Sorry if I’ve disappointed you by posting yet another non-book post. I’m quite happily getting through Middlemarch, but it’ll be a while until I finish. George Eliot is wonderful; she’s exactly as JaneGS described her, and Middlemarch encompasses everything I love about 19th century writing. I’m also getting through my readings without difficulty. Once I got over the initial horror, I’ve realised I should be glad that I get to read, instead of doing calculus and physics, as some people out there are.
This is some of what I’ve been reading recently/will be reading in the near future:
- Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan, Herbert P Bix
- From Samurai to Sanyo: A History of Modern Japan, A J Koutsoukis
- The Modern History of Japan, W G Beasley
- Peacemakers, Margaret MacMillan
- Diplomacy, Henry Kissinger
- American Shogun: Macarthur, Hirohito and the American Duel with Japan, Robert Harvey
- A Reading Diary: A Year of Favourite Books, Alberto Manguel
The last is a re-read – it’s been almost a year since I began this blog, and I thought it would be good to re-read the book that inspired it. Hopefully, it’ll inspire me to write better posts.
Anyway, the real reason why I’m posting today is because I discovered this wonderful little feature on the Guardian books blog called Writers’ Rooms. I love that I can glimpse into the lives of my favourite writers – Virginia Woolf, Roald Dahl, Charlotte Bronte – as well as a smattering of contemporary writers who I’ve never heard of, but who have fascinating rooms anyway. Everyone should check it out :)