What I read this month: July 2018

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  • I was pretty happy when my book club chose to read The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. I read it five years ago (and met Neil at the book signing in Toronto) and I’ve been wanting to reread it for a little while now. Enough time had passed that I didn’t remember most of the details. What a great book. I think I’ll read it again in five years.
  • My father grew up in Greece and has returned as often as possible since he left. I’ve been lucky enough to accompany him on many occasions, and I spent a pretty unforgettable summer there on my own as a teenager. There isn’t enough written on the simplicity and perfection of Greek food, so I devoured Christopher Bakken’s book Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table.
  • Now that I’ve finally crossed The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi off my TBR list, I’m excited to watch the movie version.
  • And speaking of adaptations, I read The Vanishing by Tim Krabbé and watched the 1988 film version directed by George Sluizer. Until recently I had no idea that the 1993 movie The Vanishing starring Jeff Bridges and Keifer Sutherland was the American adaptation of Krabbé’s story. I have lots to say about this book and its film versions, so I’m working on a Book vs Movie post for next month.
  • I think a lot of people end up reading The Measure of My Powers by Jackie Kay Ellis because they read Eat Pray Love, but let me assure you that those two books are nothing alike. Not to say that you won’t enjoy both, because I certainly did. They’re just different, that’s all.
  • Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss was a fun audiobook to listen to while walking my dog this month. He made me laugh out loud several times and I learned some things about the show I’ve been watching for most of my life. If you’re a fan, I definitely recommend it.
  • I brought my copy of Stephen King’s Danse Macabre with me to a friend’s cottage earlier and finished it (I’ve been working on it for a while). I would have liked this book more if I’d seen more of the movies and read more of the books that King references, but I still appreciated the amount of thoughtful writing he put into the horror genre. I’m guessing only major King fans would like this book. Or fans of horror in general.


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