Don't do spoilers :(
As of now, I am reading the 1,000 page giant World Without End, the companion to Ken Follett's amazing novel Pillars of the Earth. It can be quite tedious because building (masonry and carpentry) are major aspects of the story, and there are points where I wish I didn't have to read a page-long description of one section of a cathedral or the way a wooden bridge stays together or falls apart. But, since I got through Pillars okay, I think I can get through World Without End easily enough. It'll just take me a few months. ;)
Ariel by Sylvia Plath.
I love me some Plath. I appreciate that it's the original arrangement. Ted Hughes was kind of a (insert choice insult here), so I like that it has less of his input.
Currently reading a nonfiction titled Sun Stand Still but after this I plan to continue reading Narnia because I stopped in the middle of the third book!
I'm reading the Yiddish Policeman's Union by Micheal Chabon- not as good as his other stuff (the Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is one of the best books I've ever read!)
I just finished A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf yesterday. Both fascinating and sad how relevant it is even today.
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
It's fantastic! It may be the best account of a life I've read. I'm only about a fourth way through, and he isn't yet born. It's almost nothing but digressions into the life and opinions of anyone remotely related to the situation. Which is, to an extant, necessary to fully understand the situation. You could just give a linear account of the events of someone's life, but that isn't how it happens, and it isn't how it's remembered. Seemingly insignificant events stick with you forever, and huge events can become unmemorable with time. Life is made of all those little connections to everything around you, and without them being explained, most of them would go over your head.
It's an infuriating and hilarious book.
The Arthur Conan Doyle original, Sherlock Holmes short stories. This is a re-read for me but they are just so good that they stand up to multiple re-readings. They truly never get old, and a lot of the methods he uses are applicable in every day life.
I agree, I recently reread them and still quite enjoy them.
Re-reading "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" by Carson McCullers. So far it's as good as I remembered.
I've just begun "The Casual Vacancy" by none other than JK Rowling. I know it isn't a book for children, and I started with an open mind, trying to erase and Harry Potter memories and subconscious expectations.. but I still was shocked by the characters. I wasn't expecting them to be so.. I don't know, I guess.. real! I'm only about 6 chapters in, but its very engaging.
I'm rereading Les Miserables. Les Miserables is such a great story. I've been absorbed in it all this week. On Thursday I got home about 6:30/7 and read straight until 10:30. It felt wonderful--I didn't have the distraction of the internet and could be absorbed in the book.
Hugo (author) gives pages and pages of explanation about history or the politics of the times etc. I must admit that I frequently skim that. But my brother reminded me that we have access to so much information hat we don't need the incredible amount of setting that readers of his time would have benefited by.
But he also talks about his opinions. His opinions on nunneries, faith and prayer are very interesting.
I am now in the part called "Marius." related to Marius Pontmercy who falls in love with Cosette. I remember bits from from when I read it in 7th grade.
One detail I had forgotten was Thenardie (at Waterloo) robbed and rescued a man called Pontmercy" which must be either Marius' father or grandfather. Everyone is connected.