Sometimes my reading life is haphazard and I dip into whatever strikes me fancy. (The right book, more often than not, seems to find me instead of the other way around.) Other times, I get a great deal of joy in creating an active reading plan to pursue.
On Monday I posted William Michael Rossetti’s account of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s reading habits because I plan to use it as a catalyst for my summer reading and I thought others might enjoy doing the same: http://preraphaelitesisterhood.com/rossetti-reading-list/
If you like the idea of using historical figures as a sort of reading guide, the poet William Allingham’s diaries are excellent for that. http://preraphaelitesisterhood.com/the-diaries-of-william-…/
If you enjoy a supernatural bent, Tim Powers’ Hide Me Among the Graves features the Rossetti clan and vampires http://preraphaelitesisterhood.com/hide-me-among-the-graves/
Speaking of supernatural, this post includes a few books that Rossetti enjoyed that influenced his work http://preraphaelitesisterhood.com/dante-gabriel-rossetti-…/
This post has a few good recommendations if Victorian murders are more to your liking http://preraphaelitesisterhood.com/murder/
Before writing her famous bestseller Chocolat, Joanne Harris penned Sleep, Pale Sister, a provocative 19th-century story of madness, lies, and laudanum. http://preraphaelitesisterhood.com/sleep-pale-sister/
Or you might want to brush up on your Dante http://preraphaelitesisterhood.com/reading-dante/
Kirsty Stonell Walker is the source of these excellent reads:
A Curl of Copper and Pearl: “To start with I was nothing, but then the merest sweep of his pencil gave a hint of what I could become.”http://preraphaelitesisterhood.com/book-review-a-curl-of-c…/
We Are Villians All: http://preraphaelitesisterhood.com/we-are-villains-all/
Whatever you’re reading, I’d love to hear about it. Sometimes there is nothing more satisfying than a good discussion and a bond created over the love of the written word.