Reliable sources tell me winter is coming, but it's not here yet and I would like to talk about books. Can we try a fall reading list? Three reading polls a year does not seem excessive to me, but do feel free to complain in the comments. (And our fall television / movies poll is coming up soon too.)
So, please recommend a great book to add to our fall reading lists, and tell us what fragrance we should wear while reading it.
My recent reading:
I finally finished Ron Chernow's Washington: A Life (which I had mentioned in the summer poll) and now I'm reading his Alexander Hamilton, at about the same glacial pace. That would call for something like Roger & Gallet Eau de Cologne Extra Vieille? I also finished Robertson Davies' Fifth Business, which Angie had recommended, and of course she is right that everyone should read it. I'm working on Susan Orlean The Library Book, but Libby keeps taking it back before I finish it and then I have to put it on hold again. (I love Libby anyway, it has made my reading life so much easier.)
I read most of David Cannadine's The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy (the book as a whole is fascinating, but some chapters I mostly skimmed as they were not of interest to me). The perfect fragrance would be vintage Floris Malmaison, if you happened to have any.
On the mystery front, after finishing the Kate Atkinson Jackson Brodie series over the summer, I read all of Val McDermid's DCI Karen Pirie series, and then Fred Vargas This Poison Shall Remain, Louise Penny's A Better Man (I am with Deva on this one) and the first in a new Anne Cleeves Series, The Long Call (I believe she has said that she is finished with the Shetland series).
I meant to start Kanuka's Scented ages ago, but books I had already put on hold at the library kept arriving at inconvenient times, so I didn't get to start until last week. Do buy it if you haven't already! Any decent old-school chypre will take you happily through the first section, or you can just wear Shalimar, either will put you in the right frame of mind.