What I read:
William: An Englishman by Cicely Hamilton. This Persephone classic was quite thought provoking and warrants a stand-alone review. Maybe I’ll work on that for sometime next week. Other than that I just finished a spat of graphic novel reading and I wrote about that here.
What I’m reading:
I’m on a non-fiction spurt right now. I’m nearly done with Claire Tomalin’s The Invisible Woman: The Story of Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan. I read her biography of Charles Dickens a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I’m enjoying this book as well, although it feels a bit too close to the biography I read (kinda feels like re-reading). It is fascinating, especially because the focus is on Charles Dickens’ actress-mistress Nelly Ternan. It underscores that while I love Victorian literature there is no way in Hades I’d want to be a woman in Victorian England.
I’m also reading Francine Prose’s Reading Like a Writer. Essentially, the book breaks down the elements of a written work (paragraph, dialogue, etc…) and explains that reading the work of masters and looking at the construction of these elements is greatly beneficial to one’s writing. Her examples are varied containing works from different genres, time periods, authors, and cultures. This book is also increasing my book appetite. Now I want to read and re-read the literature discussed.
What’s Up Next:
I have a few books lined up next. First off Anthony Trollope’s The Warden for Trollope2014; I’m all set to start that this weekend. I’d also like to squeeze in Jeanette Winterson’s slim novel, The Daylight Gate. I also nabbed a copy of Alice Munro’s short-story collection, Too Much Happiness. I’ve never read Munro and that is just straight up wrong.
Lucky Me Readathon:
That’s this week’s Readerly Rambles. Let me know what you’re reading in the comments.