20 Books of Summer – Nearly there

We’re half way through August and so there are only 2 weeks to go before the end of the 20 Books of Summer challenge hosted by Cathy at https://746books.com/ . I’m still on holiday and really enjoying being able to read without being too tired to take in what I’m reading.

Out of the 10 books on my list for this month, I have read 5 of them and so I’m well on schedule to finish the challenge.

Map’s Edge is the first in a new fantasy series by David Hare. I loved his previous series, The Moontide and the Sunsurge quartets and this was a good start to a new series. A whole community takes to the road to travel to an unexplored part of the country in the hope of discovering a precious mineral which will make their fortunes. The community is full of interesting characters with tensions between them as well the pursuit of the group by the occupying empire’s forces. This was a great first book in a series and I’m looking forward to the next instalment.

Cecily is the story of the life of Cecily Neville, the mother of Richard 111. She was a strong character who influenced events in the early years of the Wars of the Roses in the fourteenth and fifteenth. This was a great fictionalised account of her life and really showed how women could influence things behind the scenes .

Both Cecily and Map’s Edge were read courtesy of Net Galley and the publishers.

The Smoke Thieves was given to me by my daughter and is the first in a YA fantasy trilogy. I enjoyed this more than I expected. The characters are engaging and while there is nothing really new in the setting or events, the book is well written and I’m looking forward to reading the next two.

The Salt Path was also given to me by my daughter. This is based on the true story of a couple who lose everything and end up walking the South west coast path rather than become homeless. It’s an amazing story detailing their hardships and joys as they walked the path. I really enjoyed reading this and it certainly made me think about our attitudes to people who are homeless.

The Vanishing Half was given to me as a birthday present. It’s the story of a identical twin girls who leave their home town in America to find a better life out in the world but one of the twins disappears without a trace. The story is set in 1968 and 1978 and covers the issues of segregation, racism and identity as well as being a good story. It definitely made me think about how someone could just start their life again as a completely new person with no ties to their previous existence. I don’t think that I could do it.

So I have now read 15 out of my original 20 (as well as all the other books that I have managed to squeeze in. Just 5 to go. How’s your Summer reading going?

Author: JdV

Assistant Head of a large primary school south of Leicester. Currently teaching my final year as I count down to retirement

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