WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.
I am currently in the midst of a sixth reread of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin series.
The first time I read it, I sat down in my reading chair, curious, disengaged, the warm summer air wafting through my open window the distant cries of children running on the grass.
Another rereading, during the bleakness of a winter day, the sweet spice of cinnamon-laced hot chocolate at my side; a third image, just a flash, splashing across the deep green lawns of Mount Vernon, the book tucked firmly under my arm to protect it, at least, as I cannot protect my clothing, for I had no idea that a storm was coming. I took the book along in case I had to wait in line to see Washington’s home, and indeed, while standing in line, read in snatches. (rest of review here)
The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison. I really, really loved this book. A quick review here; I want to discuss it more in another blog post. Basically an epic fantasy that worked for me from the first page to the last.
Bleak House, by Charles Dickens. Full of brilliant character sketches, even if the heroine is the usual tiresome perfect, always deferential and obedient girl, this amazing novel just gets better the more history I read. Like, what an excruciatingly perfect caricature of that ultimate sponger, Leigh Hunt, in Harold Skimpole?
I think the thing that got me most is wondering just how much effect that this novel had on moving along England’s glacially paced judicial reform? I knew the Dickens timeline, and I knew my Victorian history, specifically the great changes in English legal systems 1863-73, but this was the first time I wondered about the effect of the first on the second.
Never underestimate the power of literature to mirror, and influence, social and cultural evolution, eh?
So! What have you been reading?