Old favorites, new choices - so much to check out...
One of the downsides of being an author who also wears many hats is that I don't have as much time to read as I would like. I miss the days of carefree reading, when I could pick up multiple titles and have them all going at once. Now, reading for pleasure is less frequent but still something I look forward to. If you are looking for some good reads at the local library (or bookshop), why not look for these:
“We read to know we're not alone.” ― William Nicholson, Shadowlands.
So what is on the literary menu? There are so many wonderful stories, it does really depend on what you are in the mood for. Think of book recommendations like me ordering something off the menu for you and I have no idea what your tastes might be, your allergies, your appetite, etc. But, how about I present a smorgasbord of favorites and you can choose what you like.
Favorites - old and new
In no particular order, I recommend readers check out these wonderful books whenever the opportunity presents itself.
The Autobiography of Henry VIII, with notes by his fool, Will Summers - by Margaret George. A must read for fans of the Tudor era.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - by Ransom Riggs. Whimsy and a nice topsy-turvy read when you are in the mood for something off-kilter.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond - by Elizabeth George. It is a classic in the YA genre, and a wonderful reminder of why tolerance and understanding are so important.
Wednesday's Witch - by Ruth Chew. Another YA classic and a personal favorite. So many of my childhood favorite stories had witches. Hmmmm, seems like a theme.
Louise Brooks: A Biography - by Barry Paris. If you are a fan of silent film or just biographies of early Hollywood, this is a good one. Definitely a story of the rise and tragic fall of someone who just didn't fit the mold.
Pride and Prejudice - by Jane Austin. It is a classic for a reason. Enjoy Austin's use of language and watch how she can oh so subtly throw some shade.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society - by Marie Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. It's been awhile since I read it but I recall it had a wonderful quality of drawing me in and holding on to me until the end of the story. I believe it has been made into a film - I haven't seen it yet.
Memoirs of a Geisha - by Arthur Golden. Some may not appreciate this book, but I found it captivating as it tells the fictional account of the world of the Geisha on the eve of WWII.
For books by some of my favorite indie authors, watch this blog as I will be adding reviews. I also keep a GoodReads page with ratings and lists, so feel free to follow me over on that site as well. Happy Reading!