Yesterday we bid goodbye to April, and thus for me, to Read of England 2017. I believe I found a good balance between literature and history, though next year I may mix in a few biographies, perhaps with a theme — Soldier, Scientist, Statesman? Considering that I logged a couple of classics, I’m generally pleased. I didn’t quite get around to reading a James Bond tale, though. There are a couple of books not reviewed, though one is on the way. The only thing I can say about Doyle was how oddly surprised I was to find that his first Holmes story was one-third western.
A Study in Scarlet, Arthur Conan Doyle
Perelandra, C.S. Lewis
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, Howard Pyle
Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
On the Shoulders of Hobbits, Louis Markos
From Narnia to a Space Odyssey: CS Lewis and Arthur C Clarke, ed. Ryder Miller,
The Canterbury Tales, Gregory Chaucer. Modern English interpretation provided by Peter Tuttles.
London at War, Phillip Ziegler
Sister Queens: The Tragic, Noble Lives of Catherine and Juana, Julia Fox
In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible, Alister McGrath
The Armada, Garrett Mattingly
1066: A New History, Peter Rex
With Read of England over, what’s to come in May? Well, the Discovery of Asia will resume its course, with a little more history incoming. I’ve had a fierce science itch for several weeks now, and am also yearning to return to the Southwest , both in body and in books. Reading histories and stories from the land of enchantment is easy enough, but I’m hoping to visit the region again personally next spring. Expect a few English strays and even a Star Trek book in the weeks to come.