High Summer Read-a-thon 2015 Wraps Up! #HSReadathon

28 Jul

high summer readathon 2015

Summer is a prime time for reading, isn’t it?  Usually.  But some summers are so packed with activity that reading is done only in bits and snatches.  Nevertheless, thanks to the High Summer Read-a-thon, hosted graciously by Michelle at her blog Seasons of Reading, I found some quality reading time this weekend and at last made some progress with Harbor by John Ajvide Lindqvist.  It is our July selection for TuesBookTalk Read-a-Longs and I am finally past the half-way mark and starting to discover some of the book’s chilling secrets.  It begins to remind me of a Shirley Jackson story, but set in a remote Swedish fishing village. Lindqvist ’s novels have gained a wide international following, and I was glad to have this little push to read one of them. I came across his name in the course of my Northern Lights Reading Project, and when I finish this book, I will review it there.

In nonfiction, I started reading Becoming Madison: the extraordinary origins of the least likely founding father by Michael Signer.  I visited Madison’s newly restored home of Montpelier in northern Virginia a few years ago, when the main house was opened to visitors and the archaeology of the entire plantation was well underway, and this sparked my interest in Madison’s life.  Signer gave an excellent talk about Madison on C-Span’s BookTV last weekend, and after listening, I spent much of the rest of the day reading his book on my kindle (ah, the joys and temptations of instant book gratification!).

I hope all this year’s participants had a lovely Read-a-Thon, and I did too, after all. Visit Seasons of Reading to find out what everyone was reading, via the wrap-up links.

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5 Responses to “High Summer Read-a-thon 2015 Wraps Up! #HSReadathon”

  1. Faith Hope & Cherrytea July 28, 2015 at 1:46 am #

    Well done, Lucy! finding reading time can be difficulet amidst all of summer’s busyness [plus having a new wee grandbaby to enJoy!] glad your book selections were of such interest and that you had time to savour them… the house tour sounds fantastic!

    • Lucy Pollard-Gott July 28, 2015 at 11:30 pm #

      Thanks, Sharon, it really was! The Montpelier grounds were especially memorable: so peaceful and yet breathtaking. This summer I also plan to finish Anne’s House of Dreams, from the adorable boxed set you recommended in a recent blog post. 🙂

  2. JaneGS July 28, 2015 at 11:33 am #

    The description of Harbor did make me think of Shirley Jackson–not a fan of the genre, but she is one of the best in it!

    I would like Becoming Madison, I think. I really know very little about Madison. I’m hoping to attend the JASNA AGM next year in Wash DC and take some extra days to visit president homes and Civil War battlefields.

    I’m going to find time to listen to the BookTV talk–thanks for the links!

    • Lucy Pollard-Gott July 28, 2015 at 11:39 pm #

      I hope you do get a chance to visit Madison’s home, much closer to DC than Monticello. As for the book, Signer is a good storyteller, and makes the case very well for Madison’s special traits, which made him both ideally suited to accomplish all he did but also likely to be underestimated. He was swimming among outsize personalities, and he was quite different in style, but interestingly so.

  3. thetruebookaddict August 2, 2015 at 4:31 am #

    Thanks for joining me again, Lucy. Always nice to have you involved in my reading events. I wish I could actually finish a book. I’m in a slump. Well, not really a reading slump, but just have not had the time to read. I hate it! I’m also behind on posting The Snow Child reading schedule because I can’t find my copy of the book. Go figure!

    I’m working on the giveaway winners. Stay tuned!

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