Monday, September 9, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Well, I'm finally starting to finish the books I've been working on for weeks. Sarah Dunant's excellent Blood and Beauty is off the nightstand and ripe for review; I am still reading, and will be for a while, The Art of Joy, but I finished my audiobook, How the Irish Saved Civilization, so I'm looking for another one. If you know of a good nonfiction audio about English history, please tell me in the comments! I want to emphasize that I'm looking for nonfiction, so please save your historical fiction favorites for another day and thanks!

But on to the new books!
I got The Story of a New Name, by Elena Ferrante, in the mail and I'm super excited about it. It's another chunkster and I'll be with it for a while but that OK because I love her stuff. This is the follow up to last year's My Brilliant Friend, about a pair of girls growing up together in early-20th-century Naples. I love her books.

I'm also finally starting Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam. I've had it for a while but I wanted to wait to closer to her event in Cambridge to read it. September 19- be there or be square!

That's more than enough to keep me busy for now. What are you reading today? See more at


Mystica said...

Thats' a brilliant list of reads. Enjoy them all.

Space Station Mir said...

You might like The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald. Sebald is German, but the book is about his walking tour of England. In some ways it's more of an inner journey, but it is nonfiction. He discusses and compares layers of English history to illuminate his own personal history.

As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

Well, how historical do you need your audios to be? Because Bill Bryson is a master of reading his own books and he has two that deal primarily, but not exclusively, with English history. Notes From a Small Island goes into some English/British history but it's larger portion is of England today. At Home is much more historical, but he also writes a little of US colonial history, too. They're both very good and he's an excellent reader.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I need to find a good audio by Friday when we set off on yet another trip. Happy you enjoyed yours.

Here's my It's Monday!