Not long ago, I shared that I had gone to the used bookstore and brought home a new bundle of book babies. They’ve been getting cozy, and now I’d like to show them to you all.
I have one or two copies of Robinson Crusoe already, but I couldn’t resist the raised texture of the cover. I love old fabric covers, and this one is so pretty. Had to have it.
Instantly knew that this book was coming with me. Here I was buying books that I barely had room for and I stumble on this. It was meant to be.
I love reading about the lives of artists, particularly writers because I strive to be a good one and it’s my field. I’ve heard a lot of talk about Hemingway over the years. I know that he lived a unique and adventurous life, and I’d like to know a bit more about it.
I’m a big fan of historical fiction and I haven’t picked up or read anything in the genre for some time. I’d like to give myself the treat of traveling to a different time, so Portrait of an Unknown Woman will assist me. Also, let’s be honest, this book is so pretty.
Speaking of traveling, I thought Without Reservations would be a good place to start reading more travel memoirs since one of my goals is to be a better travel writer and memoirist. I was positive that memoirist would get flagged by my spellchecker, but lo and behold. Anyway, this is written by a single woman on a journey of discovering and relying on herself through travel. I like the idea and can use the inspiration.
Who doesn’t like a bit of humor coupled with an excellent writing style? Carl Hiaasen has a good one for us here with Skinny Dip. A comedian who takes his writing seriously. I like it.
On a more serious note, those of you who have read my fiction know that I’m a huge fan of dystopic literature. I think that almost every human at this point can relate to the messages presented. I’m always eager to see how different writers approach the genre. I’m very excited to get engrossed in the psyche and culture of We Were The Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates.
I am all for expanding my mind, learning new ways to analyze and write. Book like this, sort of textbook/conversation hybrids are very well-suited to my temperament. I would love to be a student all of my life, and this book Reading Like a Writer will be another thing to help me do just that.
Another work of nonfiction Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds definitely promises to be not only entertaining but full of insight into human behavior. I love studying human behavior; it’s endlessly fascinating to me. I have another similar book about the nonsensical trends that have destroyed people in one swift motion. I’d like to cross-reference the two and see what gaps I missed.
Have I told you that I am a HUGE fan of satire? I love satire to death. It is, to me, the most perfect art form when done well. I can never get my fill of the genre. I remember reading Tartuffe in college and being utterly in love. I can’t wait to see what the brilliance the brilliant Moliere has in store for me with The Misanthrope.
I haven’t read any of Judy Blume’s adult writing, but the New York Times Book Review (which I greatly admire and think everyone should read) calls her revolutionary with this book In the Unlikely Event. How can I pass that up? “The pure shock and wonder of living” is not about to get passed over by me. I’m excited for discovery.
Speaking of life, H.G. Wells, and company have outdone themselves with The Science of Life. I mainly use huge books such as this one as a weight for my pressed flowers. I’m kidding, that’s not all it’ll be used for. When I’m looking for something interesting and science related, maybe a launching pad or just a bit of information to feed my curiosity, I’ll pick up something like this.
Finally, a book that I should have read a long time ago. Tony Morrison’s Beloved. For the accolades that this book has received and the way that it speaks directly to my race and womanhood, there is no reason why I haven’t read it before. I have a feeling that it will require a good deal of thinking and attention. I don’t want to pick it up before I’m ready to fully commit to it, but I’ll have to make that soon.
That’s it for now folks. As promised, I’ll keep these book highlights short and sweet for you. You’ll either be interested or you won’t. Thankfully, there are millions of books in the world.
Are there any of these books that have caught your interest? What have you been reading lately?