The month of June was interesting to say the least. My family experienced a wedding, and engagement, a birthday, and a birth. All wrapped up in the beauty of a Minnesota summer.
I thoroughly enjoyed my May Reading List, and wasn’t sure how I would fare in June knowing my busy schedule. I think two books during such a crazy month isn’t terrible. I’ll have to make up for it in July.
What books to read next month, that is the question!……… any suggestions?
Celebrating the creative side of failure, “F in Exams” gathers the most hilarious and inventive test answers provided by students who, faced with a question they have no hope of getting right, decide to have a little fun instead.
I can’t say that I ever put down an answer like, “Mariah Carey”, as the highest sound heard by human ears, but as a teacher I have had a few creative answers on exams. As an ESL teacher I received quite a few less than correct answers. I must admit to being tempted to give those students points for originality.
This book was a perfect quick and humorous read during a hectic month. While it was fun to read this on my own, my favorite thing was when my mom (a teacher for 30+ years) picked it up and read it aloud to the family. Laughter is always more enjoyable when it’s shared.
A Perfect light read for summer.
Question: “What is a floppy disk?” Answer: “It is a disk that has been left out in the rain.”
Question: “What were the circumstances of Julius Caesar’s death?” Answer: “Suspicious ones.”
Shades of Milk and Honey is an intimate portrait of Jane Ellsworth, a woman ahead of her time in a version of Regency England where the manipulation of glamour is considered an essential skill for a lady of quality. But despite the prevalence of magic in everyday life, other aspects of Dorchester’s society are not that different: Jane and her sister Melody’s lives still revolve around vying for the attentions of eligible men.
This debut novel from an award-winning talent scratches a literary itch you never knew you had. Like wandering onto a secret picnic attended by Pride and Prejudice and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Shades of Milk and Honey is precisely the sort of tale we would expect from Jane Austen…if only she had been a fantasy writer.
While set in what appears to be regency era England, I think touting this book as a “tale we would expect from Jane Austen” is a bit over the top. The story is not nearly as nuanced, nor are the characters nearly as complex as in Pride and Prejudice.
Even though I think acclaiming kinship with Jane Austen is stretching reality, I did enjoy this book. I wasn’t overly impressed but found it extremely enjoyable. I read it over a few days while up north relaxing at the cabin. I’m not always influenced by atmosphere, but in this case I think Shades of Milk and Honey is a perfect cabin or beach read.
It’s not a book to be taken too seriously. The light fantasy aspect along with the pleasant summer weather is a good combination. This type of book I label as ‘brain candy’. Brain candy books are not to be confused with guilty pleasure books. The former are simply pleasant ‘fluffy’ reads while the latter are books you don’t want to admit to your friends that you actually enjoy.
“One must not put trust in novelists, Beth; they create worlds to fit their own needs and drive their characters mad in doing it.”
What book are you reading right now? Any recommendations for next month?
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