June 2014

Books read in June:

  1. The Princess and the Goblin. George MacDonald.
  2. The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Neil Gaiman.
  3. The Princess and Curdie. George MacDonald.
  4. The Eye of the Heron. Ursula K. Le Guin.
  5. The Lowland. Jhumpa Lahiri.

Like last month, June has featured lots of time in airports and train stations. As ever, I overestimate how long a book will last me and find myself needing to buy a book in the airport. That is how I ended up acquiring both The Ocean at the End of the Lane and The Lowland. My supervisor gave me the gift of Orkney by Amy Sackville, which I have already started… except, I have a week here in Vienna before taking another transatlantic flight back to the U.S. I feel I ought to make use of Elena’s library and save Orkney for the flight home, though I do hate setting aside a good book, even if it will be only temporary.

The Eye of the Heron by Le Guin was a book I bought from Half Price Books thanks to a gift-card Kelly gave me for my birthday. I was surprised to find it as used-bookstores tend to only carry books by Le Guin that I already own. Naturally, I snapped it up and read it in one sitting (on a plane). If you have read and enjoyed The Dispossessed, you will find that The Eye of the Heron treats some of the same themes, and, though shorter than the other novel, in a slightly more sophisticated way. Le Guin rarely disappoints.

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2 thoughts on “June 2014

    • Chera says:

      I really enjoyed it! I’m going to keep an eye out at used bookstores to get a copy of my own. I own The Princess and Curdie, and while I liked it, I prefer The Princess and the Goblin. I’m still puzzled by the ending of The Princess and Curdie. Have you read it?

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