We ended up doing four seasonal reading polls over the past 12 months, and I would love to do that again this year if there is interest? Do tell me in the comments if that is too many. We'll do a fall tv and movie poll on the 17th of this month, and then the splitmeet is coming up on the 24th.
So meanwhile, 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:
As with last time, I have used much of my spare time on painting various rooms in my house, so my podcast listening is still up, and my reading is still down.
On the fiction front, I am still reading Hilary Mantel's The Mirror and the Light (I started it in the spring). It is possibly the longest I have ever taken to read any book...I read a few pages a week, and the farther along I go, the sadder it gets, and so the less I read). I am guessing I will finish it sometime in 2021. I finished The Parisian by Isabella Hammad, which I was halfway through at the time of the summer poll. I read What is Left the Daughter by Howard Norman (an author I loved years ago but forgot about, so now I am trying to catch up and I have a ways to go), and I started The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins (the Hunger Games prequel, entertaining) but did not finish it before it was due back at the library, so now I am waiting for my hold to come up again.
I read 3 mysteries: The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths, and the last two books in the Thanet series by Dorothy Simpson. I need a new mystery series!
I read much less non-fiction this time. I skimmed bits of Becoming Duchess Goldblatt, but did not love it and did not finish it. I finished David Foster Wallace's A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, and started his Consider The Lobster.
Note: top image is detail from Still Life with Books and a Violin by Jan Davidszoon de Heem, 1628, via Wikimedia Commons.