I received my new Kindle for Christmas. Since that time I have read 17 books. Most are old classics, some are new titles. I am greedy and have always hoarded books. I have 35 more volumes in my queue waiting to be read.
Here is the list of the read volumes:
Star Island by Carl Hiaason
The Fort By Bernard Cornwell
The Scarlett Pimpernell by Baroness EmmuskaOrczy
El Dorado by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
I Will Repay by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
The Elusive Pimpernell by Baroness EmmuskaOrczy
The League of the Scarlett Pimpernell by Baroness EmmuskaOrczy
At this point I was a little tired of Sir Percy and his gang
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Dead Zero by Stephen Hunter
The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
Trap Line by Carl Hiaason
Key Weird by Robert Tacoma
Fat, Forty and Fired by Nigel Marsh
Under Enemy Colors by S. Thomas Russell
A Battle Won by S. Thomas Russell
Mr. Midshipman Easy by Frederick Marryat
and I am currently reading
Frank Mildmay Or, The Naval Officer by Frederick Marryat
As you can see, once I get on an author I like, I stick with him or her for a while. I had read The Scarlett Pimpernell as a kid, so I was glad to reacquaint myself with that fine adventure story set during the French Revolution. The sequels I had not read before. The books by S. Thomas Russell are in the spirit of Patrick O'Brian, of course not as good, but well worth a read. It goes without saying the Bernard Cornwell book is excellent.
The Marryat books are new to me. Marryat was a British Naval officer in the time of the Napoleonic Wars. He writes in the wordy style of the 19th Century, but so far I find him an entertaining read. Midshipman Easy is hilarious, and clearly the British sense of humor has not changed in two hundred years.
Fat, Forty and Fired is a fun, quick read. It is the story of a down-sized executive and the year he spent trying to rearrange the priorities in his life. It is told with humor and honesty.
I have three more Marryat books waiting, but I think I am going to take up Eddie Rickenbacker's autobiography next. But I have to admit, The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson by Robert Southey is a tempting choice. But to be honest with myself, I will probably stick to Marryat until he bores me.
What are you reading?