The act of reading ... begins on a flat surface, counter or page, and then gets stirred and chopped and blended until what we make, in the end, is a dish, or story, all our own.
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March 22, 2017

Reading lives

Having recently worked my way through two not-all-that-engaging biographies of  people I was looking forward to knowing more about, I was reminded of how wonderful it is when the opposite happens ... those times when I've found myself reading, and loving,  a beautifully-told life of someone I didn't expect to find as interesting as I did.  That's even better, I think. :)


Karen K. said...

Catherine the Great was just wonderful, Massie did an amazing job of bringing her to life. I've also read the Dickens biography and loved it. Another great one is Becoming Queen Victoria by Kate Williams which backtracks to the Regency period with George IV and Princess Charlotte and explains the amazing circumstances which led to Victoria as the heir to the throne. It's really fascinating.

JoAnn said...

Sorry about the recent disappointments. There is something extra special in the unexpected... I haven't had the experience in years, but remember being unable to tear myself away from Blake Bailey's biography of Richard Yates, A Tragic Honesty.

Bellezza said...

I have been interested in Catherine the Great by Massie before. How I am fascinated by Russia's history! I just finished a book on Nero, which was fine, but not stellar.

Did you see Masterpiece is beginning a series on the Bronte sisters? It airs Sunday night, and I suspect we may like it.

JaneGS said...

I thought Claire Tomalin's bio of Dickens to be the best I've read. I really enjoy bios, but it has to be the right subject and right biographer to click.

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