First my fiction/poetry selections (links go to goodreads):
1. Ragnarok by A.S. Byatt - I'm a fan of the Canongate myth series but boy am I behind with them! This is apparently book 17 and my reading total is still in the lower end of the single digit numbers. Based on Norse mythology, Ragnoraok is about a young girl evacuated to the English countryside in World War Two who is given a copy of a book of ancient Norse myths.
2. Ariel by Sylvia Plath - You can tell I need to rejuvenate my reading by trying new things as I never normally pick up poetry. But I live Sylvia Plath and I've never actually read this in full. I have high hopes.
3. Property by Valerie Martin - I use the Orange Prize as a recommendation list as I generally enjoy the short-listed books and winners. Property won in 2003 and is set in the deep South of America in the 1800s. Manon is unhappily married to the owner of a sugar plantation in Louisiana as whispers of a slave rebellion grow.
On to the non-fiction selections. I was in a non-fiction mood today, so they outnumber the fiction:
4. The Devil Came on Horseback by Brian Steidle - Brian Seidle was one of only three Americans hired by the African Union to document the situation in Darfur during 2004. This book is him bearing witness to the atrocities and genocide.
5. Titans of History by Simon Sebag Montefiore - I know the type of history that focuses on big personalities alone is out-dated now, but I do enjoy it. I've read and enjoyed Montefiore's books about Stalin so I'm hoping to enjoy skimming through this guide to influential personalities throughout world history.
6. The Lost City of Z by David Grann - A British explorer attempts to fill in the blank spaces on the map of the Amazon during the 1920s but then vanishes without a trace. I love a good adventure story, especially if it's true.
7. Enslaved by Jessica Sage and Liora Kasten - Modern day slavery is such an under the radar issue, so I'm looking forward to this book of true stories from slaves. Hopefully I will learn more about the millions of people that are currently held as slaves around the world.
Have you read any of these titles?