1. The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck - I hadn't read it since high school, and had honestly forgotten what a beautiful book it is. The fact that I'm a farmer's child who truly understands the value of the land made the read that much sweeter.
2. The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton - And I hadn't read this one since college. It was like a reunion with a long-lost friend. Of course, the movie version with Daniel Day Louis is also one of my most familiar movies - I saw it in the theater three times (unheard of for me) and it was one of the first VHS tapes I bought - so I know the story extremely well. Knowing it so well, though, I was still surprised with details I had forgotten. So much fun! And soooo emotional. I can't believe how upset I still get over this book.
Ahem. Apparently I wasn't done with Jamie and Clair after all.
1. Drums of Autumn,
2. The Fiery Cross
3. A Breath of Snow and Ashes
4. An Echo in the Bone
Some notes about my Outlander experience.
- It's been a long while since I found a series that engrossed me as completely as this one did. Typically quality falls off and I get bored or annoyed. (see Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind.) While some books are absolutely better than others, Gabaldon has managed to maintain the overall quality throughout....and I quite literally could not put them down. Bravo.
- That's roughly 5,350 pages of reading....in one month. That tells you just how obsessed I was, just how compelling of a read they were, and just how bad my eyes are right now!
- OK, so I'm a schmuck for books with solid relationships in them. Can't help it.
- Also happen to really be into history...
- And here is where I feel a need to write a defense of 'popular' literature as compared with 'literary' works. I will save you the lecture, except to say that there is value in all...but when it comes right down to it I have to admit I prefer books that are fun and suck me in as completely as these did....so long as they are also well written.
- The next book won't be coming out until next fall, so I can now move on to something else.
I'm also happy to report that there is a second book about our wee September from The Girl Who Navigated Fairyland...also coming out this fall!