Literary Thursday: What’s on my list this week

I’m taking a bit of a Southern and Agriculture focus in my reading ideas for the next few weeks while also working on BookRiot’s Read Harder Challenge, so this week’s post is based on those thoughts. I wanted to include some new releases for you, as well as some of the Read Harder inspired books and some of my agriculturally geared books. Reading “Letters to a Young Farmer” definitely sparked my agricultural reading vibe into action. So without further ado, here are books we should all consider reading!

Greg Iles is a well known author of southern based novels. Would you believe I’ve not picked up any of his books yet though? I decided maybe this needs to be my start. I actually enjoy finding books with male main characters. It lets me look into the minds of the elusive guys! You can find this book here:

Cemetery Road: A Novel

As I was reading “Letters to a Young Farmer,” I kept seeing people reference Wendell Berry. They’d read Wendell Berry. They’d talked to Wendell Berry. He WAS Wendell Berry writing to the future farmers. So you know I have to read some Wendell Berry now! I downloaded this onto Kindle last week. Anyone care to join in? You can purchase it here:

The Art of Loading Brush: New Agrarian Writings

The Read Harder Challenge includes a goal to read a book about Oceania by someone from Oceania. Not familiar with that term? Neither was I! Oceania encompasses Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Isles. Christina Thompson is a dual citizen of the UK and Australia, and her writings explore Oceania. Sea People caught my eye as one that might help me to learn more about Polynesia itself, and I’m really excited to read it! You can get your copy here:

Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia

Ok. So I’m being slightly humorous here. But this totally wins the internet this week, and Game of Thrones will be back next month. Don’t you want to read Hodor’s story in Hodor’s words, all 98 pages of him? HODOR!

The autobiography of Hodor: My Journey North

The White Tiger is one of Stephen King’s top book recommendations and it looks like a really interesting read! The book follows the driver of a wealthy Indian family. I feel like it will offer a new look into Indian culture for some readers. It is a Man Booker Prize winner which also speaks volumes.

The White Tiger: A Novel

I’ve read One Hundred Years of Solitude a couple of times. Let me make a confession. I’ve read all of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s books at least twice. Yep. He is one of my top five authors and I am reading this again for the Read Harder Challenge. His Autobiography is also very profound. Get your copy, join me in reading it, I’ll even help explain his writings! This is another on Stephen King’s list. Need I say more?

One Hundred Years of Solitude (P.S.) (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)

Do you want to read some true crime without being scared to go to bed at night? This is the one for you! I’m planning to read this for the Read Harder Nonviolent True Crime category. At some point I promise I’m going to give you a review of Gulf, which I have referenced before. This book once again ties back to topics that stemmed from me reading that book. In Gulf, there is a huge discussion about the giant drops in numbers of coastal birds in the early 1900’s thanks to fashion markets purchasing feathers in droves for ladies’ fashion. The Gulf coast was one of the largest sources of the feathers that designers purchased. The Feather Thief reviews a museum heist that maybe wouldn’t make sense to many. Feathers are something of a fancy commodity in certain circles, and just like ivory and tiger skins, there are black markets for fashion designers, collectors and more. I’m excited to read this and see what the drive actually was behind the thief.

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century

Semi-agricultural in its exploration in the wisdom that food crops can instill in us, and semi cultural through it’s look at Indigenous beliefs, Braiding Sweetgrass is on my necessary list. I haven’t even read it yet and it is on my necessary list. Native Americans and other Indigenous people historically have been so balanced with Earth and Nature in their living, food production and their persona lifestyles. We are at pivotal points in history when it comes to the preservation of our earth while still producing sufficient food. I think this book will be vital for those interested in agriculture. This book isn’t available via Prime shipping yet, so if you want an immediate read, grab the Kindle version.

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

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