On My Nightstand: Assistant Managing Editor Claire Fletcher

Every month a Chronicle editor is sharing the list of books he or she is currently reading. This month we hear from Claire Fletcher, Assistant Managing Editor.

Just finished…
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Why I read it: I read this book for the YA book club here at Chronicle.
What I liked: I like fantasy in general, especially when paired with a strong female lead (as this book is). I have never been specifically drawn to books that focus on dragons, but this book had a fresh take, which I found compelling. I also liked the focus on the power of music.
Opening lines: “I remember being born. In fact, I remember a time before that.”

Promise the Night by Michaela MacColl
Why I read it: I read Prisoners in the Palace (another book by this author), so I was looking forward to reading her next novel.
What I liked: I liked learning about a figure in history I had never heard of. Based on the true life of Beryl Markham, this book made me want to learn more about the woman who lived through a lion attack, trained horses, and was the first pilot to fly solo from England to North America.
Line from Chapter 20: “I hang above the earth on hope and a motionless propeller.”

Next book I will read…
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
Why I’m interested: This is the third book in the Chaos Walking series. A mix of western and sci-fi, these books feature Todd, one of my favorite protagonists in recent memory. I’m looking forward to leaping back into this world, but I’m also a little weary since each of these books is a rough ride.
Opening line from Knife of Never Letting Go (the first book in the series): “The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say.”

In my book queue…
The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
Why I’m interested: I started this book way back when, but then got swept away by the other books in my life. A friend recently read it and recommended it, so I thought I should give it another try, especially since Nancy’s family history is so interesting, and this book is based on her eccentric family.
Line from Chapter 1 (I underlined a couple of lines during my first attempt, and this was one of them): “My uncle Matthew had four magnificent bloodhounds, with which he used to hunt his children.”

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
Why I’m interested: I read The Road, which I liked, but it left some haunting scenes in my head that I would rather forget. Cormac McCarthy’s writing style is fresh and unique, so I want to read another book by him, even if it means more bad dreams. Poetry in general is not my thing, but there is something poetic and sparse about his writing style that appeals to me.
Lines from the opening passage: “They say eyes are the windows to the soul. I don’t know what them eyes was the windows to and I guess I’d as soon not know.”

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Why I’m interested: Since I just purchased this beautiful copy of Pride and Prejudice, I figured it was a good excuse to read this book all over again. Jane Austen’s insight into her characters is always so sharp and amusing. I can’t wait to hang out with Elizabeth Bennett and to fall in love with Mr. Darcy all over again.
Opening line: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

Other books on my reading list…
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale
The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds by Alexander McCall Smith

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