As per usual, I’ve been collecting books at a faster pace than I can finish them. Oftentimes, I’m meandering through the bookstore when a shiny new book catches my attention and then I somehow rationalize adding it to my tottering “to read” book pile instead of buying it after I’m finished with said book pile. These are a select few that I am currently reading/ hoping to start soon:
1. High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic
This is the book that I am currently the closest to actually finishing. I am a huge fan of the movie High Noon. I would go so far as to make the bold claim that it is my favorite movie of all time. I just intrinsically identify with Will Kane’s lone wolf stand against evil men while the rest of the town finds excuses to shy away from the conflict. It really gets to the heart of human nature. The book admittedly spends a lot of time investigating the Hollywood blacklisting that occurred around the time that High Noon was made, but it adds a great deal of context to the movie. My favorite parts involve behind the behind the scenes relating to the movie and the actors involved in making it. I could read about Gary Cooper all day.
2. Blood of Elves
I love the video game series The Witcher, so I thought that I would give the novels that inspired the games a try. Blood of Elves builds the backstories of the beloved main characters from the games and adds more context to their adventures. The high fantasy concept of The Witcher really shines because Sapkowski’s world-building is fantastic. I enjoy the eastern European twist on the mythology/creatures that populate the world. I am about halfway through this book, and I can already see that fans of the games should give these novels a try. They are, after all, the source material for the games.
3. Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
I reviewed the first book in the Miss Peregrine’s series last year around the time that the movie came out. I enjoyed the novel a great deal, although the movie was a big disappointment due to a number of unnecessary changes that were made to characters (even main characters) and the overall plot. However, I am interested in the direction that the book series will go and hope to start this one soon. I like to read young adult fiction every now and then, and the first Miss Peregrine‘s book really drew me in with the unique combination of magic and historical fiction. The WWII era that the children are trapped in throughout the first book was especially interesting. Hopefully the second book will live up to the first!
4. Jane Austen: A Life
After reading Northanger Abbey I decided to hunt down a biography about Jane Austen. She is one of my favorite classic authors, largely because of her razor sharp wit. I’ve barely started the book at this point, but I have high hopes as this particular biography by Claire Tomalin was the most highly reviewed that I could find. The type is a bit on the smaller side for my tastes, so I suspect that the book will take longer to read than it appears at first glance. All the same, I’m excited to find out more about the details of Austen’s life.
I am curious to know what the rest of you are reading, so feel free to leave a comment!