Thursday, November 5, 2015
This came in the mail this week. It is bad for my budget but so much fun. Wouldn't it be fantastic to just be able to order every single Persephone book ever published? Well, I can dream, can't I?
I am trying to decide what book to read next for the Classics Club. I am in a bit of a reading slump and just can't seem to get into anything. I read the first couple of pages and give up. Maybe I just need to read something light and fun and then try again. I was looking at my Classics Club list and realized I had made a mistake. Somehow a recently published book had gotten on it. Probably the result of having too many lists of books I want to read floating around the house. I took that book out and added in another Jane Austen, because you can never have too much Jane Austen.
My father has been recommending books to me lately. I just finished The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. I wasn't going to read it because I had not particular interest in the Wright brothers but my father insisted I give it a try. I am glad he did. It was fascinating. It is a quick and easy read but packs in a lot of information. The Wright brothers were interesting men. You wonder what makes some people so driven to figure something out and to invent. I always found it interesting that they were much more successful in France to begin with. It took the US a while to become really interested in them.
This weekend my father gave me The Last Hurrah by Edwin O'Connor. Now, one thing you need to realize about him is that he never reads novels. His book recommendations are usually history related, but he loved this book. I looked it up and apparently it focuses on a mayoral election in a city on the east coast. It was #2 on the bestseller list in 1956 and a movie was made of it starring Spencer Tracy. If I like the book I will have to try to find the movie.
A friend of mine recommended Hawaii by James Michener. We tend to have very different taste in books so I am not sure. She likes books full of doom and death and I like books with beautiful language and quiet development of the characters. We each keep reading the other's books and being slightly puzzled by them. Has anyone read Hawaii and what did you think?
I like getting book recommendations. Frequently they lead to me reading books I would never have picked up on my own.
So, what do you think I should read? Do you have a favorite you recommend to everybody? Maybe something you feel like you discovered and want the whole world to read?