Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Books I read in July -- MONTHLY WRAP UP

July 2023

I finished 13 books in July, including three from my TBR 23 in '23 stack. There wasn’t a clunker in the bunch.
See any of your own favorites here? 


French Ways and Their Meaning by Edith Wharton, a collection of WWI-era essays aimed at teaching American soldiers about France. One of my TBR 23 in '23 books. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

The Painted Veil by Somerset Maugham. This is an August buddy read, but I jumped the gun. As usual, I enjoyed the book much more than the movie, which I watched when it came out in 2006. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu, which I loved. Yu won the 2020 National Book Award for this funny, insightful satire of Hollywood. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

A Passionate Man by Joanne Trollope. I love a good Aga Saga and Trollope always delivers. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Italian Fever by Valerie Martin is the story of a woman who goes to Italy when the novelist she works for dies there and she needs to wrap up his affairs. The details were more than a bit odd, but it kept me interested. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน1/2

The Sellout by Paul Beatty won the 2020 Booker Prize. It was a little scattered and magical for me, but I appreciate the talent it took to create it. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

S. by John Updike is a 1988 novel inspired by the Rajneeshees here in Oregon. It sagged for me some in the middle, but had a couple of twists that perked up the ending. All in all, a highlight of the month. It will stick with me. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Foxed Quarterly Vol. 77, the Spring 2023 issue. I keep track of when I finish these so I know which ones I’ve read. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Bobos in Paradise by David Brooks, because I always seem to be about 20 years behind with popular sociology books. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh, a buddy read over on Instagram. So good! ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner by Elizabeth George, another in her Inspector Lynley series I’m marching through. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

A Better Man by Louise Penny. I enjoyed this one as much as always and now only have three left! ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน


Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson, which I read with my ears. What a fantastic book! This shaggy novel set in 1920s London was the perfect companion to Vile Bodies, almost an homage. Another favorite. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

What were your standout reads in July?

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