Monday, May 14, 2012
It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
Book Journey hosts this weekly meme. As she says, "This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next 'must read' book will come from!"
Still sailing through A Suitable Boy, and toiling through Die Verwandlung. Loving the former because it's just so page-turningly readable; not one of its vast array of characters, families, or situations is uninteresting. Plodding through the latter because it's really above my level--but I'm not giving up!
I'm on Act III of Julius Caesar, along with my Shakespeare reading group, which sadly is going to disband after this book. I was a little intimidated to start this one, because the histories are my weak area with Shakespeare, but it's been quite interesting and even moving so far.
New on my list this week is Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder. Not a happy subject, to wildly understate, but one which I keep coming back to. Snyder is an engaging writer with a strong moral voice. In this book he looks at the lands between Germany and Russia, where Hitler and Stalin between them deliberately caused the deaths of 14 million people, apart from battle casualties. Snyder calls his book "a history of political mass murder."