Lazy weekend poll ~ spring reading list, edition 4 :: Now Smell This

Lazy weekend poll ~ spring reading list, edition 4 :: Now Smell This


Welcome to our 4th annual spring reading poll! Please recommend a great book to add to our reading lists, and tell us what fragrance we should wear while reading it.

(Or, as always, just talk about something else.)

What I’ve read since our winter reading poll:

Starting with fiction…  I re-read Olivia Manning’s The Balkan Trilogy and am currently working my way through the Levant Trilogy (together the six books are known as Fortunes of War, which I highly recommend if you have never read them, and especially if you have any interest in World War II). I also re-read Yasunari Kawabata’s Snow Country since there has been so much conversation about it in the comments (I think starting with Kanuka and lovestosmellgood; I thought I was reading it for the first time, but realized within a few pages that I read it years ago.)

Newer books I’ve read include Euphoria by Lily King, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler and Anthony Doerr All The Light We Cannot See. The last novel I finished was The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li, which I loved, and that is the one I will give a fragrance: Black March by CB I Hate Perfume.

I read 3 non-fiction books this quarter, Living and Dying With Marcel Proust by Christopher Prendergast (recommended by Kanuka, fascinating, and momentarily made me think I should re-read Proust, but no, I don’t think I will) and Penelope Fitzgerald’s The Knox Brothers (about her family) plus her biography of Edward Burne-Jones.

For mysteries, I read the first seven books in the Commissario Ricciardi series by Maurizio de Giovanni, which was recommended by Calypso. I will be sorry when I’m done with what they’ve translated into English so far.

Note: top image is A Lantern to See By: The Bryn Mawr Story [cropped] by Maria at flickr; some rights reserved.



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