A Sofaflyer’s good read

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.

One Summer America 1927Recently 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!


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16 Responses to A Sofaflyer’s good read

  1. Caro says:

    I’ve enjoyed Bill Bryson’s previous books so I expect the same will be true of this one – I’ll look out for it when published. Thanks for the recommendation!
    PS I loved CJ’s bookmarks post, some lovely quotes there! C xx

  2. Jo says:

    It sounds a really interesting book, I’m pleased you enjoyed it. It isn’t often that I reread a book but I’m currently reading Of Mice and Men, a book I studied as part of my English Lit O Level. Eleanor’s currently reading it at school as part of her GCSE so we’re also reading it together at home.

    • Flighty says:

      Jo it is, and thanks. I used to reread very few books but find I do more so now. It’s a very long time since I read that, and sounds like a great idea to be reading it together. xx

  3. CJ says:

    Thank you Flighty! You are right, it is the time of year to draw the curtains and enjoy an evening with a book. I shall look forward to your recommendations.

  4. snowbird says:

    I’m finding that I’m beginning to gather my winter reading too….I love nothing better than a good read on the lovely autumn nights.xxxx

  5. elaine says:

    I already have a pile ready to delve into – I have been reading all summer though sitting outside in the sunshine under an umberella getting a few rays – I am already missing the warmth – it is certainly getting a bit chillier now.

  6. nikkipolani says:

    Well, I don’t think they could’ve found a more appropriate reviewer for this book 😉

    Since I’m still looking over my garden with lengthening mental lists of chores, I haven’t any time to consider fall reading yet.

  7. pianolearner says:

    I love, Bill Bryson, I am also a lifelong aviation enthusiast, so this is right up my street.

  8. Sharon says:

    That book sounds interesting, I will look out for it. Aviation stuff seens to crop up a lot in my life, my dad was in the airforce so I was an Airforce brat, and our town has two air events a year, Wings over Wairarapa ( vintage Aircraft) and a Balloon Festival. I will probably carry on reading into the summer out in the garden in a shady spot!

    • Flighty says:

      Sharon lucky you with with two such air events as I’ve always liked vintage aeroplanes and balloons.
      Lawn lounging rather than sofa flying sounds good to me. xx

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