As the big East Coast storm came through this weekend, some of us here in the U.S. were buttoned up tight with a whole lot of nowhere to go and big chunks of time on our hands. I’m not much of a TV watcher, so a whole lotta reading got done here, along with lots of tea drinking. Hope all of you in its path were OK and stayed safe and warm.
So my “lost” weekend found me working my way through a historical fantasy trilogy by Dave Duncan. I’ve finished “The Alchemist’s Apprentice” and “The Alchemist’s Code,” and am now starting “The Alchemist’s Pursuit.” I’ve never really explored the fantasy genre (at least that’s how this trio seems to be classified), but these caught my eye and I’ve been enjoying the dickens out of them so far. Duncan’s wry, witty dialogue had me laughing out loud and the mystery itself, as well as the peek into old-world Venice, kept me intrigued, reading until waaaay too late into the night. Don’t you just hate that? 😉
Late last year, I devoured the wonderful, bittersweet “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah, and the equally so “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr, tearjerkers both. It seems I often gravitate toward WW II-set books, and over the years have read more than my share of Ken Follett (especially love his “Jackdaws” – talk about some serious girl power!), Jack Higgins and Frederick Forsyth, among others.
Going farther back in time reading-wise, other historicals I’ve enjoyed reading are Brenda Rickman Vantrease’s “The Mercy Seller” and “The Heretic’s Wife,” Baroness Orczy’s “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” and of course, Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters. I’ll even admit to tucking into some old-fashioned romance, such as Victoria Holt, and a few Regency romances to boot.
Taking a whole ‘nother literary direction, I have a copy of “The Martian” just in from the library, but suspect that I’ll need to be in the right frame of mind to tackle that. True, it’s fiction, but I’m not sure that being stranded on Mars qualifies as being my idea of enjoyable escapism — more like a nightmare, perhaps? But since I’ve been on a waiting list for it for what seems like ages, guess I really ought to get to it. If any of you have read it, or seen the movie, I’d love it if you would share your thoughts.
As you can tell, I’m not much for reading non-fiction. I chalk this up to to the fact that I’ve read every day as part of my job for the past 35 or so years (as a newspaper editor for most of them, and now as a proofreader), so when I’m at home I gravitate toward a bit of escapism. At any rate, I think I’ve gotten my money’s worth out of these old eyeballs over the years. 🙂
What about you? What are you reading now? Looking to read next? What are your all-time favorite books?
Image: Woman Reading on a Settee, William Worchester Churchill