July Projections


Thanks to all who participated in #JazzAgeJune, including those who commented on posts. And thank you to Fanda for her support and her wonderful design of the poster. I very much enjoyed the discussion on my blog of The Great Gatsby and the varied responses toward the book. I wonder how those in 2120 will respond to it and if it will hold up as the quintessential book of the Jazz Age? Fiction Fan is hosting a readalong of Tender is the Night for later in the year and I am thinking of joining.

June was a slow blogging month, but I was busy reading. Along with reading and reviewing The Great Gatsby, I finished The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James, The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni and started The Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare. I am pleased that I am reading more contemporary novels, fantasy and nonfiction this month as my two trips to the library for curbside pickup reflect:


The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
The City we Became by N.K. Jemisin
The Moon Sister by Lucinda Riley
The Illness Lesson by Clare Beams


The Lady’s Handbook for her Mysterious Illness by Sarah Ramey
The Monk Within by Beverly Lanzetta
Hill Women by Cassie Chambers

And the big question: Will I finish the last of my Classics Club selections before September 13th?

Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
Middlemarch by George Eliot
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

I am also doing a slow read through G. de Purucker’s, The Esoteric Tradition.

Reading Events

A foreign language challenge hosted by Lory at The Emerald City Book Review. Although I am still so new at Spanish studies I am going to try the Spanish translation of Abel’s Island–La Isla de Abel, by William Steig.

That’s a lot of reading! Wishing you all a safe summer full of books and bikes and whatever you likes….sorry….🤭


11 thoughts on “July Projections

  1. Anything by William Stieg, in any language, gets my vote. I’ll be watching for Chris’s and your reviews of Middlemarch, which I love. But yes, it’s big, but worth every page. Happy summer to you!

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  2. Oh, good, I hope you do manage to join us for Tender is the Night! It’s so long since I read it in my early twenties I don’t remember anything about it, so it will be like a first read for me again – the joy of having a rotten memory!

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  3. I’m afraid I only managed A Room of One’s Own for Jazz Age June but the meme was definitely a spur to action, thanks. And Fanda’s design is superb, hope it’ll reappear next June!

    I got The Starless Sea partly on your recommendation, and it’s certainly a handsome book which I look forward to. I’m also going to work my way slowly through a collection of Jemisin’s short stories as my introduction to her writing.

    As for your classics I think there may be some overlap with my plans. I enjoyed Shirley the more I got into, but that hasn’t been the case with Middlemarch which I’ve taken to from the off. And I think To the Lighthouse will be my next Woolf after A Room — but when that’ll be is anybody’s guess!

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    1. I am very pleased that I seem to want to read more contemporary fiction these days. So many authors to explore whom I’ve never heard of!

      I am glad you said this about Shirley. About 30 pages in and I’m finding it a bit of a struggle. Looking forward to Middlemarch, but what a chunkster!

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  4. As usual I am late with my post(s) for Jazz Age June, Laurie! I’m always late! But I do intend to get something out and I’ll link back to you and Fanda. Hope you decide to join us with Tender is the Night. Should be interesting!

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