.

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  3. I like this 4 month wrap up as you can compare your reading over the months instead of just month to month. You sure read some interesting books!

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