A selection of words and pictures to represent June’s reading:
a book into which notable extracts from other works are copied for personal use.
Sometimes I’d linger outside the door to listen: how could a single man know as much as he did? Every day he received a dozen or so letters, and when I cleaned the room I spotted scroll upon scroll filled with his tiny, neat handwriting. The sheer number of books on his shelves made me despair; by the time I had finished dusting them, they were ready for me to start all over again.
‘Have you had a pleasant time?’ Hugh asked.
‘A most instructive week. The roads here are remarkable. Allow me to point out to your notice, Leon, that an insignificant pawn lies under that chair. It is never wise to disregard the pawn.’
Hugh looked at him. ‘What may that mean?’ he inquired.
‘It is merely advice, my dear. I should have made an excellent father.’
These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer (1926)
Main Street sweltered. Creeping pedestrians hugged the narrow line of shade cast by hot brick walls. The usual custom of greeting friends, locally known as “passing the time of day,” was suspended. Two dogs, father and son, snarled at each other when they came face to face, and halfway down the block a man with an ice-cream cart sank to the kerbstone and devoured his livelihood.
Alienor wanted everyone else to share her happiness. Two uncles in England, two healthy babies in her nursery, the possibility that her sister might come to England with her mother, a summer adventure ahead with three ladies whose company she enjoyed, and a generous, if stubborn husband whom she loved. But above all, she loved being a great queen who was, she imagined, loved by all.
The Silken Rose by Carol McGrath (2020)
There’s a certain comfort in rules. You know if you’re good or if you’re bad. And even if you’re bad, you know where you fit. You belong. But I don’t want other folk’s rules to say if I belong anymore. I want to say for myself.
The Sin Eater by Megan Campisi (2020)
Favourite books read in June:
The Silken Rose and These Old Shades
New authors read in June:
Ellen Alpsten, Carol McGrath, Megan Campisi
Countries visited in my June reading:
Russia, France, England, USA
Have you read any of these books? Which books did you enjoy reading in June?