Whatcha readin’?


With frigid temperatures and barren trees outdoors at this time of year, I turn to the comfort of a cup of tea and a good book regularly. Here’s what’s been on my bedside table recently:

Mrs. Miniver

I’ve posted about this novel, one of my all-time favorites, before. It’s one I read years ago, somehow forgot about, received a copy for my birthday one year, and now I re-read every year. Published in book form in 1939 (originally serialized for the The Times, London) by Jan Struther, “Mrs. Miniver” is a masterpiece of observations about the everyday life of a wife and mother. Struther’s ability to capture the carefully choreographed workings of relationships and inner life of the mind reminds me of Jane Austen. Though the story is set in the early portion of WW II, everything Mrs. Miniver says and does resonates with me in 2016. Love, love, love.

Murder On a Girls’ Night Out

Can’t resist a cozy mystery, especially a series with excellent characters who develop over time. The entire series of “Southern Sister” mysteries by Anne George has a permanent place on my shelf. Doesn’t matter if I remember whodunnit when I re-read. I just love revisiting the main characters, who have become my friends over the years.

Jane Eyre

Recently re-read this classic, and was struck by not only the over-the-top melodrama, but the feminist themes in something written so long ago (1847). This past weekend, Middle and I watched the 2011 film version – a great adaptation, though it dropped a couple of themes I found important in the novel.

Next up for my bedside table…I’ve reserved “Isaac’s Storm” by Eric Larson from our library. I think it’s the only one of his I haven’t read, and I love the way he combines intense research with fascinating narrative.

So – what have you been reading lately?




16 thoughts on “Whatcha readin’?

  1. I’m on the 5th book of Steven King’s Dark Tower Series, Wolves of the Calla. I’m about a third of the way through and can tell I will like it just as much as I liked Drawing of the Three (2nd of the series).

    One of my favorite re-reads is Tami Hoag’s A Thin Dark Line, a great murder mystery and The Bone People by Keri Hulme.

    Last year I read a total of 3 books, mostly because the only time I carved out was bedtime and I’d read a chapter -if that- before dozing off. This year, the plan is to devote at least a half hour each day BEFRE bedtime to read and get to 10 books. Let’s see how that works.

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    • I hope you get to read a lot more with this new plan! I was able to pick up “Isaac’s Storm” from the library on Friday, and read the whole darned thing on Saturday. Had a headache by the end of the evening, but it was just too good to put down!


  2. Just finished reading “The Lunar Chronicles” [Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter] and it’s probably one of the best series I’ve ever read! IT’s Teen Fiction which I read a ton of because I teach middle school and try to stay current on what’s out!

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    • I think I know what you mean – what I want to pick up and read is totally a gut feeling for me. I can’t read something just because someone recommends it, unless it hits me in just the right mood.

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