I enjoy history, and briefly thought in college about majoring in it, but then I thought, "Nah, what would I do with a history degree? I'll major in a far more useful discipline: English!" So, I like to indulge both my historical and political interests on occasion. This book is fabulous for such indulgences, but does get weighed down in the minutia of good history -- meaning that the author's research and scholarly expertise are impressive, but at times, boring. I'm a couple hundred pages in and Lincoln JUST got elected. So, needless to say, my progress through this one is, at times, tedious. However, I am marveling at what the title says: Lincoln was a genius.
My other reading may not appear lighter to some, but to me, it's pure enjoyment: Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
I'm teaching an Intro to Shakespeare course this term, and it's fun to re-familiarize myself with some works that I haven't read in awhile. Like I said, for some readers, the thought of reading verse is enough to push a them to hard drug use, but I enjoy the lyricism. (Oh yeah, that's also why I majored in English! I remember now!) This is a great play -- the basis for all romantic comedies stem from this play -- and I enjoy the story, but mostly, as I read this, I enjoy the language and the poetry: "O what fools these mortals be!"
Lastly, the most entertaining read on my plate is Cheryl Strayed's "Wild."
I had been reading reviews on this since last year and was eager to read it, and it turns out, it holds up to the hype. I judge all memoirs against what I consider the gold standard -- Mary Karr's "The Liar's Club" -- and what I think a really good memoir should do: marry poetic sensibility with engrossing conflict. This memoir is about as close to Karr as I think any memoirist can get and not actually be Karr.
So, what are YOU reading?