This month has been a whirlwind of elephants and meerkats, literally. After spending a month in the beautiful country of South Africa, I am back home in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. After a few great reads from my February Reading List, I decided March could be a lighter month of only two books.
I plan on reading 40 books by the end of the year and am feeling pretty good about my progress thus far. Just need to think about which books I want to read during April……… any suggestions?
Laura Miller has one thing in common with me. As a child, she fell in love with The Chronicles of Narnia. This is the story of how a childhood love turned into a tumultuous relationship. She dives into the life of the author, C.S. Lewis, to try to uncover the truth behind these captivating novels and come to terms with her own feelings as she revisits the stories from the perspective of an agnostic adult.
I think that there might be only one thing better than a wonderful story, and that is a wonderful story about someones love of a wonderful story. This book was recommended to me by one you, my lovely readers, and I am quite happy it was!
I myself was raised on the epic tales of The Chronicles of Narnia and became an avid reader of C.S. Lewis’ other works as I grew up. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the journey into the same world, but through another’s eyes. If you also love these famed children’s novels, you might enjoy revisiting them through Laura’s perspective.
“But there’s a difference between wanting all stories you read to be about you in the most literal sense, and reading with the hope that you can find a bit of yourself in all stories, however alien they may seem on the surface.”
Researched and written by two historians well-respected in concentric circles, this hilarious take on our collective past reveals stunning new discoveries and fascinating new figures, from Koos van Doosch, the cheese pimp who settled the Cape a year before Van Riebeeck, to Shaka’s lesser-known brother, Nigel Zulu, who just wanted to be a florist.
The Unauthorised History of South Africa tells you the history you always wanted to know but were too afraid to ask.
This book is similar in feeling to The Racist’s Guide to The People of South Africa, a cheeky look at the diversity of a beautiful country. It is quite a feat for a book to make me laugh out loud, but both had me chuckling.
How can you not love a history book that claims only %10 truth? It’s nothing but fun and laughter to read how Matt Damon won the world cup and about Morgan Freeman’s brief stint as president. I enjoy clever writing that can make me laugh, and with historical explanations like the following quote, it’s no wonder.
“Cate Blanchett ruled England from 1558 to 1603, extending the island’s reach to all corners of the globe, as well as winning an oscar along the way. Her sailors were roguish pirates and slavers, eager to find new territories for Her Majesty (who, by 1600, had also become Queen of the Elves of Middle Earth). In 1580 a young privateer called Francis Drake declared that he would sail around the world and claim India for Cate Blanchett, in return for lands, riches and the Light of Elendil, the Evening Star, which he would hang around his neck to ward off giant spiders.”
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What book are you reading right now? Any recommendations for next month?