Monday, September 12, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a bookish meme hosted by Book Journey. It's where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week. It's a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list. So hop on over via the link above and join in...and leave a comment here so I can check out what you are reading

Books Read (click on titles for review):
The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley
Beast in View by Margaret Millar
The Future Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Scroll of the Dead by David Stuart Davies
The Blood Detective by Dan Waddell
Starring Sherlock Holmes by David Stuart Davies
Great British Detectives by Martin H Greenberg & Edward D Hoch (eds)
Deadly Reunion by Geraldine Evans
India Black & the Widow of Windsor by Carol K Carr

Currently Reading:
Middlemarch by George Eliot: Dorothea Brooke can find no acceptable outlet for her talents or energy and few who share her ideals. As an upper middle-class woman in Victorian England she can't learn Greek or Latin simply for herself; she certainly can't become an architect or have a career; and thus, Dorothea finds herself "Saint Theresa of nothing." Believing she will be happy and fulfilled as "the lampholder" for his great scholarly work, she marries the self-centered intellectual Casaubon, twenty-seven years her senior. Dorothea is not the only character caught by the expectations of British society in this huge, sprawling book. Middlemarch stands above its large and varied fictional community, picking up and examining characters like a jeweler observing stones. There is Lydgate, a struggling young doctor in love with the beautiful but unsuitable Rosamond Vincy; Rosamond's gambling brother Fred and his love, the plain-speaking Mary Garth; Will Ladislaw, Casaubon's attractive cousin, and the ever-curious Mrs. Cadwallader.

The Quality of Mercy by David Roberts:
The story begins in Vienna just before Hitler and his gang seize Austria. Verity is a journalist and has been in Vienna trying to report on the state of the country as the Nazis advance. As a well-known anti-Fascist and Communist, she is one of the first to be deported when Hitler takes over. Before her enforced departure she arranges for a young Jew, Georg Dreiser, to escape certain death and flee to England. But it is in England, where he least expects it, that danger and sudden death catch up with him. Corinth has an encounter with death as well. He is at the home of Lord Louis Mountbatten to meet his friend the Maharaja of Batiala. Edward's nephew Frank stumbles upon the corpse of Peter Gray, a painter of some repute. The police are satisfied that he died of natural causes but his niece, Vera, has reason to believe this is not the case. So, between them, Edward and Verity set about the investigation of two murders.

Books that spark my interest:
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
The High Crusade by Poul Anderson
Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins
Lucky Jim by Kinglsey Amis
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford


Sherrie said...

Hi Bev,
You had a great reading week. Tarring Sherlock Holmes sounds good. I'll have to check it out. Middlemarch sounds good too, but I'm not good at reading classics. Have a great day!

Just Books

Bev Hankins said...

@Sherrie: I'm not good at reading this classic...Middlemarch has been on my "current" list for-ev-er. Got to get busy and get-er-done.

Peggy@Peggy Ann's Post said...

What a nice list of reads this week. You put me to shame! I have to get busy.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Ooh, lots of enticing books on your stacks. I've been curious and wanting to read Middlemarch. Hope you're enjoying it.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Kristin said...

I'm not too familiar with many of the books on your list...I'm going to have to look into them and definitely read your reviews of them.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Yvonne said...

I haven't heard of these books, but I hope you enjoy them.