We’ve been working our way through the Cicerone book of New Forest walks, and whilst the walks and maps are great, sometimes the descriptions of the routes can be oddly worded. We were disappointed that the eerie pond it was describing didn’t seem to be there any more, then ten minutes later, taking a comfort break, there’s a splosh. I followed the noise, and there it was. The eerie pond! Well all the green bulrushes made it less eerie but it did have dead grey trees coming out of it. I was just reading the book well ahead of where I actually was..

I do like that the book doesn’t just stick to the main routes, that can often be busy with cyclists and families in summer. We had some varied walks from it, and I went ahead and bought their one for the Wye Valley for our holiday at the end of the month. Fingers crossed for the good weather to continue.

So this week I kept to my pledge of reviewing what I read for 20 Books of Summer, with a review of The Castaways by Lucy Clarke. I also reviewed Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson and shared the June releases On My Radar.

The only book I finished this week was The Castaways… I’ve been listening to Ariadne for what seems like weeks now but I’m nearly finished. I’ve only been listening on my evening walks so it’s been slow going. Then I’ve been reading The Wolf and the Woodsman which I am enjoying but it’s not a quick paced book.

So here’s a photo of Scully (eerie pond was just to the right):

New books acquired:

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris (audio)
Pumpkin by Julie Murphy (audio)
The Survivors by Jane Harper (ebook)
House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland (ebook)
The Last Girl by Goldy Moldavsky (ebook)
Talk Bookish to Me by Kate Bromley (ebook)
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo (ebook)
The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell (ebook)