November Reading List
It’s been a while since I have done one of these and I think it’s time to share what’s on my bedside table with you. In all honesty, my nightstand is an absolute chaotic, poetic, mess. But that’s okay. There are nearly too many books, loose jewelry, and a pile of notebooks because, well, I have an addiction to all things stationery.
Have you been looking for some bookspiration lately? Here are three books I intend to curl up with this month.
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Ever since I read Jude the Obscure in one of my university English courses, I have wanted to pick up another work by Thomas Hardy. Believed by many to be his best work, Tess of the D’Urbervilles tackles serious issues in 19th century literature and society long before other people were talking about it—like sexuality, the rural lower class, religious belief, and how all of those themes were dealt with by England at the time.
Wine and War
For years I have enjoyed red wine, but it wasn’t until moving to New Zealand that the desire to acquire more wine knowledge and wet my tongue on new varietals (even give those whites a try) overtook me. I learned about this book, again, in a university history course about Europe during both world wars. My professor recommended this book over the course of the semester no less than three times so I actually bought it for my father. It’s about the extreme measures taken by the French to protect their beloved wine from the Nazis after falling to Germany.
The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway.
I love Hemingway. I love reading his words, analyzing them, discussing them. I have been slowly working through his collection of shorts stories for probably two years now. A main reason that I haven’t made it much past the halfway point is that I did not take it to New Zealand with me due to the size. Since it’s a book of all the short stories written by him, I often read two or three in between other books. I like to enjoy Hemingway slowly.