1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. This book is on most Best Books of 2015 lists. I admit to being hesitant about reading it. I'm a huge fan of All the Light We Cannot See and I wasn't certain I wanted to read another WWII book told from the perspective of two primary protagonists. I'm glad that I "had" to read this book for my book group because I would have missed a very good read. The Nightingale is all about the courage of ordinary folk who do extraordinary things in the midst of tremendous peril because they feel compelled to do what is right despite of the risks. It helps to put a lot of things in perspective.
2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. This Young Adult book was recommended by a friend. Like many good YA books, there's a great deal more to this than might appear at first glance. Yes, this is about two teenagers who fall in love for the first time and yes, this book captures the glee and euphoria that come along with discovering that the person you like actually likes you too, and at the same time. But this book has more meat on its bones than just the love story. It's about perception, hard knocks, the wisdom of children, and charity when it's least expected. This is a good book when you want something of substance but don't want to be overwhelmed.
Though I'm not finished with this one yet, The Geography of Genius by Eric Weiner has me completely engaged. Why do pockets of exceptional creative output arise in certain places at certain times? This is what the author is exploring and trying to (somewhat) quantify through an examination of various time periods and locales. I'm at the start of the book and Weiner's trying to "recreate" Athens from millennia - ago to discover / uncover the unique circumstances that gave rise to philosophers, orators, historians and poets whose work we still read. I'll keep you posted.
Next week I'll be happily ensconcing myself in the studio with two projects that have mid-February deadlines. But the reading won't end. What are you reading? Any suggestions?