Dear readers, what do you like to read? Any favorite titles, you know those ones you go back to every year or every other? I was raised on the written word between Newsweek (can you believe it’s going electronic only!), The Washington Post, and the local branch of the public library’s summer reading program (through elementary and middle school anyway). Books were a place I could always feel safe and welcome. C.S. Lewis said “We read to know we are not alone.” That’s has spoken true for me all my life. Tucking away in a reading nook with a good book and some nourishment calms me.
In preparation of another long winter in rural Maine I’ve created a list of books to read. It’s a long list, which grew again and again before I finally put a halt to it realizing it would be smart to read all these books or most of them and then begin the adventure of finding more. Some I read as a child, a few were written by authors whose other works I’ve enjoyed, a good number have been gifted to me, and several I stumbled upon reading reviews or in bookshops.
C.S. Lewis said “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” It is in this vein I am rereading for the umteenth time his beautiful fantasy novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Hobbit by his friend J.R.R. Tolkien.
The remainder of my Winter Reading List:
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Charles Bukowski, probably read while sipping a glass of White Dog
The Hobbit by Tolkien
On the Road, because I’m not seeing the film versions and this book needs to be read again
Down and Out in Paris and London – George Orwell’s 1933 book about his experience living in poverty in Europe after quitting his job to become a writer.
The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris (J, can I borrow yours?)
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson – a serial killer at the 1893 World’s Fair
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson – hiking the Appalachian Trail
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith by Joan Schenkar
Talulla Rising by Glen Duncan
Doc: A Novel by Mary Doria Russell – READING
Snopes: A Trilogy by William Faulkner
West with the Night by Beryl Markham
Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring by Richard Preston
The Raj Quartet: The Jewel in the Crown, The Day of the Scorpion by Paul Scott
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susana Clarke
Love and Obstacles by Aleksander Hemon
King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild
Thirteen Stories by Eudora Welty
The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball – FINISHED
The Good Food Revolution by Will Allen
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson
The 3,000 Mile Garden – Leslie Land and Roger Phillips
The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
Growing Older by Joan Gussow
The Landmark Arrian: The Campaigns of Alexander
Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder (check out the NYT review here)
Black Lamb and Grey Falcoln – Rebecca West’s book about former Yugoslavia, I’ve picked up and put this book down so many times. I need to commit to its brilliance.
The First Circle by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn – check out the description!
One Dead in the Attic – FINISHED
Coming Through Slaughter – recommended by Steve Earle (personally!!)
The Basque History by Mark Kurlansky
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
Into Africa: A Journey through the Ancient Empires by de Villiers and Hirtle- READING
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