999 Challenge


Ivanhoe by Sir Walter ScottThis month’s books were once again across the spectrum of genres and writing styles. I read 10 books this month for the challenge, putting me nicely past the half way mark. That’s a good place to be at the end of June. I have caught up from my vacation in April.

For years I’ve been meaning to read Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott. It certainly wasn’t what I expected. But now I can’t tell you what I did expect beforehand. As a kid I remember the comic strip Prince Valiant in our paper, and I think I had Ivanhoe mixed up with that. I wasn’t expecting Robin Hood, Prince John, or Richard the Lion Hearted. The language, too, threw me. Scott made his characters sound like Shakespeare. It’s a book of daring do, heraldry, good versus evil, and the white hats always win. While the future isn’t all rosy, it is for the main characters in the book, as expected. I’m glad I finally got to it.

The newest Dresden book was also finished this month – Turn Coat by Jim Butcher. I’ve already written about it this month. Now, sigh, I have to wait another year for the next installment (I hope I live as long as Butcher does so I can read all of these…)

I probably had the most fun with The Girl with the Long Green Heart by Lawrence Block. The one I liked the least overall was A Drowned Maiden’s Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz. The one that bothered me the most was Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates. I was glad to add to my series mysteries with Voices by Arnaldur Indridason, When in Rome by Ngaio Marsh, and Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich. The schmaltz award for the month goes to Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks (no surprise). To round out the month, I picked up Edgar Allen Poe and lived in his macabre world for a while – which reminded me why I don’t read him very often.

Reading wise it was a good month. We’ll see how July goes…