03 March 2011

March 3, 2011 World Book Day

Today is World Book Day

Anne Elliot & Captain Wentworth
So what are my favorite books? Harder than I thought to do this.
Persuasion - Jane Austen - Always first. Two better characters were never created than Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth - not even Lizzie Bennett and Darcy compare.
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte - The only Bronte book I have enjoyed, but it's one of my favorite books of all time.
North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell - Truly a romance, but so very much more about class, society, and the industrial revolution in England. Fascinating.
Howard's End - E.M. Forrester - Again a commentary on wealth, class, and society, with a true romance.
Miss Pettifrew Lives for a Day - Winifred Watson - New for me, but this is a most charming, well-written, funny, fast-paced book. It's a quick read, but very enlightening about society.

John Thaw as Morse
The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins - Told through the recounted tale of many (many) characters, it is one of the earliest mysteries.
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman - PD James - Cordelia Gray is such a well written character. The story is believable and it's great to see a young female detective in a man's world. Her age, in this case, helps her detective work.
Death is now my Neighbor - Colin Dexter - Morse is one of my all time favorite characters - small, difficult, sensitive (believe it or not), and quick to drink and this is my favorite in the Colin Dexter series. And in this wonderfully complex murder mystery, we find out his Christian name. All set in the beautiful city of Oxford - that doesn't hurt either.

Outliers: The Story of Success - Malcolm Gladwell - fascinating way to think about those among us who seem to have something special - maybe they do - it's lots of hard work.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life - Barbara Kingsolver - details Kingsolver's family's attempt to eat local (w/very few exceptions) for a year. I now know I could never kill a chicken. It was a learning experience in many ways.

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