Since I don’t have anything job or education-related to tell you, I thought I’d write a post about what I’m reading.
I finished Heart of Darkness about three weeks ago – I’m still waiting to hear from people who want to talk about it; I’ve got some leading questions that I can ask to get a conversation started, if that’s what’s needed. Let me know.
While I was on vacation in Florida (a much needed respite from deadlines, due dates, and appointments, thank you very much!), I read The Dante Club, which was fantastic. As an English teacher-type, I get a kick out of fiction that utilizes literary figures as it main characters – in this work, Holmes, Longfellow, Fields and others pieced together a murder mystery in 1860s Boston. As someone familiar with the city and its history, I also got a charge out of the familiar setting.
I am now working on Outlander, a book recommended to me by a very dear friend of mine. She enjoyed the novel very much and insisted that I read it as soon as possible. I’m very glad I am – it’s a well constructed story with complex characters and an intricate story line. I also really like that the story takes place in the Highlands of Scotland, which is where the bulk of my ancestors come from, so I’m feeling an affinity for this book because of its sense of place. I’m less than halfway through the story, but I can already recommend it.
What are you reading during YOUR summer vacation?