Monday, June 9, 2014

The Sage Book Whisperer's SUMMER through Fall Reading List 2014


 Well.....Maybe Not just Yet(Official 6/21/14)....BUT.....

Here we go! It's that time of the choose BOOKS to Read. This year I'm going from "Classic American Literature"_both American & African-American Authors. And,a little bit of Contemporary. I'm in love with Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce Series (2009-14)_an outrageous 11 year old Sleuth. And a Classic_ Father Brown Mysteries (1911)by G.K. Chesterton.I love The Father Brown TV Series on PBS_thought I'd read Chesterton's work.I'm a big Agatha Christie Fan, so that works for me! Fun-"Who Done It" kinda stuff.So here we go...I've already started & finished some of my choices....p.s. might have to add mo'books,mo'books,mo'books...YES!

"Classics & Mysteries Reading List 2014"                                                                  ********

1.The Power of Sympathy (1791)by William Hill Brown & The Coquette (1797) by Hannah Webster Foster 

Overview_"The Power of Sympathy"_A tragic LOVE STORY,Sibling who fell in love without knowing they were related_Epistolary form of writing.

Overview_"The Coquette"_Based on the life of Eliza Whitman a woman seduced & abandoned courted by two different men,who give up on her & get married_she flirts, has illegitimate stillborn,etc.. COQUETTE : a woman who endeavors without sincere affection to gain the attention and admiration of men. We all know many in today's world!

2.Charlotte Temple (1794)  by Susanna Rowson 

Overview_"Charlotte Temple"_is a "seduction tale" which warns against listening to the voice of Love & counsels resistance_was a Best Seller during it's time 1790's.

NOTE: First American Novels_late 18th cent. & early 19th cent.

3.The Legends of Sleepy Hollow,Rip Van Winkle & Other Short Stories (1820) by Washington Irving 

4.The Ways of White People (1934) by Langston Hughes
One of the Great Harlem Renaissance Writers_1919 until the early or mid-1930.

5.I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings (1969) by Maya Angelou 

         ~In Remembrance of Maya's recent passing~
NOTE: I'm happy to say _my bid at EBAY Auction garnered me a 1st Edition Hardcover in pristine condition)

6.The Catcher in The Rye (1951) by J.D.Salinger 

 NOTE: Read this in Eng.Lit at Univ.of St.Thomas Houston in 1967...a re-read!

7. Father Brown Mysteries (1911) by G.K. Chesterton 

8.Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce Series  in order of Publication:
#1 The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie_ Read last hooked! 

#2 The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag...loved it!  

#3 A Red Herring without Mustard...OMG!!!!   

#4 I Am Half-Sick of Shadows...finished yesterday 6/8/14 good

#5 Speaking from Among the Bones ...started 6/8/14...yes that's a correct date!

#6 The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches...up next_last in Series 

I could re-read them all over! Just when you think you know WHO-DONE -IT...You will be so wrong.

I will have to Post a Follow-up on some of these Adventures...especially on #1 & #2 on the List....mmm,some contend this was Early "50 Shades of Grey"...Stuff...we shall see. Until,that time...


Maricia Johns said...

Interesting list. I might try to read some of them. I have only read "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings".

The Sage Book Whisperer said...

This list as you may know started with wanting to read American Classics.It morphed into wanting to read some of the "FIRST" books published in America....then to African-American "FIRST" books published in America_then my Fancy w/ Mysteries/Sleuth,Agatha Christie-esque types of books.So,there's something to try in several Genres!Hope you enjoy one or two...expand your horizons!