It’s been a wild and busy time at the store but I have not wanted to translate that into text for the blog. I come home, ice my foot, eat some food and fall asleep. No time to read, let alone recommend a book. Oh, you’re right, I can always recommend a book, but my brain has been cooked by the time I get home, devoid of cleverness. Of course, volume is up at this time of the year and new faces come in looking for things they don’t know they want. I was describing the Jasper Fforde series to one customer while another listened in. They both picked up the first Thursday Next novel The Eyre Affair. Fforde’s cheeky humor, always on the verge of a pun with a decent literary depth speaks to me. If you want an intelligent and yet quick read, this is perfect for the beach. In fact, I read it in the Caribbean on my 50th birthday trip that my dear friend treated me to.
So, here’s my line up for this winter’s Classic Winter Reading:
The American by Henry James. (While in Paris recently, a friend was
visiting his Parisian friend who’s a scholar of all things, Henry James. That was all the cue I needed to make this choice.)
The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame. (Samantha Eggers read an excerpt from this piece, her voice drew me into the heart of the story.)
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. (I loved The Hours by Michael Cunningham and have wanted to follow up his book with this one.)
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. (Two words: Southern writers.)
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. (Gustave’s birthday on December 12 was the inspiration for this whole project.)
Finally, I’m adding some poetry and will possibly pick some Rimbaud but I have no specific text in mind.
There you have it. On the verge of the Solstice, my list for winter reading. I hope it inspires you. Of course, the regular reading pile builds up higher and higher. It’ll be a juggling act as usually but I read the first page of Henry James’ novel and I’m excited!
Happy Reading and Happy Solstice!