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20 Books Of Summer Review

So the summer is over, what a strange one. I’ve read 13/20 books one less than last year. I thought I’d read 14 but I’d written the same book down twice so I’m a little disappointed!

I started a new one a few days ago hoping to finish it in time to count it but I changed my mind. Reading shouldn’t be rushed, it should be enjoyed.

These are the books I read this summer:

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How to Be an AntiracistOpium and Absinthe

 

 

 

The Last RunawayGalloglassHard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story

 

The Wild SilenceAll the Words UnspokenThe Mermaid's CallDiary of a Young Naturalist

I did start one book and not finish it, it was The Mabinogion, an edition edited by Lady Charlotte Lucas. It wasn’t written very well, quite dull and the original Welsh names were too anglised for my liking so I decided not to torture myself anymore. I might pick it back up, sometimes we’re not in the mood for a certain book or I might get a better edition.

I really enjoyed the books I read this year and I think I might reread Diary Of A Young Naturalist (review to come) and The Wild Silence.

Looking at the books I read last year there are some similarities, last year I read another Joanne Harris and the other book in the series by Katerine Stansfield and also a book about being a junior doctor ‘This Is Going to Hurt’ by Adam Kay.  The majority of them were fantasy or set in Cornwall.

I’d hoped to read more but I did have a few weeks where I was too tired to read due to weather being very warm and this year I’ve been walking to work.

What’s Next?

This month there is no plan except to try not to buy more books and read what I already have. 🙂 And to reread The All Souls books by Deborah Harkness as part of the annual real-time read, it’s  my go-to comfort read and I can’t wait to start reading it again.

October is going to be a month for spooky/supernatural reads and maybe some festive reads later on the year. I have plenty of horror novels to read, not thinking too far ahead to decide on the festive books.

Have you read any of these books? What books have you enjoyed or hated? How did your summer challenge go?

review

The Mermaid’s Call by Katherine Stansfield

This is book 14 of the 20 Books Of Summer Challenge, there’s only a week left and I can’t see me reaching 20. Last year I read 14 so I’ll definitely beat that. I’ve been a bit slow reading lately and also blogging, so I’ll update at the beginning of September my final figure. 

I picked this book because I read The Magpie Tree which is the second book in this series last year. This book got my attention from the beginning, mainly because it’s set in Boscastle which is a place I love and miss visiting. 

Cornwall, 1845. Shilly has always felt a connection to happenings that are not of this world, a talent that has proved invaluable when investigating dark deeds with master of disguise, Anna Drake. The women opened a detective agency with help from their newest member and investor, Mathilda, but six long months have passed without a single case to solve and tensions are growing.

It is almost a relief when a man is found dead along the Morwenstow coast and the agency is sought out to investigate. There are suspicions that wreckers plague the shores, luring ships to their ruin with false lights – though nothing has ever been proved. Yet with the local talk of sirens calling victims to the sea to meet their end, could something other-worldly be responsible for the man’s death?

-from Goodreads

My Review

The Mermaid’s Call is book three, you can read it as a stand along but you will always benefit from reading them in order. 

I enjoyed this historical mystery, it was lovely to be back with Anna and Shilly again. Anna and Shilly have recently set up their detective business in Boscastle, they are approached with a strange case. A man has a dream that his brother has been killed, Shilly also has a strange dream and feels this pull of the siren. They go to Morwenstow to investigate. 

I don’t want to give too much away. I like the characters of Anna and Shilly, they are still mysteries themselves, or at least Anna is. The Parson was also an intriguing character and I learnt at the end in the author’s note that he was a real person.

I love the dark, coastal atmosphere of this book.  The mystery was interesting and there was a lot of reference to things from that era, the religion, the story of the wreckers. 

Although I did enjoy this book, SPOILER? it didn’t really follow through with the supernatural element like the previous book did. Unless my expectations were too high? 

However it was  interesting and a lovely dark read and I am definitely going to read the next to find out what happens next for Shilly and Anna.