Tea & Books - What are you reading?
I prefer non-fiction because I can read non-fiction faster.
Three different biographies about Cleopatra VII.
A book on child language acquisition. Non-fiction FTW.
Working my way through a wonderfully Sherlockian series by Will Thomas set in Victorian London. “Some Danger Involved” is the first; a young clerk just sprung from prison begins his apprenticeship with an enquiry agent. They traipse to and through London underworld, street arabs, Chinese mafia, secret societies, and illegal bare-knuckle prizefights. Book #5 (The Black Hand) was a cliffhanger and I have been waiting nearly three years for the next installment. Author resides in Oklahoma; I was deeply tempted to drive to his house, bang on the door, and beg him to hurry!
Hope you like them. My favorite one is in the middle of the series, “The Limehouse Text,” if you aren’t a read-them-in-order purist.
After a painfully long wait (2008 was the last one), I now have “Fatal Enquiry” — the next in the Barker/Llewellyn series — tantalizing me over there on the end table. If it’s that long till the next one, I am going to have to ration very carefully. Maybe I will just sniff the covers tonight.
A friend loaned me “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” by Kate DiCamillo (author of the Tale of Despereux) It’s a children’s book that’ll take you less than an hour to read, but it will be one of the best yours you have spent in a long time!
Edward is an elegant china rabbit with a very high opinion of himself. Said opinion, after his experiences with a shipwreck, as a hobo bunny, and as the friend of a dying child, changes drastically. Have Kleenex handy.
At the moment, I’ve been reading “From Sawdust to Stardust”, a biography on DeForest Kelley.
I still like Star Trek, but I’m no longer a Trekkie. I am excited about the new mini-series by NBC that is coming out sometime this year. Live long and prosper.
I really like your bio. I thought I was the only one who sometimes put agave nectar in tea. I’m following you now. :)
just finished farewell to arms and now im on all quiet on the western front. it is so good
Somehow I managed to skip those in high school/college lit classes…do they take a heavy attention span? (Something in short supply around my house these days :)
I read and liked All Quiet on the Western Front for a class in university. It’s smallish if I am remembering the right paperback. Worth a read!
Wish I could sit down with a cup of tea right now and read a classic good book like these.
I should try Hemmingway again. I read Farewell to Arms in high school and I hated it. Just absolutely no interest at all. But maybe it’s one of those things you appreciate more later on? If I can read Faulkner, I should be able to handle Hemmingway…
You have to be willing to fill in the blanks when you read Hemingway, he gives you an inch and it’s up to you to find the rest of the mile.
And Faulkner gives you a three-page paragraph of dreamtime and it’s up to you to construct the cultural/historical scaffolding.
Working on The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon. Dystopic future possibly resulting in the end of dictionaries and ultimately language by a virus. It is really interesting but sometimes slow going especially the bits with altered language. Really neat though.
Unfortunately I haven’t had much time tl read so I never have tea with it. I’m working on the bookmobile this afternoon so I can read and drink tea this morning! It’ll be earl grey from a Tassimo but it’s tea!
I’m reading West With the Night, which is really good.