Wednesday, September 13, 2017

What I'm reading Wednesday...

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

I finished this one last night.  I was on the reserve list for it at the library for awhile, and it became available last week.  I try to read the ones with reserve lists as quickly as I can so that I can return it back without making the next person wait too long.

The period is Victorian, and I thought the writing style was very representative of the period.  I enjoyed the story even though I didn't identify greatly with any of the characters.  I found myself thinking several times that it would make an amazing television period drama.

I'm counting this one as 'a book with an eccentric character' on the 2017 reading challenge.  While the characters don't seem exceptionally eccentric in light of modern society, in the Victorian era the main female characters, one a naturalist and one a political activist, would have been considered very eccentric.  The young son of the naturalist, would also have been seen as eccentric as he grew older, since he seemed to have a form of Asperger's syndrome.

Confessions of a Surgeon: The Good, The Bad, and the Complicated...Life Behind the O.R. Doors
 by Paul A. Ruggieri, M.D.

I purchased this one a year or two ago and never got it read.  I can't remember why I felt drawn to read it at the time, but it seems like the kind of book I usually look for after hearing the author interviewed.  I came across it on the bookshelf recently, and since I still need a 'book with a subtitle' for the 2017 reading challenge, I put it on my nightstand to start next.


  1. Any book that would make an amazing television period drama sounds like it's my kind of book.

  2. I am always ready to try anything Victorian! TV or book or both! I am reading See What I Have Done and I also make extra trips to the library to take back the latest so others can have a turn.I am really enjoying this Lizzie Borden story.

    1. So glad you told me about See What I Have Done! I read almost anything about Lizzie Borden. Library doesn't have it yet. :(

  3. The Essex Snake has been on my TBR list for quite a while, I'm on the reserve list at the library, but it takes forever. Will read it eventually

    1. I am always sad at how long the wait is for reserve books…that’s why I try to return them as quickly as possible…do unto others, you know. :)


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