Hello lovely readers! It’s been far too long since I’ve sat down at my laptop to type up a new blog post, but I officially graduate high school this Sunday (cue internal happy dance),
which means I will have much more time to write and post on here. I have lots of exciting things planned for the weeks to come, such as continuing my Hemingway Files series, a literary Paris-inspired reading list, and some art history book recommendations, but for now I will leave you with a quick list of all the books I am currently reading. I don’t know about anybody else, but I tend to read a lot of books at once and read little bits of each when the mood strikes me. I find I read more overall this way, as when I get tired of one book I just move on to another.
The first book I’m reading at the moment is The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, which I have actually already read and reviewed (you can find the link to that review here if you’re interested). I don’t generally reread books, however when I heard that The Royal We was being released in a new paperback edition with a bonus chapter, I couldn’t resist. I won’t say too much about this one, because if you want to know more you can go back and check out my review, but I will say I am loving this one just as much the second time around as I did the first.
The second book I’m currently reading, and the only other fiction book in this pile, is Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler. Now, if you know anything about me, you’ll know that there is nothing I love more than a good historical fiction novel, particularly when that historical fiction novel centers around real-world literary figures. Additionally, F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my favorite authors, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book, so when I saw a copy in Target for cheap I just had to pick it up. This book is written from Zelda’s perspective and really looks at her life as an independent woman, rather than just the wife of a famous writer. I’m only around 90 pages in at the moment, but so far I’m really enjoying this one.
Bohemian Paris by Dan Franck is a book I’ve had my eye on for quite a while, and luckily, I happened upon an almost-new copy in a used book store a week or two ago. Translated from French by Cynthia Hope Liewbow, this is a nonfiction book about the bohemian community of artists living in Paris between 1900 and 1930. From what I can gather from the preface, Franck wrote this book while he was researching another book of his, a work of fiction, that was centered around the same time period. I can’t gather much about this other book other than that its title is Nu couché and that it doesn’t appear to be translated into English. I am thoroughly enjoying taking my time with this one, and it’s filled to the brim with interesting little anecdotes about artists’ lives.
The last book that I’m currently reading, and by far the heftiest tome on this list, is Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past year, you’ve probably heard of the widely popular Broadway musical Hamilton, which is about the life of Alexander Hamilton and is set to various rap/hip-hop style songs. To keep a long story short, I’ve become seriously obsessed with the Hamilton soundtrack, and so I decided to check out Chernow’s biography, which originally inspired Lin Manuel-Miranda, from the library. I don’t want to say very much, as I’m only about 70 pages in, but so far so good!
So that’s everything that I’m currently reading at the moment! As always, I’d love to know what you’re reading at the moment, so let me know down below in the comments, and follow me on Instagram at @reflectionsofareader (I promise I post much more frequently on there than I do here)! 🙂