Seems a little early for a reading challenge wrap-up but it’s true, the Christmas in Summer Reading Challenge, hosted by Brona’s Books, is done and dusted.
I read 17 books as part of this challenge (scraping in to finish on 29th Feb – thank you leap year). Of those 17, there were a couple of shockers and although I don’t normally harp on about books that I haven’t enjoyed, I must reiterate that Unspeakable Things by Kathleen Spivack was spectacularly bad. I never want to read the words ‘aureole’ or ‘thrumming’ in a story again.
Thankfully, I read a few truly wonderful books as part of this challenge. Wallace Stegner’s Crossing to Safety was a brilliant beginning to the 2016 reading year, quickly followed by the memorable The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie and the crushingly sad My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout.
Special mention must be made of Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett. I still haven’t quite articulated what I loved about this book – I’ve been thrown by the fact that a book about the gruesome, cruel practice of whaling can also be so charming and funny.
Thanks again to Brona for hosting.