In February I got through about 2 and half books on my list and finished up the January list. This month I have a whole new group I pulled from my shelves to read. Here's what I'm hoping to get read:
Selected Stories by O. Henry- My classic literature pick for the month is by my favorite short story writer. I've loved O. Henry since high school, crying through the pages of "The Gift of the Magi" and "The Last Leaf" and marveling at the twists he can pull in just a few pages. If I could write one story as good as his, I would be happy.
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson- Larson writes such compelling nonfiction that reads like fiction. I loved Devil in the White City, so when I found this one at Goodwill for half price, I snapped it up. This book is about William E. Dodd who was America's ambassador to Germany during the rise of Adolf Hitler.
Gracious Living in a New World by Alexandra Stoddard- I found this one at the thrift shop, dust jacket long since gone, stain on the cover, but inside surprisingly pristine. This book is all about how to have a calmer, kinder, gentler, sweeter, and more gracious life in our increasingly busy world. It was published in 1996, but I'm sure there are still lessons to be gleaned from it.
And finally, after sitting on my book shelf for over two months: The Secret Place by Tana French- Do you ever resist using something because then it will be gone? Like, perfume you love the smell of, but you only wear it on special occasions so it'll last longer? Or like a piece of fabric you don't want to cut into because then it'll be gone, and what if what you make doesn't do it justice? That's kind of how I feel about this book. Once I read it, there's nothing left by Tana French for me to read until she writes another book. But I see her next book is expected to come out this August, so I'm going to take the plunge and read this one. I really like Stephen in Faithful Place, so I'm interested to see how he does in a more leading role.
What are you reading this month?