Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit and welcome to May! And welcome to our 2nd 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 am still reading Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light, which I started in spring 2020. I’m near the end, and the closer I get to finishing — and the closer Cromwell gets to his death — the slower I read. The matching fragrance would be something terribly frivolous…surely you couldn’t be asked to look death in the eye while wearing L’Artisan Ananas Fizz, for instance?
While I was keeping Cromwell alive and breathing, I read Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls (widely touted as “the feminist Iliad”, and enjoyable if not as good as her Regeneration trilogy), Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant (I still can’t decide if I liked it but it was oddly compelling; Neil Gaiman’s review in the New York Times was spot on), and Kate Atkinson’s Transcription (quite good). I also started Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier and William Boyd’s Trio; I’m about halfway through each of them.
I read two mysteries: Sarah Ward’s The Shrouded Path and Jane Harper’s The Survivors. A good fragrance for late night mystery reading is my old standby, Aftelier Ancient Resins.
I read three non-fiction books: Philip Marsden’s The Bronski House, James McBride’s Color of Water (which I was moved to read after watching the miniseries The Good Lord Bird) and Roman Mars’ The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design.
Note: top image is an illustration from The Runaway Bunny (Margaret Wise Brown, illustrations by Clement Hurd).