Since becoming sick this past November (first a momentary, sudden illness in the pit of my stomach…), I’ve found it difficult to stay 100% healthy as winter has well and truly set in. It’s not terribly cold where I live (the middle of Honshu, the main island of Japan), but the up-and-down irregular temperature pattern this year has made it easier to catch colds, influenza, and other upper respiratory sicknesses.
So while down in the dumps with the mumps (which I contracted over New Year’s from my two children, despite having been vaccinated against it as a child…different strain here, perhaps), I’ve tackled a reading book list compiled from last summer. Even managed to finish one or two!
In addition to my New Year’s Writing Resolution (as I wrote on my FB page, one short story published and one draft complete of an SF novel which I’ve already outlined and done character sketches for) I’ve further resolved to finish the books below, which should serve as background material for a few projects down the road: My Three Granddads, a non-fiction memoire/biography; Who Dares Nothing, an historical fiction based in 18th century New York, and a scholarly paper on quantum mechanics and language learning..yeah, that’s a bit eclectic…).
Anyway, here’s the list:
- The Prodigal Tongue (Mark Abley)
- Drums Along the Mohawk (Walter D. Edmonds)
- Erin’s Daughters in America (Hasia R. Diner)
- White Trash (Nancy Isenberg)
- In Search of Ancient Ireland (Carmel McCaffrey and Leo Eaton)
- Tin Horns and Calico (Henry Christman)
- Irish Migrants in the Canadas (Bruce S. Elliott)
- The Irish Americans: A History (Jay P. Dolan)
- Emigrants and Exiles (Kerby Miller)
- Alice in Quantumland (Robert Gilmore)
- Quantum Mind and Social Science (Alexander Wendt)
- Second Language Identities (David Block)
So…what are you all reading this winter?