Just a little gratuitous book listing going on today. I think I spend altogether too much time thinking about books I want to read rather than books I am reading. Actually there is plenty of that going on as well, but I am just greedy. (You probably knew that already, though, right?). I have heard that multitasking is actually not a good thing and I can understand why, but I can't seem to stop myself. Sometimes I am working on something pretty tedious and my mind starts to wander. It's all about finding that perfect story and sometimes my mind just gains momentum. Something will catch my eye--I will read something interesting, a book review perhaps or an essay and I'll think I wouldn't mind reading a story about that, or a book set there, or something from that era. And off we go.
So, a baker's dozen of books that I have had either in my hot little hands in the last week or two, or books I have thought about pulling from my bookshelves. I guess one good thing--these are all books on my own reading piles. No borrowing, buying or other assembly required!
He, She and It by Marge Piercy -- I have long had this book on my shelf and have enjoyed the few novels I have read by Piercy (in one case have read her book over and over). I have picked this one up countless times, yet always set it back down before diving in. With my recent comic book reading now I am more keen than ever to find something with a similar feel but a full length novel.
The FitzOsbornes in Exile by Michelle Cooper -- I read the first FitzOsborne book (there are two more by this YA author) several years back. I'm not sure what was the impetus for me to finally buy the next book, but now it is on my pile and calling out to me.
Black Roses by Jane Thynne -- I keep thinking about reading a little espionage/thriller/spy story and have so many to choose from. Maybe I just can't settle. But I like the idea of a story told from a woman's perspective. There are four or five of these books out now.
Lucky Bunny by Jill Dawson -- The more I think about this one the more I want to read it now rather than later. It's a combination of time period (WWII era and just after) with an 'antiheroine' and the gritty underside of London--yet Queenie (the main character sounds quite likable for all that). Also, I seem to keep 'collecting' her books without actually having read any of them. Not a good thing that, and so I must rectify it soon.
Something by Mary Stewart or Elizabeth Peters or maybe another M.M. Kaye -- I loved A Death in Zanzibar and each of these authors I have read and know writes a reliably good story of romantic suspense. Definitely need a little bit more of that this summer. Just which one to choose . . .
A Fugue in Time by Rumer Godden -- Another writer whose books I seem to collect, though I have read a few of them and with each book it reinforces how much I admire her writing. This is yet another WWII era novel.
Jack of Spies by David Downing -- More spies. This is more WWI era, the main character is Irish and there is a suffragette involved. A perfect mix in my opinion.
Something by Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine -- So, let's see. Spy novels. Romantic suspense. A little science fiction. And might as well throw into the mix some crime writing. And definitely some of the psychological suspense sort. No one does it better than Barbara Vine/Ruth Rendell.
Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie -- And on the flip side, a cozy mystery for a little balance. This is a Poirot story, of which I have not read many (I am a Miss Marple fan). I like the idea of a crime in the air. And travel was so very elegant in the 40s and 50s (this was written in the mid-30s however).
The Wild Island by Antonia Fraser -- Ever since I read Antonia Fraser's memoir early this year I have been an enthusiastic fan of her life and writing. Not only is she a wonderful memoirist and historian but she wrote this wonderful series of mysteries featuring newscaster Jemima Shore. I reread the first in the series just recently and keep eyeing the next in line.
In a Lonely Place by Dorothy Hughes -- At work I've been ordering and processing the newer Criterion Collection films recently released and a number of them have been adaptations of books by Dorothy Hughes--she was hugely popular when she was publishing in the 1940s. Oh yeah, I own a bunch of those books. She is supposed to be really, really good. Why don't I read one of them now. Hmm.
Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham -- Oh classics. I think of you often. I want to read you. One of you anyway. At the moment it just happens to be Somerset Maugham. Sure, let me pick the biggest and probably most challenging that he wrote.
The Goddess Pose by Michelle Goldberg -- A yoga book! My yoga instructor mentioned this in class. This is a biography of Indra Devi, the woman who helped popularize the practice of yoga in the early twentieth century. It looks really interesting--I dipped into it when it first came out and now happily I own a copy in paperback.
Should I make a confession to you? Sometimes I am too tired to try and read before bed, but I still want to have a book close at hand so that ten minutes or so before drifting off to sleep I will have a small pile of potential reads by my bedside that I will flip through and sample a page or two and read the description 'just one more time' to help me decide . . . But maybe that's actually not all that strange?
What's been blipping across your reading radar these days?