The books that I am currently reading tend to pile up on my night table. If I am having a particularly difficult time getting involved in something, I have another right to hand. I thought I would give a quick synopsis of what I am currently reading. I would love to hear from other people about what is on their “night table” right now.
“The Prague Cementary” by Umberto Eco. Eco is always an interesting challenge. I enjoy his books because they capture a time and a place in history. This particular book is set in Italy during the Civil war/revolution. Thus far I am enjoying the twisting plot line.
“Rameau’s Niece” by Cathleen Schine. I just started reading this book this morning. I have already laughed out loud several times. I find that Schine is a witty and intelligent writer. Her characters are rich and deeply layered. I recently read “The Love Letter” by her and really enjoyed it.
On the pile, but not yet started:
“The Love of the Last Tycoon” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I just re-read “The Great Gatsby” before going to see the movie. I had forgotten how much I appreicate Fitzgerald’s writing style. I thought I should read more of him and was hoping to read “Tender is the Night”, but I do not have a copy in the shop. I decided on this title instead. I think I will read all of his works as he did not write many books.
“The Recognitions” by William Gaddis. A tome of a novel that was recently recommended by a customer whose opinion I value. We shall see!
I just finished reading “Divergent” and “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth. I usually like to have a young adult novel going as I am always trying to keep up with what is new on that scene, I like to have read books before I recommend them to younger readers. These two I really enjoyed. The main character Beatrice or “Tris” is independent in spite of her “love interest”. I think Roth does a good job of defying conventions and keeping Tris a real character who struggles with who she is and where she belongs in her own society. I like that she follows her own truth.
I would love to hear what other folks are reading, feel free to comment!