Hmmm. I’ve been so into the rums and the movies over the last weeks, that it has slipped me to see what others are reading these days. This of course came about at work when The Hippie and I were discussing possibly upcoming choices with which to plague the illiterati.
Books for me have always been a lifeline. My childhood was marked by frequent (and interesting) changes. Before I was twelve I was already on my third continent. Friends changed, languages were different, cultures varied wildly: but the great constants through it all were my brother, my father…and books – for which my mother can truly be said to be the facilitator (she was a librarian). Some of my earliest memories from Africa remain those of my curled up in a corner next to her office, reading a pile of Willard Price or Enid Blyton stories. Want to know why I speak and write with such polysyllabry? Blame all that earlier reading.
This love has never left me. I may not have embraced e-books or the Kindle, but I read with as much interest and variety as always.
So what am I reading now? Here’s what’s on the shelf at home, and I’d like to know what you have on your bedside table as well:
1. Blame The Hippie for this one – A People’s History of the United States
2. Ways of Sunlight – Short Stories of Samuel Selvon
3. A Corpse in the Koryo by James Church (an Inspector O novel, set in – get this! North Korea)
4. The Complete Sherlock Holmes (I’m prepping for the Baskervilles session in November, but am rereading eveything to prepare)
5. A Drink Before The War – Denis Lehane. My take is that Lehane is one of the best noir writers currently publishing, with unexpected threads of humour coiling around all his very dark work. I don’t care what you start with, but any one of his novels is worth a read.
And there you are. What have you got to share or recommend?