What are you reading now?
I'm wading through Malcolm Gladwell's Blink. Not as good as Outliers, which I loved.
Re-reading Barbara Pym's Jane and Prudence, (which is my least favourite of her published novels) and The Lord of the Rings, for the first time since my teens.
Oh, do I really have to confess? :cool2:
On the recommendation of the absent arcades, I'm half way through Marx: A Guide for the Perplexed, by John Seed (if arcades looks in, I'm up to page 117 but events have rather overtaken things).
I never got into reading Barbara Pym as a habit though I fancy she could become addictive to the unresisting. I've just inspected my bookshelves and there's nothing between JB Priestley and Joseph Roth so the one I had has obviously found its way to the Amnesty bookshop. But she does create an engaging 'world', doesn't she?
The Lord of the Rings, I think I (still) have but it's never been reread.
.. i am reading The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge - really excellent, this kind of book is so rarely this good!
Harry Potter - all the books in chronological order.
I have all the Harry Potter books as well - but they remain unread (well, I did read OUT LOUD the first two books to my step-daughters when they were of an age. I had to adopt "voices" for the various characters to distinguish them and I have to admit that some were probably inappropiate - but the kids didn't spot it!). The set of first editions are there as an investment these days.
At present I'm reading Massie: Nicholas and Alexandra. Fascinated by the juxtaposition of a private tragedy (the haemophiliac son, Alexis) and the wider political upheaval, as well as the disastrous involvement of Rasputin in the Tsar's family. If the attempted assassination of Rasputin in 1913 had been successful and the chauffeur of Franz Ferdinand's car in Sarajevo had taken the intended diversion rather than the wrong turning then the whole of 20th century history would have been so different. (But the Royal families of all the European states were such blustering buffoons AND related to each other....)
I hope you do not mind me replying, but would add that Massie's book still holds up very well, though written in 1967 and superceded by any mount of new theory and information. You may also be interested in his updated version published in 1995 as 'The Romanovs : The Final Chapter', which is also very good.
It is a book that has been on my shelf for years, decades even, and in the small hours of the morning a week or so ago, unable to sleep I browsed the shelves here and decided I might like to embark on the account. It reads very well and sold very well (I was at the UK publisher when it came out and it got an extra boost when the film was released) although I do realise that history is always being revised as documents and new information comes to light. I had my eye on the book you mention as a follow-up so will certainly avail myself of your suggestion.
Now steeped in Wm Boyd's, "Any Human Heart" and the linear line of the journals, 1923 - 1991, should complement my viewing of the C4, Sunday evening, transmission, adapted by Boyd, for the next three weeks. Was pleased to get a hardback "as new" edition from Amazon for a few pounds. A stylish read of "riotous and disorganised reality".
Strangely enough, Any Human Heart is one of the few Boyds I haven't read, and I wished I had. (Cos of the TV version, y'know - that dilemma - will it spoil the book, or will reading the book first make the TV a let down?)