Linking up with Anne!
Here, in no particular order, are some of the books I have read in the last month.
This was one of my top reads of the summer. I am an absolute sucker for anything WWII-era, and set in London, no less.
Graham Greene, The End of the Affair
Post-WWII, set in London. I'm not sure how this book ended up in my library bag, and I think I'll get more out of this one on a re-read. So many heavy themes in here--love, hate, faith, God, life, death.
Wallace Stegner, Crossing to Safety
This was the second Stegner novel I read this month. Anne raves about it so much--and it didn't disappoint. It's about not much and everything all at the same time.
Secrets of a Charmed Life, Susan Meissner
At the end of this book, there is a reading group guide or something, and in that section, Meissner mentions Life After Life as an influence--so that's how I got to Life After Life. Again, this book is right in my wheelhouse. The descriptions of life in London during the war are so heartbreaking.
The Spectator Bird, Wallace Stegner
My "starter Stegner" because Crossing to Safety wasn't available at the library at the time. After finishing the book I learned that this is the third novel to feature the main character. I would recommend Crossing to Safety over this one.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple
I've seen this one everywhere and finally got around to reading it. Entertaining. I love stories where you get a chance to see an opposing character's point of view--Liane Moriarty is good at that, too. This was entertaining.
David Lodge, Therapy
This was a re-read. I first read this about 20 years ago, and Anne had mentioned David Lodge in a post recently, so I sought this one out. Toward the end of the story, the characters go on a pilgrimage in Spain. That stuck with me from 20 years ago, and it still sounds like something I'd like to see and maybe do...