My reading might slow down just a bit as I prepare to visit some friends over the next few weeks.
What I finished
East of Eden was the first book I finished this week. Funny how I had forgotten a good bit about Part 4 from my initial read a few years ago. All I can say is oh, Lee, there are few like you! This one still remains my favorite Steinbeck although The Grapes of Wrath is a close second, followed by Of Mice and Men.
The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly was over 500 pages but kept me invested in the story. I’ve linked the review ICYMI.
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead was released this month. I read The Underground Railroad a few years ago it was excel. Whitehead did not disappoint with this well written book inspired by the boys reform school that operated in Florida from 1900 to 2011, where boys were abused in horrific ways. In The Nickel Boys we meet Elwood who ends up at the school during the Civil Rights Era, Jim Crow South. I still need more time to process this book, do some research and yes, write a proper review.
What I’m reading
The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth von Arnim is one I plan to finish up this evening. I’ve been imagining that I’m spending the whole summer off–reading and drinking tea with a view of her garden.
Group Reads for August
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy is the chunky Tolstoy classic I’m reading with some book buddies on Instagram for #AnnaInAugust19. If you want to read and discuss over an 8 week period, let me know. No one is afraid of big books! First discussion will be the weekend of August 11/12.
Steep of the week
☕️The Cup: Banana Split |🍃Tea Type : Herbal | ✉️ From: Elmwood Inn Fine Teas
Doesn’t this sound like the perfect way to cool off in the summer! This herbal tea definitely feels like a summer favorite or necessiTEA. The tropical notes along with some coconut are so good. Thank you Elmwood Teas for this free sample!