We already did an "extra" reading poll for fall last year, but COVID-19 has many of us reading more than usual, so we're adding spring to the mix too. Please recommend a great book to add to our reading lists, and tell us what fragrance we should wear while reading it.
What I've read since our winter reading poll:
I finally finished Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton, then I read American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph Ellis. For me, these are late night reading, so they go best with whatever helps you fall asleep peacefully: Aftelier Ancient Resins?
Also non-fiction, I read Mark Girouard's Life in the English Country House: A Social and Architectural History (Floris Malmaison would be just right), although I skimmed some sections, and then I skimmed through Lifespan: Why We Age, and Why We Don't Have To by David Sinclair. I read parts of The Aztec Treasure House: Selected Essays by Evan S Connell, which Erin recommended to me ages ago. Then I started Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff (something cheerful, like Byredo Pulp).
On the mystery / thriller front, I'm still working my way through the old school British mysteries by Edmund Crispin, and I read 4 more in the last quarter: Buried For Pleasure, Frequent Hearses, Beware the Trains and The Long Divorce (Eau Sauvage or Eau de Guerlain). I read books 10 and 11 in Dorothy Simpson’s Thanet series. I read Peter May's The Man With No Face, just because it was in the room where I went on vacation back in February, and it turned out to be a perfect beach read (Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess).
On the fiction front, I thoroughly enjoyed Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Annick Goutal Vetiver would have been perfect if I had any), and then I started Hilary Mantel The Mirror and the Light. I raced through the first 2 books in that series but this one I am reading very slowly — a few pages late at night before I drop off to sleep. I'm only about halfway through, so no spoilers please.