June has absolutely flown by, especially since I spent a good ten days of it in recovery from having my wisdom teeth out. I will say without any reserve that the Saturday and Sunday after having my wisdom teeth out (they came out on a Thursday) were officially the worst weekend of my life, since I ended up with a dry socket that I couldn't get packed until Monday. Thankfully it has all been uphill from there, despite going to the oral surgeon's office with more frequency than I've ever been to a doctor's office in my life. The one great part about having surgery? I've finished nine books this month!
This month I finished seven new books, re-read two, and started two that I haven't not yet finished. Here's what I read:
- The Once and Future King, T.H. White. Based on the epic of King Arthur, this book took me a whopping two months to read. Six-hundred and seventy-seven pages later, I'm so glad I stuck it out and finished it. The Once and Future King is a true epic, and even though I had to return it to the library and re-check it out, I would highly recommend it, although if you're a slow reader it may take you a long time. It was surprising to me how little I knew of the Arthur epic, but this was a great introduction.
- Jayber Crow, Wendell Berry. This is the book that Anne encouraged me to finish, despite my lack of interest in the first one hundred pages or so, and I am so grateful that I finished. Once I got past the slow beginning, this book got me—hook, line and sinker. I was practically sobbing by the end. Thoughtful, beautiful, compelling. The audio book is free on Noisetrade: download it and listen!
- 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, Jen Hatmaker. I read this book in two days while in agony over my teeth, and then I went and cleaned out my closet. This book was witty, funny, and compelling, and it will make you take a second look at the way you live your life. I wrote more about it here.
- The Penderwicks on Gardam St. & The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, Jeanne Birdsall. The second and third installments of the Penderwicks series, these delightful little books are fun and entertaining. Each lasted me about a day, but I love reading a bit of children's fiction each month.
- Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell. Despite the fact that Elizabeth Gaskell died before writing the final chapter of Wives and Daughters it was well worth the read! This book took me a full ten days to read, it was exciting, thoughtful, and engrossing. Imagine Jane Austen + Cinderella (without the ball) + the prodigal son, and you've got a bit of an idea what the general plot is. Highly recommend!
- The September Society, Charles Finch. Don't waste your time with this one. Although the story was entertaining and I wanted to like the characters, the author seemed more interested in telling the entire history of Oxford than spinning the mystery. He also kept including minute details that had no point whatsoever in the story—"so-and-so thought about the cold morning and grabbed his cloak to bring along" when we never needed to know whether he had his cloak with him or not.
This month I re-read The Sherwood Ring, by Elizabeth Marie Pope (historical fiction + fantasy and a bit of romance, love, read it) & A Severe Mercy, by Sheldon Vanauken (the true story of a young couple and their journey towards Christianity with the aid of C.S. Lewis. If you've never read this, and you enjoy C.S. Lewis, take the time to read it. You won't regret it.)
I'm currently in the middle of Tale of Two Cities, Macbeth, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (re-read).