It’s that time again: time to announce the next Reading Buddies book and kick off a new poll! But first, just a reminder that this month’s read is A Room with a View by E.M. Forster, which I’m liking quite a bit so far. The Goodreads thread is up, and I’ll be posting about the book on January 13 and 27. Feel free to join in if you’d like!
February’s book, which won with more than two thirds of the votes, will be The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham. I’ll post about it on February 10 and 24. I read some of Maugham’s short stories last year and really enjoyed them, so I’m looking forward to reading The Razor’s Edge with those interested — who’s in? Here’s a bit about it to whet your appetite (from Goodreads):
“Intimate acquaintances but less than friends, they meet and part in postwar London and Paris: Elliot, the arch-snob but also the kindest of men; Isabel, considered to be entertaining, gracious, and tactful; Gray, the quintessence of the Regular Guy; Suzanne, shrewd, roving, and friendly; Sophie, lost, wanton, with a vicious attractiveness about her; and finally Larry, so hard and so trustful, lost in the world’s confusion. Their story, one of Somerset Maugham’s best, encompasses the pain, passion, and poignancy of life itself.”
The poll for March’s book is up in the sidebar. Please be sure to vote for your preference! In an attempt to incorporate my other two reading projects with Reading Buddies, I’ve included a classic (Smith) and a just READ it book (Calvino) plus a novel I’ve been meaning to read for a while (Stegner). I think I’ll try using this “formula” for a few months and see how it goes. Let me know if you particularly like or hate it!
I can’t link to the titles within the poll itself, but I thought I’d try to make researching unfamiliar titles easier on you by including links to each book’s Goodreads listing here: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino, Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner. Now go, research, and vote!