Michille: Reading Lists

Reading ListElizabeth’s post yesterday was a good precursor to my annual (well, second annual) reading lists post. Here are some lists that we can use to add to our TBR piles (like any of us need to do that). There are many books that appear on more than one list, like The Invention of Nature: Alexander VonHumboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf, Beauty is a Wound, by Eka Kurniawan, and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Here are some of the lists that are swimming in the ether:

I’m a little surprised at how many of these I have read. Of course, it has been years since I read the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Scarlet Letter, or Hamlet in school. With my recent coursework, I checked several of these off, like the Iliad, The Tempest, and the first part of the Divine Comedy. I gave myself extra points for reading Madame Bovary and Candide in French.

Check back for some book reviews that Jilly and Michaeline plan to blog about. Happy reading.

10 thoughts on “Michille: Reading Lists

  1. What interesting serendipity! I just found a list of books from The Atlantic that I was moaning over — half in ecstasy, half in “how am I ever going to find time to read all this?” The Von Humboldt book was on that list, too! I really enjoyed the format — the editors listed the book they loved the most in 2015 (not all of them are new books; in fact Moby Dick makes the list), and then one book they want to finish before 2016 rolls around. Really fun, and I think I want to read most of them. In my copious free time, LOL.

    Here’s the list: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/12/the-best-book-i-read-in-2015/419529/

    I’m really intrigued by The Black Count, about Alexandre Dumas’ father. Did you know that Dumas fils (the author of The Count of Monte Cristo) was the grandson of a aristocratic French rake and a black slave from Haiti? Yet his father was able to rise high in the French military and take many honors. Fascinating. Since my own heroine is the great-granddaughter of a escaped slave woman and a Cherokee trader, it might be something I can fit into my reading calendar in the name of “research.” It’s interesting to see how multi-cultural families produce children who fit (or don’t fit) into society in different ways.

    • I shouldn’t have clicked on The Atlantic’s list – that whooshing sound is my free time and $$$ going up in flames. I’d love to read the Von Humboldt book and I have to read The Black Count – Dumas pere sounds fascinating. I was also delighted to see that the list included Sam Fussell’s Muscle (even though it was published in 1991). I love that book – the autobiography of a skinny boy from an intellectual family and his descent into the world of competitive body-building. It’s beautifully written, hilarious, gross and fascinating.

  2. Janet Reid, Literary Agent and Query Shark, posted a list of her Top Ten plus One reads of this year. I love her blog and I bet there are some great recommendations here if you enjoy crime fiction, which is her specialty. Sadly it’s not my cup of tea, but it is much beloved by my hubby and some of the other Ladies and commenters here so…this is for you 🙂 http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com.

    • I can read crime fiction if there are relationship arcs. I just can’t do the static protagonist thing. I’ll check that list out (like I need more on my TBR pile). However, the good thing about putting things on the TBR pile from these kinds of lists is that you rarely get a dud, especially if you know the preferences of the source of the recommendation.

      • There’s also Alison Brennan (www.alisonbrennan.com). I bought one of her books recently because she posts regularly on the RWA loops – she’s very generous about sharing her knowledge and always says such smart, interesting things. I read the first few pages and then had to stop because I’m a wuss, I was home alone and it was scary. I’ll probably steel myself and go back to it though, because the writing was really good.

        • I have a couple of Alison Brennan books that I haven’t read. I saw her speak at the New Jersey Romance Writers conference a couple of years ago. She is hilarious. Adding to TBR.

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