Three Books // Read, Reading, To Read - Vol. 2

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
— Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Oh, Jane. (She's right though.)

So, have you read any good books lately? I have! Since my previous Three Books post, I have finished Cloud Atlas (highly recommended), The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag (recommended), In The Woods (eh), and my most recently read book is...

Three Books // Read, Reading, To Read - Vol. 2 // THE LIFE IN BETWEEN

Recently Read: The Great Gatsby

I skipped The Great Gatsby in high school. In fact I can't even remember if it was required or not, but if it was, I obviously chose to read something else. I am so glad I decided to read it now, though. What an incredible story! I abhor spoilers, so I always do everything I can to avoid them, and am proud to say that once I decided to read Gatsby (it's been on my list for awhile), I refused to watch the movies, read reviews, listen to people talk about it (even when the newest movie came out and everyone decided that they needed to dress and act like Daisy, et al.), etc. I do that with all books/movies on my list, and am usually successful and happily clueless as I read/watch, and am so relieved that I had success this time, too. 

P.S. I watched the newest The Great Gatsby movie – the one with Leonardo DiCaprio – after finishing the book and was pretty disappointed. I'll be skipping the version with Paul Rudd (because I love him and prefer to continue to love him), but am eager to see the version with Robert Redford!

Genre: Literary Fiction, Historical Drama

Three Books // Read, Reading, To Read - Vol. 2 // THE LIFE IN BETWEEN

Currently Reading: The Post Office Girl

Okay I'm not very far along yet, but I am loving this book so, so much so far! The Post Office Girl takes place in the 1920s, and partially in Vienna, Austria (I live in Vienna, for those of you who don't know), so it's really fun to be able to picture the streets and nearby cities somewhat accurately. The character development and storyline has been fantastic so far too... and you guys have to keep in mind that I'm reading this immediately after having read The Great Gatsby, which is a hard act to follow, but The Post Office Girl is really holding its own! It was originally written in German (the author is Austrian), so obviously I'm reading a translated version (my German isn't nearly advanced enough to read German-Language Literature), and as of now I'm giving this one two thumbs up. 

Genre: Literary Fiction, Historical Drama

Three Books // Read, Reading, To Read - Vol. 2 // THE LIFE IN BETWEEN

Next Up: Of Mice and Men

I'm evidently on a historical drama kick at the moment. Of Mice and Men is actually my favorite story – I've read it many, many times already. East of Eden comes in at a very close second, and yes, John Steinbeck is my favorite author. Anyway though, I made it a sort of tradition to read Of Mice and Men once a year, but haven't been following through. I haven't read it in... two years, I think. So I'm overdue. There are so many books on my to-read list that I haven't read yet though, so I think after Of Mice and Men I'll move on to another new story.

Which of the books in the photo below would you choose to read next? ⤵︎ Or, should I continue the Falvia de Luce series and read A Red Herring Without Mustard? The choices are endless...

Three Books // Read, Reading, To Read - Vol. 2 // THE LIFE IN BETWEEN

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