First, a brief bit of happy news: I finally got my lovely Andy Warhol print framed (it says "the world fascinates me.") and my $4 vintage-look map of England is getting a $90 frame (that's what I get for buying a non-standard sized print). Once the map gets back from the framer's, I'll be hanging up all my art. Finally, my poster from Chicago (the musical) won't be the only thing on my walls.
But anyways, it's been a while since I've done a post about books -- yes, I mentioned Kathy Reichs a few weeks ago, but that wasn't a post about books (although I am going to the beach this summer, really I am). Right now, my nightstand is covered in them; there are three separate stacks.
The only thing I'm currently actively reading is This Side of Paradise by F Scott Fitzgerald (of The Great Gatsby fame -- and if you have not read that beautiful novel, please do) for a US History project. It isn't disappointing -- it's not as polished as Gatsby, which is fair enough, since it was Fitzgerald's first novel, but it is so far very good. Plus, it perfectly epitomises the 1920s, which is what I need for my project. The Kathy Reichs novel I most recently started, Deadly Decisions, has unfortunately had to be laid aside until next Tuesday, when I think I will be done with all my schoolwork.
So. What is on my nightstand, waiting to be read?
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark
The Lace Reader, Brunonia Barry (I'm actually about halfway through this one; it was given to me by my mother to read.)
Scaramouche, Rafael Sabatini
The Angel's Game, Carlos Ruiz Zafon (seeing that The Shadow of the Wind is one of my favourite novels, I am incredibly excited to read this one)
The Handmaid's Tale, Maragaret Atwood (again, I've started it... but school has foiled all attempts at reading for fun lately)
Medicine Road, Charles de Lint
The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Elizabeth I, Anne Somerset (non-fiction does not frequently feature in my casual reading, but this was a gift and Elizabeth I has been one of my role models for as long as I can remember, so I'm pretty excited to read it)
The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, Jacob Burckhardt (also a gift, but I'm actually even more excited to read this one, since Burckhardt is a legendary historian, pretty much, and the Renaissance is one of my favourite eras of history)
Cupcakes (uhhh, have I told you about my baking obsessions?)
The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien (had This Side of Paradise not been approved for my history project, this was my second choice... but now that I own it, I'll read it anyways)
The Girl Who Played With Fire, Stieg Larsson (I was super impressed by his first novel, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and it is such a shame that he died so suddenly, having only written three of a planned ten books)
Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez (let's not talk about how long this book has been on my 'to-read' list)
A Year in the World, Frances Mayes (I'd originally planned this as Italy-reading, but it was eclipsed by the fabulous The Agony and the Ecstasy)
Foucault's Pendulum, Umberto Eco
So, when it's finally summer, that's the start of my reading. I also have a bunch more Kathy Reichs novels to read. I think I might go crazy without books.