Books read in June:
- The Princess and the Goblin. George MacDonald.
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Neil Gaiman.
- The Princess and Curdie. George MacDonald.
- The Eye of the Heron. Ursula K. Le Guin.
- 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.