I managed to read seventeen books in July plus one (rare for me) DNF but there were plenty of five-star reads to choose from. Click on the book title to read my full review. You can find a complete list of all the books I’ve read so far this year here, with links to my reviews. If we’re not already friends on Goodreads, send me a friend request or follow my reviews.
First up this month it’s Call of the Curlew by Elizabeth Brooks, a hauntingly atmospheric mystery set in a remote house deep in the marshes and with a dual timeline that moves the reader between the Second World War and close to the modern day.
More historical fiction next. In Song by Michelle Jana Chan, the reader is transported from China to tropical Guiana as we follow the adventures of Song, a young Chinese boy setting out to make his fortune in the world. I described it as ‘a wonderful tale of survival, friendship, courage and triumph over adversity’.
Now on to my next choice. Through the eyes of Alex, a twenty-six-year-old Jewish Bostonian living in southern China, where his father runs the family’s shoe factory, The Emperor of Shoes by Spencer Wise explores questions of identity and cultural difference in a thought-provoking and compelling way.
It’s back to historical fiction again and more foreign shores in The Pagoda Tree by Claire Scobie, set in 18th century India. The book certainly transported this reader to a different time and place, immersing me in a culture very different to my own and introducing me to the compelling story of Maya, a temple dancer.
Finally, we move to 10th century Iceland in Smile of the Wolf by Tim Leach. I’m going to steal the author’s description of it as a ‘frozen Western’ as it’s the perfect way to describe this epic story of exile, betrayal and revenge.
What fabulous books did you read in July?