Sunday, July 30, 2017

July 2017 Loft Reads and more

This month, we celebrated the 4th of July, and a child's birthday. We read books, listened to albums, and met with friends at the lake, and the dog park. We also traveled to  Next Page Bookstore, Turn the Page Books and More   and The Book Reviews looking for treasures to add to my book shelves. 










The month of July was filled with many women's reads.








Code Girls  by Liz Mundy is the untold story of the young American women who cracked key Axis codes, helping to secure Allied victory and revolutionizing the field of cryptanalysis. 

This is cleverly written.  It shows life was moment to moment.This story pointed out the humor, romance and betrayal during wartime, and the way loss was honored.









The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by New York Times bestselling author Marta McDowell, explores Wilder’s relationship to the landscape. Follow the wagon trail of the series, starting in the Wisconsin setting of Little House in the Big Woods to the Dakotas and finally to Missouri. Throughout, you’ll learn details about Wilder’s life and inspirations, discover how to visit the real places today, and even learn to grow the plants and vegetables featured in the stories. 








The Unwomanly Face of War. this is an the English translation of this history of women in World War II across Europe and Russia. It is by Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich.   

Be prepared. This book is not watered down. Each account is interesting and many are agonizingly heartbreaking. 









Light the Dark is a guide to finding creative inspiration and how it can illuminate your life, your work, and your art—from Stephen King, Junot Díaz, Elizabeth Gilbert, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, Roxane Gay, Neil Gaiman, and many more acclaimed writers.

Many of these writer's overcame great obstacles to produce their creations.The writer's are blatantly honest. And, as reader's, we are  aware of their vulnerabilities. And, at times, it feels like we have a kindred spirit for the complexities of life.








The Silk Weaver's Wife. The author Debbie Rix creatively takes both Millie and Anatasia on a journey that gives each character more depth. And, as readers expect, Italy is the quintessential place for romantic interests. 

When you mix companionship in a villa, with silk weaving, art, wine tasting, gondola rides and family history, you have a quick read... where fate triumphs. 






The Tea Planter's Wife in the lush, atmospheric page turner, nineteen year old Gwendolyn Hooper has married Laurence, the seductively mysterious owner of a vast tea empire in colonial Ceylon, after a whirlwind romance in London.



In The Finding, Author Meg Campbell tells us Esther, (13), is crippled and kept hidden in a cottage by her ignorant and superstitious family. Her joy is her baby sister who plays 'mermaids' with her on the floor, untroubled by her disability. One day her mother takes the baby to a lady who has come to live in the big house on top of the hill, and who makes photographs. 

This lovely read takes us on a journey to The lllustrated London News. and along the way we learn about some very famous authors.








Finding a Friend is a sweet read. The language of the text is purposely rhythmic, rhyming and repetitive - inspiring children to join in, anticipate and repeat words and phrases. The effortlessly emotive illustrations ensure that young children will be able to interpret and discuss the puppy's range of thoughts and feelings.  

This sweet story covers pet adoption and companionship while teaching children numbers 1 - 10.






A couple of books group that I joined that I find intriguing are 'Tattered but Still Lovely'; this group treasures old and sometimes obscure literature, and, 'Name that Book' which helps those of us who frequently read and  may forget the title but remember the plot, location or some character in the book.










I have increased my 19 century collection with more books. Most of them are cloth covered hardbacks. Also a very kind bookstore clerk translated, into English, a page from a German book I own.






Nature Allies by Larry Nielsen In eight engaging and diverse biographies—John Muir, Ding Darling, Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, Chico Mendes, Billy Frank Jr., Wangari Maathai, and Gro Harlem Brundtland—we meet individuals who have little in common except that they all made a lasting mark on our world.

I am a true admirer of all eight, and absolutely love the amount of research and detail in this read. I also love that it includes excerpts of; a Noble Peace Prize Lecture, a eulogy, and written content and photographs from those days. It is a superb read.






My science fiction reads, needs improvement. 

And judging from my enjoyment of ' The Dalek Project', I could easily become a Whovian. 








The biography on Poe  continues to be one of the most highly viewed posts on this book blog. My Poe collection spans 19 - 21st century. I first read him in high school. His language is repetitive and he makes reader's ponder over what is merely a figment of the imagination and what is real. 

Thankfully, there are many author's today who  tempt reader's and write brilliantly.







In July, I explored the Brumback Library.

This library has a wealth of history. It is the first county Library located in the United States of America.

The architecture is a combination of Gothic and Romanesque with a Ludowici tile roof and turreted towers.

With all my recent ARC reads,  I currently read 56.16%  authors still living. July feed backs on Net Galley were 18  (mostly ARC's). I did 3 reviews for Blogging for Books. It has been a month of  biographies, graphic novels, historical fiction,  period pieces (mostly around WWII), 19 - 21st century poetry,  sport, outdoor and nature works, and colorful children's books. At last check, I have 15 countries viewership for my blog pages.  

That pretty much rounds up July reads. According to the Book Riot Challenge, I'm doing good and I am way ahead of schedule in my yearly challenge. Last week, I received emails from publishers alerting me to some interesting  upcoming August galleys. Yeah!

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