July 2021 TBR

Halfway through another strange year, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better at the moment. I could go on about Covid, but you’re probably as bored of it as I am.  Anyway, you are here for the books so this is the super long list that I am intending to work my way into. If I don’t emerge please send doughnuts.


Finishing Off (Still!)

Lotharingia: A Personal History Of Europe’s Lost Country – Simon Winder

Behind the Enigma: The Authorized History of GCHQ, Britain’s Secret Cyber-Intelligence Agency – John Ferris

On The Marsh: A Year Surrounded By Wildness And Wet – Simon Barnes

Pie Fidelity: In Defence Of British Food – Pete Brown

Another Fine Mess: Across Trumpland In A Ford Model T – Tim Moore


Blog Tour

The Storm is Upon Us – Mike Rothschild


New Book

These Towers Will One Day Slip Into The Sea – Gary Budden & Maxim Griffin


Review Copies

Did manage to read 7 review copies in May, but the list grows ever longer each month:

Burning The Books – Richard Ovenden

Dear Reader – Cathy Rentzenbrink

Astral Travel – Elizabeth Baines

The Germans and Europe – Peter Millar

Britain Alone – Philip Stephens

We Own This City – Justin Fenton

Elites – Douglas Board

The Fugitives – Jamal Mahjoub

Invisible Work – John Howkins

Slow Trains Around Spain – Tom Chesshyre

The Power of Geography – Tim Marshall

The Four Horsemen – Emily Mayhew

The Spy who was left out in the Cold – Tim Tate

Tarmac to Towpath – David Banning, Julian Hyde

Where – Simon Moreton

The Devil You Know- Gwen Adshead, Eileen Horne

Human, Nature- Ian Carter

Letters from Egypt – Lucie Duff Gordon

The Glitter in the Green – Jon Dunn

Lakeland Wild – Jim Crumley

Croak – Ed. Phil Bishop

Borderlines – Charles Nicholl

The Pay Off – Gottfried Leibbrandt and Natasha De Terán

The Eternal Season – Stephen Rutt

The Story of Life in 10 1/2 Chapters – Marianne Taylor

Mainstream – Ed Justin Davis & Nathan Evans

Flight of the Diamond Smugglers- Matthew Gavin Frank

White Spines – Nicholas Royle

Above the Law – Adrian Bleese



There are fewer library books this month as I managed to renew some:

The Lost Plot – Genevieve Cogman

The Burning Page – Genevieve Cogman

The Way To The Sea – Caroline Crampton

Concretopia – John Grindrod

The Electricity Of Every Living Thing – Katherine May

Weathering – Lucy Wood

No Friend But The Mountains – Behrouz Boochani

Seed To Dust – Marc Hamer


Wainwright Prize

The Wainwright Prize was announced last month and I have read six so far so I am intending on working my way through the ones that I haven’t read yet.

Vesper Flights Helen Macdonald

The Stubborn Light of Things: A Nature Diary Melissa Harrison

Seed to Dust Marc Hamer

English Pastoral: An Inheritance James Rebanks

Birdsong in a Time of Silence Steven Lovatt

I Belong Here Anita Sethi

The Wild Silence Raynor Winn



Only intending on reading one this month given the vastness of the rest of the list…

Owl Unbound – Zoë Brooks


20 Books Of Summer

Cathy at 746 books is running this again and my post about it is here. I am not going to get to all of these this month, but they are here so I can start ticking them off the list to read. Two down from last month!

An Affair Of The Heart – Dilys Powell

Wyntertide – Andrew Caldecot

The Con Artist – Fred van Lente

Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships That Changed History – Sam Maggs

Water Ways: A Thousand Miles Along Britain’s Canals – Jasper Winn

The Night Lies Bleeding – M.D. Lachlan

Divided: Why We’re Living in an Age of Walls – Tim Marshall

The Wonderful Mr Willughby: The First True Ornithologist – Tim Birkhead

The House of Islam – Ed Husain

Asian Waters: The Struggle Over the South China Sea and the Strategy of Chinese Expansion – Humphrey Hawksley

Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth – Adam Frank

Blue Mind: How Water Makes You Happier, More Connected and Better at What You Do – Wallace J. Nichols

21 Lessons for the 21st Century – Yuval Noah Harari

The Restless Kings: Henry II, His Sons and the Wars for the Plantagenet Crown – Nick Barratt

The Kindness Of Strangers: Travel Stories That Make Your Heart Grow – Ed. Fearghal O’Nuallain

To Obama: With Love, Joy, Anger, and Hope – Jeanne Marie Laskas

What We Have Lost – James Hamilton-Paterson

Bloody Brilliant Women: The Pioneers, Revolutionaries and Geniuses Your History Teacher Forgot to Mention – Cathy Newman


These lists never seem to get any shorter, do they? ?

Any that you have read or are there some above that take your fancy?

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  1. Liz Dexter

    Eeps! I did some photographs of my 20Books (lagging one behind) and collages of my NetGalley books (lagging two behind) for July and that was frightening enough! Good luck! I’m reading I Belong Here by Anita Sethi at the moment and it’s pretty unusual. Hoping to get a review up late today.

    • Paul

      I have read one and almost finished another (about 20 pages to go)

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