Here’s what I’m reading this week, on the road edition:
On the recommendation of Kelli Crowe. When someone you love as much as I love Kelli loves a book as much as she loves Pride and Prejudice, at a certain point you just give in. I absolutely adored this book and had to ask myself why I avoided it for so long. The answer, I know, is PRIDE and PREJUDICE! I pride myself on not following crowds and trends blindly, and there is such a huge love affair between women of a certain age and Jane Austen that I had to back off. And then the whole prejudice thing: I don’t like historical novels, I don’t like women’s fiction, I don’t like romances, blah blah blah.
Thank goodness, like Eliza Bennet, I am able to admit when I am wrong. And I was very, very wrong.
Once I accustomed my ear to turn-of-the-century English, I felt an uncontrollable urge to continue, and for some reason I went with Poe. I’m not actually reading all of, it, but picking and choosing old favorites and new, including “The Purloined Letter” (delightfully deductive), “The Fall of the House of Usher” (unbelievably descriptive writing), and “The Black Cat” (wonderfully creepy).
I don’t read Tucker Max, nor do I have a desire to follow his lead to “manipulate” anyone. But I’m eager to read how people like Holiday do what they do. Haven’t started this yet, but I’m thinking that anyone in the online biz owes it to themselves to give this a read.