A few books I've enjoyed recently...
1. Black Beauty (Anna Sewell) – "It was early in the spring; there had been a little frost in the night, and a light mist still hung over the woods and meadows. I and the other colts were feeding at the lower part of the field when we heard, quite in the distance, what sounded like the cry of dogs. The oldest of the colts raised his head, pricked his ears, and said, "There are the hounds!" and immediately cantered off, followed by the rest of us to the upper part of the field, where we could look over the hedge and see several fields beyond."
2. French Milk (Lucy Knisley) – a graphic novel about Lucy's six-week trip to Paris with her mother; it's structured more as a travel diary than a traditional narrative.
3. Dubliners (James Joyce) – "Every night as I gazed up at the window I said softly to myself the word paralysis. It had always sounded strangely in my ears, like the word gnomon in the Euclid and the word simony in the Catechism. But now it sounded to me like the name of some maleficent and sinful being. It filled me with fear, and yet I longed to be nearer to it and to look upon its deadly work."
4. Bullfighting (Roddy Doyle) – "But it wasn't all great, the getting-older business — far from. He'd started grunting whenever he picked something up or bent down to tie his laces, or whatever. He hated it. He'd tell himself to stop. But he'd forget. It became natural. Pick the soap up in the shower — grunt. Start the lawnmower — grunt. He didn't have to grunt. He was well able to bend over and the rest of it. He asked the lads, and they all did it, too."
What have you been reading lately?