As we head into autumn it’s inevitable that I’ll be spending more time reading rather than plotting. It’s about now that I start to build up my pile of unread books and add titles to my must read these list. I also look for a series of books that I’ve read previously and want to reread.
At any one time I’m always reading at least two or three books, including crime fiction and various non-fiction.
Recently Alison Barrow, Director of Media Relations at Transworld Publishers, very kindly sent me an uncorrected proof copy of One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson which is due to be published later this month. I’ve always enjoyed his books so it’s not surprising that I thoroughly enjoyed this one. As a lifelong aviation buff I was particularly interested in reading about the aviator Charles Lindbergh who as the cover blurb says…started the summer wholly unknown and finished it as the most famous man on earth. It was the year that saw talking pictures and people bought radios for the first time. This book is fascinating and informative in equal measure, and it shows that bankers, celebrities, politicians and sportsmen haven’t changed for better over the intervening period as many were just as unsavoury then as they are today. The book also includes an interesting epilogue which details what happened to the main characters, a comprehensive bibliography along with notes on sources and further reading. Not only did I really enjoy reading this book but I’m sure that I’ll reread it sometime in the future. Needless to say I’m more than happy to recommend it as a Sofaflyer’s good read!
Sofa flying has had a long summer break but I’m intend resuming posting there again soon with more on books, including mentioning friend’s blog posts such as CJ’s Bean flowers, a bee, bookmarks and a balloon and VP’s Book Review: The Flower of Empire.
Happy reading, and have a good week!