I can’t believe it’s that time again, and that the summer is almost over. Just out of interest, in addition to sharing what you’ve been reading this month, I’d love to know if there’s a book that always reminds you of summer. Do you, perhaps, have a particular favourite you always take away with you on holiday? Even though it’s several years since we bade farewell to Harry Potter, I still associate summer with the excitement of waiting for the latest release in the series. Maybe I always will.
Before I get onto the books I’ve read in July, I have a question for you. Have you ever given up on a novel partway through, and if so, why? I ask because I’m ashamed to say there are two novels recently that I’ve attempted to read and been forced to abandon. Though utterly different, my reason was the same: an inability to connect with the characters. I can put up with a lot of things, but I have to care for the people I’m reading about. For me, it’s the most important element of any book. But what is it for you? What is the one thing that will make you close a novel without reaching the end?
I do love it when I have so many titles crammed onto my bookshelf waiting to be read! Those of you who’ve been paying attention will notice that I’ve been devouring a number of gay themed novels recently, particularly those aimed at the young adult market. It should therefore come as no great surprise to hear that I’m now working on a gay teen novel of my own. It’s still in the early stages, so I’m not sure yet how it will turn out, but I’m incredibly excited about it! Stay tuned for developments.
It’s been another mixed bag this month, or should that be a mixed shelf? I have discovered some exceptional authors though, and one novel in particular that has leapt straight onto my list of all time favourites, which I’m so excited about! As always, I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading recently and what you thought.