It’s been a couple of weeks since my last What Are You Reading post, so it looks like time to check in again…
My last post mentioned the pile of series -books I was planning to read, and which I am happy to say I finished up this week. Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card means finishing the Ender Quartet, The Garden Intrigue by Lauren Willig got me up to date on the Pink Carnation series, and after finishing Seer of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier, I just have one book left in the Sevenwaters series too. Progress!
Coming up next, I decided to read a couple of very light books, after all the denser ones I’ve been reading lately (meaning: Tolkien). I decided to do a reread of a fun time travel book, The Secret of the Ruby Ring by Yvonne MacGrory, and The Ogre Downstairs by Diana Wynne Jones is one I’ve somehow never got around to (despite loving her books!)
Not at all on the lighter side, I also have Eccentricity and the Cultural Imagination in 19th Century Paris by Miranda Gill, and Nights in the Big City: Paris, London, Berlin, 1840-1930 by Joachim Schlor. Both are research for my next novel, a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera. Seeing as I’m writing about a masked man who lives under an Opera House in 1880s Paris, it is a source of wonder to me that there’s actually a book about the cultural attitude towards eccentricity, in that city, at that time. I have no idea yet if it will actually have anything useful, but I’m fascinated by the prospect!
And the last big thick book, somehow strangely on the lighter side, is a book of letters between Winston Churchill and his wife, Clementine. I started reading it a few years ago and absolutely loved it (who knew Winston Churchill could be cute and romantic and adorable?) but somehow got sidetracked and never finished. So I’m resolved to pick that up again too.
So much for my plans! What are you reading this week?