First, a reminder: we’re reading Moments of Being by Virginia Woolf this month! I’ll be posting about it on May 18 and June 1. Woolf takes me longer to read, so I’m glad to have that extra week. Will you be joining me?

Also, the poll for July is up in the sidebar. Vote for your pick! If you’d like more information about the options, you can find it here: Possession by A.S. Byatt, All the Names by Jose Saramago, and Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev.

Okay! And now, without further ado, the June 2012 Reading Buddies pick will be…Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks!

Reading Buddies badge and Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (cover)

I’ve never read anything by Brooks before, despite having owned our June pick for quite some time. I’ll post about it on June 15 and 29. Here’s a summary from Goodreads to pique your interest:

“When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna’s eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love. As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus mirabilis, a ‘year of wonders.’

“Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a village in the rugged hill country of England, Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history.”

Sounds good to me. What do you think? Sound interesting?

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  1. Wow, Year of Wonders and Possession both sound fasicinating!! (I just looked them up.) I own Moments of Being but probably won’t be reading with you. I look forward to your thoughts! I’m a huge fan of Woolf’s essays. 🙂

  2. I have wanted to read this book for a while as I have an interest in learning about the infamous plagues. I will definitely read this.. someday. 🙂

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