July 2020 TBR

This month is mostly going to be travelling the world via books, so here is my TBR for July:


Finishing Off (Still!)

Vickery’s Folk Flora – Roy Vickery

Hollow Places – Christopher Hadley

Lotharingia – Simon Winder


Blog Tours



Review Copies

Thank you to the publishers (and one author) that have sent me these review copies:

Tall Trees Short Stories – Gabriel Hemery

Rock Pool – Heather Buttivant

Into The Tangled Bank – Lev Parikian

American Dirt – Jeanie Cummins (still wavering on this one a little with all the publicity about this)

The Many Lives of Carbon – Dag Olav Hessen, Tr. Kerri Pierce

The Maths Of Life And Death – Kit Yates

So You Think You’ve Got Problems? – Alex Bellos

The Story of Codes – Stephen Pincock, Mark Frary

Fibonacci’s Rabbits – Adam Hart-Davis


Library Books

Read hardly any library books in June, so still aiming to read these:

Lone Rider – Elspeth Beard

Sea People – Christina Thompson

The Way To The Sea – Caroline Crampton

A Beginner’s Guide To Japan – Pico Iyer

Pie Fidelity – Pete Brown

The Bells of Old Tokyo – Anna Sherman


Challenge Books

As well as a dusty shelf challenge that I am running on Good Reads, I am joining in with #20BooksOfSummer run by Cathy at 746 books.

The Way Of The World – Nicolas Bouvier, Translated By Robyn Marsack

Warriors – Gerald Hanley

Bitter Lemons of Cyprus – Lawrence Durrell

Jungle – Yossi Ghinsberg

Mirror to Damascus – Colin Thubron

From Rome to San Marino – Oliver Knox

Among Muslims – Kathleen Jamie

Naples 44 – Norman Lewis


Own Books

Water and Sky – Neil Sentance

Ridge and Furrow – Neil Sentance



Flèche – Mary Jean Chan

Reckless Paper Bird – John McCullough


Science Fiction

Didn’t read any last month (again!!!) so this is still on the list:

One Way – S.J. Morden


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  1. Liz Dexter

    I’m about to start Into the Tangled Bank so I’ll be interested in your thoughts on it!

    • Paul

      I have heard it is good. I loved Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear, full of wry humour and honest writing

      • Rebecca Foster

        I’m 1/3 of the way into Lev’s book and so far it is very similar to his previous one with the witty writing and footnotes. I like the way that he starts at home and gradually moves outwards, to his garden, then his patch, etc., to show all the wildlife there is to find. It’s unexpectedly timely in a year when lots of people haven’t been able to travel properly!

        The two poetry books you have lined up are excellent — they were among my favourites from last year.

        I enjoyed American Dirt, but I read it before all the controversy broke it and it doesn’t seem possible to assess it objectively anymore.

        • Paul

          That is good to know. I met him when he came down to BH16 books in Southborne, he is a really nice guy. I have picked it up a couple of times and wavered but should really read, and get it over with.

          • Rebecca Foster

            Oh, that’s fun. We follow him on Twitter, of course, and he seems nice.

          • Paul

            He really is

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