Some days I’d much rather read than write. So I thought I’d do one of those blog entries that lets you know what I’ve been reading.
I’m trying to compete with one of my favourite bloggers who manages to put me to shame, fill me with envy and simultaneously charm me with her casual allusions to how much she reads each month.
Let me see…
The Carnival Master by Craig Russell. It’s a thriller and I chose it because some scenes are set during the carnival in Cologne. Since I’ve also written some scenes in Cologne and Munich during the carnival, I wanted to see what he’d done.
When Eight Bells Toll by Alistair MacLean. I first read this when I was about 13 and wasn’t very impressed even though I read it with intense absorption and enjoyed every minute. Now I am studying it line by line. What I’d give to find another book I could read so fast and with so much pleasure!
Circus by Alistair MacLean. Interesting to compare this expertly-plotted novel that doesn’t work with others by MacLean that do. This one is trash but has a pleasurable momentum in places.
Cakes and Ale by William Somerset Maugham. A fascinating satire on writers but also a very honest and, as always, searingly accurate portrayal of people who shaped his life.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Simply wonderful. What I love about it is, were it not for the outrageous premise, it is so utterly convincing in every detail.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The best people to learn from are the greatest writers. Harper Lee demonstrates with every paragraph that this book deserves its legendary status. Reading it is a supreme pleasure. It is everything a great book should be.
The End of the Affair by Graham Greene. Graham Greene was my mother’s favourite writer and I’ve always felt disloyal to her because I’ve never liked any of his books except, possibly, The Third Man. But this one is compelling and has a great, though very simple, plot.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I re-read the Sherlock Holmes stories regularly because there is so much to learn from a writer who conveys suspense in just about every sentence.
I have some really exciting books lined up for this month. I wonder if I’ll have time to read them all.