Summer’s Got Me Back on a Reading Roll

As I mentioned last time, my next pick on my reading list was inspired a bit by my love of Downton Abbey.  Fans of the series will recall that Cora, the Countess of Grantham, comes from a rich American family and her fortune kept her husband’s estate running into the 20th century.  Turns out the rich American girl + poor British aristocrat boy was a pretty popular setup back in the day and Daisy Goodwin adopted the theme for her novel The American Heiress.  Great literature it’s not, but it was certainly entertaining (and after a lot of epic fantasy I needed something that leaned a little further towards chick-lit).  Plus it earns points as historical novel giving a glimpse into that era, as Goodwin borrowed details from actual heiress’ weddings for authenticity.

Real life heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt helped inspire Goodwin’s novel. (photo from The History Chicks)

After that it was back to sci-fi for a couple books.  First was Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card, a retelling of Ender’s Game from the perspective of one of the supporting characters, Bean.  I read Ender’s Game almost two years ago now on my fiance’s recommendation and really enjoyed it.  It’s one of those stories that has stuck with me, but I still wanted a refresher before the movie comes out this fall and I figured this would more fun than just rereading the original story.

Then I jumped back into Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s series and picked up The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.  More space-age science fiction, albeit with a little less gravitas.  I am definitely enjoying this series and its been making for an absurdly fun break from the more serious themes of books I’ve been reading this year.  I can’t wait to pick up the rest of the series sometime soon.

Next up… non-fiction!

Ali Happy Reading, Ali

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