...and now that the 2010 season is done we can all go back to the dull drudgery of our lives. While this means our Saturday's will be all the poorer for the lack of football, it also means we can take the opportunity to renew our interest in all those other things that grab our individual interests.
Last year I started a fan post asking folks what non-football book they were reading that proved to be pretty popular. There were a lot of great suggestions on stuff to read as well as a strong discussion on various tomes several of us had read. So in that same spirit, I inaugurate this off-season with another books post.
The work I'm currently reading that has really impressed me is Beryl Bainbridge's Master Georgie. Bainbridge is another author who I took an interest in after reading the obituary of last year and am kicking myself for never reading her works before. The first paragraph was all it took to completely have me enthralled:
I was twelve years old the first time Master Georgie ordered me to stand stock still and not blink. My head was on a level with the pillow and he had me rest my hand on Mr Hardy's shoulder; a finger-tip chill struck through the cloth of his white cotton shirt. It was a Saturday, the feast of the Assumption, and to stop my eyelids from fluttering I pretended God would strike me blind if I let them, which is why I ended up looking so startled. Mr Hardy didn't have to to be told to keep still because he was dead.
The last time I read a book that started off in such a masterful and commanding manner was Robert Penn Warren's "All the King's Men" (another book I cannot recommend highly enough). If you are looking for something new to read, I suggest you give one of Bainbridge's works a try.
And, with that, I once again put the question to you all: What book are you currently reading and why would you (or would you not) recommend it to the rest of us?