“After all, what can a first impression tell us about someone we’ve just met for a minute in the lobby of a hotel? For that matter, what can a first impression tell us about anyone? Why, no more than a chord can tell us about Beethoven, or a brushstroke about Botticelli. By their very nature, human beings are so capricious, so complex, so delightfully contradictory, that they deserve not only our consideration, but our reconsideration—and our unwavering determination to withhold our opinion until we have engaged with them in every possible setting at every possible hour.”
This was a beautifully written book. The characters and the setting are rich. The writing style was lush and at times philosophical--not always something I enjoy, but gorgeously rendered in 'A Gentleman in Moscow.' A definite must read for Russophiles.
"If you are ever in doubt, just remember that unlike adults, children want to be happy. So they still have the ability to take the greatest pleasure in the simplest things."
@apenchantforfantasy tagged me to complete the #describeyourreadinglife tag. Here we go!
1. How do you choose the books you read? I'm definitely a mood reader, although read-alongs and buddy reads help give structure to my reading life 📚
2. Do you buy books online? Oh yes. Abe Books is a favorite.
3. Do you finish a book before buying another? Sometimes? 😬 I try to read books from the library before purchasing, but that doesn't always happen.
4. What time of day do you usually read? Late at night, on my lunch break.
5. Favorite genre? Mysteries, historical fiction, family sagas. Also nonfiction (the Celts, 1100s-1400s, WWI, and psychology are particular areas of interest). 6. Favorite authors? Agatha Christie, Kristin Lavransdatter, Wilkie Collins, Jane Austen, Anne Brontë, Willa Cather, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Edith Wharton...
7. Do you lend books? Sometimes! Mostly to family members.
8. How long does it take you to finish a book? Depends on the book! 😜 Usually I'm a quick reader.
9. When you see someone reading do you peek at the title? Of course. I'm nosy 😂