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.
Currently re-reading The Count of Monte Cristo. I usually read it again maybe once or twice a year. Its funny how each time I read it something different about the story appeals to me. The first time it was the revenge plot because I had just gone through a bad breakup. The second time it was the way Edmund realizes how futile revenge is. Every time I go through that book there is always something new for me to take away from it.
I've been recommended that book before--maybe I should try it as part of the 100 books I want to read this year.
I'm FINALLY reading John Green's "The Fault In Our Stars", I'm still in chapter four but so far i think it's amazing, if there is ANYONE who hasn't read it i suggest you do.I'm also slowly reading "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie and at the point where I am at I still can't formulate an opinion but all of her books are so well spoken about that i thought i should give it a try.
I just finished reading Flesh and Bone from the Rot and Ruin series; and it is SOO GOOD!