It’s the silly season here at the iMonastery. We’re still cleaning up from Christmas, and waiting for the calendar to turn. As I look forward to the new year (it can’t be any harder than 2012 has been, can it?), I’m looking at my bookshelves and not seeing anything that jumps out at me to read. Oh, I still have two or three Robert Capon books given me by Denise Spencer that I haven’t read yet. And there are the books on the Apollo space mission I promised myself I would read, but haven’t … yet. But I will. Just not now.
So, what to read next? I’ve been reading some Nero Wolfe mysteries (written by Rex Stout) again lately. They are like good friends, and always fun to revisit. I’d like to find another author like Stout I could follow all the way through a series. And I’ve read all of the Brother Cadfael’s two or three times. I like a good mystery, but I don’t want a bunch of garbage (i.e., a ton of profanity or gratuitous sex) in it. John LeCarre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Smiley’s People are among my favorite books of all time, but his others are really dark and devoid of hope.
And I like non-fiction about history, such as Timothy Eagan’s wonderful The Worst Hard Time. I never truly understood the dust bowl era until I read that. I’m looking for a used copy of The Peace To End All Peace, but haven’t found one yet. (I love to buy used books. Makes me feel all thrifty inside.) I also enjoy books on the history of flight and the space program, though I have a lot on my shelves yet to be read, as I mentioned.
Science fiction comes and goes with me. I love Douglas Adams, but he’s still dead and not writing much these days.
Baseball books are always great this time of year, as I count the days until Spring Training. I love stories from the days when baseball was baseball and hot dogs were hot dogs. I don’t really care about the business end of baseball, but I do love to read about the strategies and about the crazy things done on the field.
I should read more of the classics than I do, but I know I won’t. My favorite work of fiction ever is Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke, who may or may not ever release another novel. Until then, what do I read?
Ok, iMonks, I’m open to your suggestions. Lay it on me. I’m not saying I’ll read them all, or any, but I am looking, and I have a Kindle that I’m not afraid to use. And I have a mailbox if you have a book you want to send me. My reading light is on. Now, what should I read?