A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.
What a start to the summer! Hilary went swimming with dolphins and manta rays; Moira was volunteering at a sea lion rescue centre in the Caribbean; Jackie was on an Antarctic research ship reading lots of books and drawing penguins; Leena was on an archaeological dig in Tuscany; Lisa was filming surfers off Newquay; Simon went to Cannes and draped himself over some yachts at midnight after clubbing; Kirsty M was riding horses in Patagonia; Kirsty D was on a mixologist’s course in Long Beach, learning to make cocktails like a pro; and I went to northern Finland for a Suomi embroidery course. OK, only one of those is true (as far as I know).
But the point is, we’re baaaaaack. Refreshed and full of energy, we are back to make your summer less stressful and more memorable by offering you reading suggestions. Some will be calmly considered meditations on the Perfect Novel. Some will be ‘wham-BAM this is such a GREAT book’ shrieks of exuberance. Some will be earnest entreaties to give this obscure little opus a chance. And some will say, ‘Look, this book is bloody brilliant. This is why. Now go and buy it.’ We aim to please.
Monday 20 July: Jackie took advantage of VL’s break to immerse herself in, er, books, with What I Read on My Summer Vacation.
Wednesday 22 July: Moira finds herself unexpectedly riveted by the OUP’s Victorian Fairy Tales.
Friday 24 July: Kirsty D is moved by Marilynne Robinson’s first novel, Housekeeping.
Photograph of the Coff’s Harbour Jetty Surf Lifesaving Club, New Zealand, 1931, taken from Wikimedia Commons under a Creative Commons Licence.