A Reading List a Mile Long: Daedalus Books Summer Preview 2016

If I’m not reading, I’m adding books to my to-be-read list. That list is monstrously long–maybe not a mile, but getting there!

Here are some of my newest additions, courtesy of the Spring Preview 2016 Catalog from Daedalus Books.

  1. Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith by Andrew Wilson (#60392). $4.98.
  2. The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature by Ben Tarnoff (#60993). $5.98.
  3. The Calvin Handbook Edited by Herman J. Selderhuis (#60437). $6.98.
  4. Zaida Ben-Yusuf: New York Portrait Photographer Contributions by Frank H. Goodyear, Elizabeth O. Wiley & Jobyl A. Boone (#41026). $6.98.
  5. Charles Dickens’ Favorite Daughter: The Life, Loves, and Art of Katey Dickens Perugini by Lucinda Hawksley (#51293). $5.98.
  6. All the Poems by Stevie Smith (#69176). $27.95.
  7. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns (#60819). #12.98.
  8. The True Benjamin Franklin: An Illuminating Look Into the Life of One of Our Greatest Founding Fathers by Sydney George Fisher (#54011). $4.98.
  9. The Poetry of William Carlos Williams of Rutherford by Wendell Berry (#53435). $3.98.
  10. Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper (#54592). $4.98.
  11. Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion by Anne Somerset (#54294). $6.98.
  12. The Dragon Throne: China’s Emperors from the Qin to the Manchu by Jonathan Fenby (#61060). $5.98.
  13. The 1900s: Britain in Pictures Edited by Paul Richardson (#54183). $5.98.
  14. The 1910s: Britain in Pictures Edited by Paul Richardson (#54184). $5.98.

The Lost Tudor Princess

I won a copy of The Lost Tudor Princess by Alison Weir, via a Goodreads giveaway.  Goodreads informed me that it would be 4-6 weeks before I received my book, but Penguin Random House had other ideas. It came in the post yesterday…a whopping 48 hours after that Goodreads email.

I’m excited to start reading my new book. A review will follow.

The Lost Tudor Princess

The Lost Tudor Princess

What Are You Reading in November?

What is on your reading list this month?

Have you given yourself permission to take it easy, as the year comes to a close?

Or, as we race the clock to 2016, are you trying to stuff as many books into your brain as possible?

I am doing the latter.

Very much the latter.

Since 1 November, I’ve finished:

  • Holding on Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore by Linda Leavell
  • Eleanor Marx: A Life by Rachel Holmes
  • Benjamin Britten: A Life for Music by Neil Powell
  • All Art is Propaganda: Critical Essays by George Orwell
  • Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell
  • Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star by Stephen Michael Shearer
  • Vintage Reading: From Plato to Bradbury: A Personal Tour of Some of the World’s Best Books by Robert Kanigel
  • A Woman of Temperament by Lucile Duff Gordon (in progress)

To Be Read by 30 November:

  • Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller (the only novel on the list!)
  • Edith Wharton by Hermione Lee
  • Madcap May: Mistress of Myth, Men & Hope by Richard Kurin
  • White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson by Brenda Wineapple
  • The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr Eccentric Genius by Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan
  • Oscar Micheaux: The Great and Only: The Life of America’s First Black Filmmaker by Patrick McGilligan

And, if I finish all of these…I have Michel de Montaigne’s essays waiting in the wings.

What is your favourite book this month?

Which book on your list are you most looking forward to reading?

Please share with me in the comments!

Happy reading.

[Forgotten Gems] Free e-books Edition: Eminent Victorians and Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Princess Victoria aged Four by Stephen Poyntz Denning, 1823

Princess Victoria aged Four by Stephen Poyntz Denning, 1823.

[Forgotten Gems] Free e-books Edition: Reminiscences of Tolstoy, by His Son

There are many amazing, often obscure works of literature available as free e-books: small slices of earthly and intellectual paradise waiting to be uncovered. Finding dusty old gems can take a bit of work and patience, but this exercise is my kind of fun. I thought it would be nice to share my discoveries with you on a regular basis. First up:

Reminiscences of Tolstoy, by His Son by Graf Ilia Lvovich Tolstoi [Project Gutenberg]

Leo's son Ilia as an old man

Leo’s son Ilia as an older man.

A Reading List a Mile Long: Bas Bleu Autumn 2013

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”-Oscar Wilde

  1. The Time Traveler’s Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer-$22.36
  2. Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household by Kate Hubbard-$29.99
  3. This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart-$14.95
  4. The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks by Amy Stewart-$15.96
  5. Wretched Writing: A Compendium of Crimes Against the English Language by Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras-$15.00
  6. Dickens at Christmas by Charles Dickens-$22.36
  7. The Unrest-Cure and Other Stories by Saki and Illustrated by Edward Gorey-$14.95
  8. The Baroness of Hobcaw by Mary E. Miller-$18.95
  9. [BONUS LITERARY MUG] The Greatest First Lines of Literature Ever Mug-$12.95

A Reading List a Mile Long: Daedalus Books Early Fall 2013

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.”-C.S. Lewis

  1. The Medieval World at War Matthew Bennett, ed.
  2. The Poker Bride: The First Chinese in the West by Christopher Corbett
  3. Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason by Christina Shelton
  4. “Something Urgent I Have to Say to You”: The Life and Works of William Carlos Williams by Herbert Leibowitz
  5. The Cheaper The Crook, The Gaudier the Patter: Forgotten Hipster Lines, Tough Guy Talk, and Jive Gems by Alan Axelrod Continue reading