My “To Be Read” list is inevitably long, with books that have come out over the past several years, as well as books that have been around for decades. But there are a few recent publications that have caught my eye, and I thought I’d share them here.
- Circling the Sun, by Paula McLain. A novel about Beryl Markham, the first woman to fly nonstop from Europe to North America. Her other claim to fame was her romantic involvement with Karen Blixen and Denys Finch Hatton (immortalized in Blixen’s memoir Out of Africa). I’ve never read Markham’s memoir, West with the Night; maybe I can make up for it with this novel.
- The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro. The author of The Remains of the Day sets this novel in post-Roman Britain. An elderly couple set out from their village to find their long-lost son, and along the way encounter other travelers who become their companions-a Saxon warrior, his orphan charge, and a knight-as well as hazards both mundane and otherworldly. Sounds like a grown-up fairy tale, right up my alley.
- The Forgetting Time, by Sharon Guskin. A single mother enlists the help of a rogue psychologist to help her young son, who may be suffering from memories of a past life. I’m not sure what I think or believe about reincarnation, but the subject fascinates me.
- Black Rabbit Hall, by Eve Chase. An old estate in Cornwall is the scene of family secrets and tragedy affecting the four Acton children. Decades later, its ripples affect Lorna, a young woman who discovers the estate while looking for a wedding reception hall. This book has echoes of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, and appeals to the gothic mystery fan in me.
Have you read any of these books? What do you recommend? Leave a comment, and we’ll talk about it!