I am reading anything that can hold my attention and that means humor, mystery, historical non-fiction, speculative fiction, and trash. You name it and I will probably read it at this point my life. It seems I want and need the freedom to be exposed to everything.
In my goodwill, library, and yard sale shopping sprees I found The Trial by Franz Kafka, After Leaving Mr. Mckenzie by Jean Rhys, The Reef by Edith Wharton, Do with me what you will by Joyce Carol Oates, Blue Latitudes by Tony Horowitz and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I admit to being out of control when it comes to books, but altogether the items I purchased were under $10.00. Whether or not I have room to store them is neither here nor there, right? The Hobbit is one of those books I always meant to read but never got to, so let's hope I do eventually since I bought it. I also found a absolutely beautiful, large and illustrated hard copy of Little Women in outstanding condition for $2.50!
This week I read a short story by James Hogg titled "The Mysterious Bride." Hogg was a 19th century Scottish poet and novelist who published in Great Britain between 1810 and 1835. What fascinated me about this particular story was even although it was a gothic, ghost, and horror tale, it also was a story of revenge. The women of Hogg's place and time had practically no rights and of course there was always bitter resentment and anger brewing under all that requisite compliance. I think it was so cool and calculating how he was able to present a subversive subject such as emotional reponse to the subjugation of women in such a way that it could be read and absorbed out in the open. I hope I can do that one day. By the way "The Mysterious Bride" is available on http://www.everywritersresource.com/shortstories/