Lately I have been reading books one at a time. Probably because I haven’t had that much time on my hands, and it was all that I could do to finish one book as opposed to my usual of being in the midst of several. But just give me a few days of rest, relaxation and some good food and I am back to my old habits.
Last week I traveled to Baltimore to attend The Baltimore Book Festival and spent five days hanging out, sightseeing and speaking on a panel on book blogging. On the train rides there and back I found myself in the middle of a couple of books.
Doors Open, by Ian Rankin – I haven’t read any books by Ian Rankin before but I feel as though I have seen his name everywhere, and he seems to be well liked by other book bloggers. Reading a post on the Reagan Arthur Books Blog in a series entitled Five Paintings in Edinburgh That Might Make Ian Rankin Pull Off A Heist, was the last thing to push me over into buying the book, which follows the story of three friends who decide that art need to be “liberated” from people and institutions that would hide it away from being shared with the public.Right away the reader is set up to root for the bad guys, but with the perspective of the investigating detective also on display, it will be interesting to see just where my loyalty will lie.
At The Dark End of The Street, by Danielle L. McGuire – I think I first heard of this book when doing an exhaustive catalog search of books to cover for an upcoming podcast. Rosa Parks is a fascinating figure, even when she is portrayed as the docile and upstanding society member who refused to give up her seat one afternoon. She is even more fascinating as a radical civil rights activist and rape investigator who had been involved in the movement for years and knew exactly what she was doing. I have hardly been able to put down this account of the reasons that it was necessary to recast her in such an unassuming light and to consider that the history we learn is always what is most acceptable for the time, and is rarely edited and widely disseminated when the needs of the story have been met.
After I get through these I will be pretty much dedicating myself to some spooky reads. Do you have any Halloweenish reading planned for the month of October?