Charles Darwin continues to annoy me, but the end is in sight. There are only two (long) chapters left to read. I can’t hope that Darwin’s thoughts will become any clearer, but I know now that I’ll finish the book. When I put it on my list for the Goodreads Reading the Classics Challenge back in December, I thought there was a good chance that I would give up after a few pages.
Most of my other reading at the moment is about marketing, and that’s too dull to write about.
In reading that isn’t Darwin or marketing, I’ve just started Mask of Duplicity by Julia Brannan. It’s set around the time of the Jacobite Rebellion in the 1740s. I’m not particularly interested in the rebellion, but it was recommended by Annie Whitehead, who writes fiction and non-fiction about the Anglo-Saxons. If you’re remotely interested in historical fiction, you should have a look at her weekly, alphabetical recommendations. Beware, though. She’s only reached D and I’ve already bought five of the books she’s mentioned.
Although I’m not that familiar with this part of the eighteenth century, The History of Tom Jones was set and written in the same period as Mask of Duplicity and I read it earlier this year. The only character so far who feels as if he would fit into Tom Jones’ world is the heroine’s greedy and violent brother. The heroine herself feels more Victorian than Georgian. In truth, she’s very modern. So far, that’s not spoiling my enjoyment of her story.
Books read in challenge: 4
Books read in year: 21