“In later years, I confess that I do not envy the white boy as I once did. I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”-Booker T. Washington (Up From Slavery, 1900)
"One fault, if fault it is, I have always had, which perhaps accounts for my hitherto monotonous life. This is an aversion to becoming involved with people. Friends I possess, but at a distance. Once involved, trouble occurs, and too often disaster follows."
- Daphne Du Maurier, Not After Midnight (Short Story)
: Hey! So I keep liking books that you've raved about the last few weeks cause you seem to really like them and I am saving them for future reference. This got me thinking that I would love a rec list of your must read books. I am looking for some new authors, preferably more modern ones. I am very stuck in the past concerning books and their authors, and I'm having trouble finding good current ones. However I trust your judgement as we seem to have similar tastes. Only if you have time of course!
Oh sure! :) Thanks for asking too! I mostly read anything that is historical fiction but it shifts from fiction/non-fiction with a hint of autobiographies.
Current Fiction authors
- Sarah Waters
- Michelle Moran
- Kate Furnivall
- Kate Quinn
- Margaret George
- Jean Plaidy
Individual Emphasized Novels
- The Crimson Petal and the White- Michel Faber
- Slammerkin- Emma Donoghue
- Mildred Pierce- James Cain
- The House at Riverton- Kate Morton
- The 19th Wife- David Ebershoff
- The Birth of Venus- Sarah Dunant
Emphasized Classic Novels (Just for fun)
- Tess of the D’Urbervilles- Thomas Hardy
- Mrs. Dalloway- Virgina Woolf
- Sister Carrie- Theodore Dreiser
- And everything Daphne Du Maurier
I hope this helps somehow! :)
I have never re-read a book. I have too many other books to read.
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."
- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
"-she was making me write the name here, she is growing more real, more solid and quick, with every stroking of the nib across the page-Selina. In one of those shadows Selina is lying. Her eyes are open, and she is looking at me.”(117)"
- Affinity by Sarah Waters
"I know when you get right down to it people are not that easy to kill. And as I’m sure you are well aware, murder’s a very messy business, it really is. Oh, sometimes you get lucky with a single bullet, say, right in the temple. Or the proper angle of a knife shoved into a chest. But there’s always a struggle, usually some screaming, and then there’s always that mess- the blood, the splatter, the waste that comes falling out. Trust me, things get ugly even if you use poison. So, no, I can’t say I ever enjoyed killing. I only did it for the revolution…."
- Pavel, in The Romanov Bride by Robert Alexander