I checked in at the Musing Mondays blog, which is the host for a weekly book meme or blogging prompt. Here is this week’s prompt:
Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s). What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
I was randomly browsing without my written list and found some amazing titles over the weekend.
A Dangerous Fortune by Ken Follett is about a tragedy that hit an exclusive boarding school in 19th century. I have always savored thriller with an academic setting and the recent The Secret History has compounded that. Spiraling circle of treachery entwine many lives. This can be a Palm Springs pool read.
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. By fluke I have bypassed her through high school AP English and college literature courses. Other than her random essays included in a reader I have not read any of her novels. I feel my inner voice egging me on to buy this one. It’s a nice copy of Barnes and Noble Classics for just $8.
The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones. I had mixed feelings about this because of the cover with a girl dressed in Victorian-style outfit with white gloves. But NPR, Washington Post, and New York Times all endorse it so it really can’t be that dismal. It’s set in a country manor that later has no choice but to accommodate surviving passengers from a rail accident. Sounds interesting. But there is something spooky about how docile the strangers are, and Jones builds momentum toward some (I am feeling) disturbing revelations. I’m reading it now and loving it!
The Velvet Rage by Alan Downs PH.D. This is a must read for gays because we all grew up in a straight world the result is the internalization of shame.