Literary Life: August in Review

This time last year I was unoccupied and reading all the books I could get my hands on. This August hasn’t been nearly as productive reading wise, I feel as if I’ve barely picked up a book.

I’ve decided to post this prior to the end of August as frankly I cannot foresee anything literary occurring to me between now and then.

Currently Reading:

Park Notes by Sarah Pickstone (and more)

Unfinished:

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (perhaps I’ll get to the other 50% another time)

Read:

  1. History of the Rain by Niall Williams
  2. Unthink by Chris Paley
  3. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  4. Mãn by Kim Thúy
  5. The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-So-Great Ones) Saved My Life by Andy Miller
  6. The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

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Poetry Discovered:

Bereft by Robert Frost
As I Grew Older by Langston Hughes
Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare
Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen

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In other news:

 It’s the Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival from 14th – 16th September; Soho Theatre Literary Festival from 24th – 28th September; Blenheim Palace Literary Festival from 25th – 28th September; The Henley Literary Festival from 29th September – 5th October; and The London Literature Festival from 30th September – 13th October. Phew, that’s a lot of literature in a short space of time.

How was your August?

 

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Anbolyn Potter (@anbolynp)
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I only finished two books in August, but I feel that my reading slump has come to an end. Thank heavens. I loved Great Expectations – did you not enjoy it?

Kya
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Don’t be too hard on yourself. You have read many books and not every month can be as active. :)

Charlie
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Definitely worth giving GE another go sometime. It is wordy, but worth it in the end. 6 books is pretty great :)

yasmine rose
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You have read way more than me this August!!