I love to read. Love it. I'm always reading a book; fantasy, historical fiction, drama, horror, sci-fi, the classics....I love it all. As soon as I finish one, I pick up another. Sometimes I read multiple books at a time. My mother encouraged me to read at every opportunity as a child, never saying no to new books, and as a result I have a reading list several miles long. Here is a glimpse at my immediate reading list. It would take days for me to relate my entire reading list (and ain't nobody got time for that), so this list comprises of the top five books on the agenda this year:
Mansfield Park: I've been trying to work my way through all of Austen's novels for a while now. All I have left are Mansfield Park and Emma. Pride and Prejudice has been my favorite so far, and it was also the first one that I read. I tried reading Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice when I was much much younger (starting around the 6th grade I decided I needed to read more "grown-up" books) but I just couldn't get a good mental image of what was going on and couldn't follow the books. Plus, they were boring. As an adult though, I enjoy Jane Austen's work very much.
The Maid: I found The Maid by Kimberly Cutter in a used book store (2nd and Charles) when I last went home for a visit. It's an historical novel about Joan of Arc. I've never read anything by Cutter before, but as I perused the first chapter I got the impression that I would enjoy her writing style and the manner in which she presents Joan.
Fight Club: I've been wanting to read Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk ever since I saw the movie. It's as simple as that. I liked the movie a lot, and 99.99% of the time the book is always better than the movie. So if I liked the movie, I'll love the book.
1776: I like to read to educate and exercise my mind as much as I enjoy reading to entertain my brain. I started 1776 last year and never got around to finishing it (which tends to happen every once in a while when reading multiple books). This year I intend to finish what I started. 1776 by David McCullough covers the entire year of 1776 from the perspective of the colonial and British armies. McCullough doesn't focus solely on the upper echelons, but includes the stories of redcoats and average every day people who made up the colonial army. Obviously, George Washington features largely in 1776 and I have found that (in what I have read so far) the book is really interesting.
Pioneer Girl: Pioneer Girl is the annotated autobiography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I absolutely adored the Little House series when I was a kid and wanted to be a pioneer girl with all my little heart. I got a kick out of how Wilder described average every day tasks on the prairie, such as making butter or butchering a pig, with such detail. As an adult I realize that Wilder fictionalized her life story to make it more interesting to young readers (something her daughter had a problem with as a journalist.....) so I wanted to read a more accurate account of her life. Reading Wilder's autobiography accompanied by the notes from the editor has been very interesting. I'm only a few chapters in, but I can already tell that I'm going to thoroughly enjoy this book.