My reading for the month was up, relative to the rest of my reading this year. In addition to the books I read at the beach, I finished K.A. Mitchell’s short Just A Little Bad, which I liked as a supplement to other books in that series (it wouldn’t stand on its own). I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Phryne Fisher mysteries, so I downloaded the first (Cocaine Blues) when it was on sale for $0.99; I found the narrator’s tone/voice to be not to my taste (it read as a combination of ennui and contempt for the world to me). Also tried Rachel Bach’s Fortune’s Pawn, because it too has gotten raves. Eh, maybe I’ll circle back to it someday but I haven’t felt engaged enough to get past the first chapter.
I did manage to re-read Whispers Underground, my favorite of the Rivers of London series so far, and will be re-reading Broken Homes next in anticipation of Foxglove Summer, which is due out in November. But first I’m trying Sayers’ Strong Poison.
I think the romance blogosphere knows about the defamation complaint filed by Elloras Cave against Dear Author. I went to the clerk of court’s website and downloaded a copy of the complaint (which is free, if you’re interested). I am…not particularly impressed by the memorandum of law in support of the TRO request, but I don’t know enough about defamation/slander/libel/etc. to have an informed opinion about its substance. I do agree with the general consensus that the suit looks like an attempt to gag criticism generally by targeting a higher profile community member.
An IKEA Kallax shelving unit awaits assembly in my spare room. And yet I’m pretty sure I’ll still have books in boxes. This despite the continuing Book Purge.