Please recommend a great book to add to our reading lists, and tell us what fragrance we should wear while reading it. Or, as always, just talk about something else.
What I've read since our winter reading poll:
Starting with fiction... I finally finished Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen, which I kept having to return to the library before I'd done with it, and then had to wait on hold all over again. You could pick any perfume from Erin's 5 perfumes: Best of the 1970s, but pick something happy because it's not a cheerful book and it is just as well that I read it in stages. I followed that with Maggie O'Farrell's Hamnet (loved it, and Jean Couturier's Coriandre would be the perfect match) and Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead (loved that too, and I would pick Eau de Rochas for a quick reference to a "first-rate" cologne in the book).
Then I re-read Jane Austen's Emma and Persuasion before turning to Admiring Silence by Abdulrazak Gurnah (another not-quite-happy book, so maybe Aftelier Candide to keep your spirits up). I picked up Pachinko by Min Jin Lee at the library two days ago and love it so far, so thanks go to Lovestosmellgood for mentioning it.
I read zero non-fiction this quarter, but instead an absolute pile of mysteries, starting with three by Dervla McTiernan (The Ruin, The Scholar and The Good Turn), then a sort of steampunk thing by T.A. Willberg (Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder).
After that, I read all of the John Banville ( aka Benjamin Black) Quirke and Strafford series, slightly out of order: (Snow, Christina Falls, The Silver Swan, Elegy for April, A Death in Summer, Vengeance, Holy Orders, Even the Dead, April in Spain and The Secret Guests). And this week I polished off The Wintringham Mystery by Anthony Berkeley. Most mysteries smell like Diptyque Tam Dao or Philosykos since that's what I tend to wear when staying up too late reading in bed.