Some books I’ve read recently that are worth mentioning:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
A free ebook on my Kindle reader. It was pretty good, good character development, not a complex plot, but its worth reading. I enjoyed it more than Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte).
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
Pretty good, Scott is, of course, a good writer. The story is a bit far fetched, especially its portrayal of Richard the Lion Heart, but fun.
My Man Jeeves by PG Wodehouse
Socialite Bertie Wooster lives a life of none but social obligations which he makes a mess of and his trusty valet, Jeeves, has to bail him out. Comedy from the tail end of the Gilded Age.
Six Centuries of English Poetry: Tennyson to Chaucer by James Baldwin
An overview of English poetry presented in reverse order, newest to oldest. I won’t comment on the contents since its comprised of many authors, but if you’re interested in English poetry, check it out.
A Short History of England by GK Chesterton
This is a quick read, Chesterton is an engaging writer and he keeps you turning the pages! He covers the history of England from Roman times to the 19th century.
Memoirs of the Confederate War for Independence by Heros von Borcke
von Borcke was a Prussian soldier who came to America for adventure and ended up with JEB Stuart during the war. His memoir is his impressions of big names and descriptions of camp life and battles (and a surprising number of parties!).
Grandfather Tales of North Carolina History by Richard Creecy
Published in 1903, Grandfather Tales is Robert Creecy’s short historical homilies written down for his grandchildren. Includes historical discussion, character sketches of important people, stories from the War Between the States and personal anecdotes of life on 19th century Albemarle Sound.
The Great Frontier by Walter Prescott Webb
Webb, a historian, chronicles the changing demographics, economics and ideas of four hundred years of Western Culture to find a theory on why we are what we are and what we may become. A must read for anybody interested in politics, economics or really anything else. Go read it now.
Destruction and Reconstruction by Richard Taylor
Son of president Zachary Taylor, Richard Taylor knew everybody who was anybody in mid 19th century America. This book is his memoirs from the war first under Stonewall Jackson and then in command in Louisiana. A highly educated and obviously intelligent man, his observations of fellow officers, North and South, are as enlightening as his opinions of the war. Definitely a must read for anybody interested in the war.
I’m currently reading The Federalist Papers and Anti-Federalist Papers alternating paper for paper. I hope to summon the will to do a write up and brief synopsis of the arguments and, more particularly, the rhetorical styles of the papers. Maybe…
I’m also hoping for some of William Gilmore Simms’ books to come down in price. I have trouble with the idea of payin 10 bucks for an ebook, I don’t know why.