This past week saw the launch of the latest reading challenge from Carl at Stainless Steep Droppings: the Readers Imbibing Peril autumn reading experience. This one focuses on the darker side of books, like mysteries, gothic and horror. Read my launch post here.
I expect my reading to get a bit more shadowy in coming weeks…though not so much just yet, because I have to get some of my shadowy reads from the library still!
Right now I’m midway through The Professor by Charlotte Bronte–because it’s Charlotte Bronte and I madly love Jane Eyre. So far, I’m not quite sure if I like The Professor, but I like reading it…if that makes any sense! There’s just something about how Bronte puts words together, and I can’t explain it beyond that. I’m also reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. It’s a little heavy on the science but is still very readable and has really interesting insights, particularly about how society tends to favor the extrovert ideal…which may not be the right fit for all of us who like curling up alone with books!
Next up I plan to reread the wonderful, amazing, incredible The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, to be followed by its sequel, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There. This, of course, is to prepare for the release of Book Three next month: The Girl Who Soared Above Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two. I LOVE those titles!! I’m counting these books for RIP too, with a creepy autumn scene in the first and lots of shadows in the second.
If it arrives soon enough from my library, I think I’ll read Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame in between the two Fairyland books. I’ve been wanting to read it ever since I went to Notre Dame to see Quasi’s gargoyles–and even more since reading Les Miserables. It’s another good one for RIP too, and for my goal to read more long and intimidating books!
A Hidden Magic by Vivian Vande Velde (new) and The Chessmen of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs (reread) are a couple I have on my shelf that I’ve been meaning to get to–and which ought to keep me busy if I finish the others while still waiting on the rest on my library’s hold list.
Speaking of which–I’m up to #44 in line for The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. I was #125 when I joined the list, and it’s since grown to 266…not that I’m keeping track or anything.
So much for me! Visit Book Journey for other What Are You Reading posts. And…what are you reading?