Top Ten Tuesdays – This Summer’s To Be Read List

Published June 16, 2015 by Iphis of Scyros

In order to avoid a real post today (while I’m trying to figure out if I’m getting “dopey” from my increased dosage, as I’m told that’s a common side effect of this medication), I’m going to take part in The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesdays blog hop today.  (This means I don’t have to come up with a non-pre-planned post until Friday!  Yay!)

  1. The Greeks and Greek Love by James Davidson.  I read a few sections of this during the Fall semester for my final paper (the chapter on Achilles, and a few other bits, somewhat randomly) and now I’m reading the rest because…because.  Most books on ancient Greek society these days are still filtering their analysis of the Greek attitudes towards sexuality through Dover’s Greek Homosexuality, despite that its treatment of the subject doesn’t actually make any sense when compared with the original source material, but this book is trying to fix that problem.  (I.E., this book actually makes sense!  And it treats the ancient Greeks as people, who did things for human reasons, which varied from person to person and place to place, even if they did fall into a number of categories.)  On top of the fact that this book will be very important to my thesis, it’s also really entertaining reading, as Davidson’s writing style is light and witty (which cannot always be said for non-fiction books!).
  2. Tales of Superhuman Powers:  55 Traditional Stories from Around the World by Csenge Virag Zalka.  I’ve already read some of the stories, and they’re delightfully told.  It’s on my Kindle app on my iPad, though, so it’s a little less convenient to read.  I was just thinking “take up less space in my house” and wasn’t thinking “I’ll forget it’s there” when I bought it. 😦  I’d have already finished it by now if I’d bought the paperback…
  3. The Scarlet Sisters:  Sex, Suffrage and Scandal in the Gilded Age by Myra MacPherson.  Since this is a paperback book, I’m reading it in the bath when I don’t have new volumes of manga to read.  (What?  I like to spend a long time soaking in the bath, but that’s boring if I don’t have something to read, and I don’t like to risk a hardback!  What’s wrong with that?)  It’s a really interesting biography of two sisters that I can’t believe I had never heard of before!  I’ll probably do a post about it when I finish reading it.  (The same applies to…actually, probably to most of the books on the list, really…)
  4. Whores, Harlots and Wanton Women by Petrina Brown.  I’ve gotta know if I was right or wrong to buy it.  Besides, there’s no reviews on Amazon, and I want to add one.
  5. The Death and Afterlife of Achilles by Jonathon S. Burgess.  The title says it all as to why I’ve gotta read it.
  6. Alice in the Country of Diamonds:  Bet on my Heart by Sana Shirakawa and Nana Fumitsuki.  A light novel based on the otome game Alice in the Country of Diamonds.  (For those not in the know, “otome games” are, uh, how do I describe them?  To call them “dating games for girls” would not be accurate, but…uh, they’re like choose-your-own-adventure novels, with pictures and sound, many fewer choices, and the idea of the game is to get the heroine into a relationship with one of the handsome young men surrounding her.  In the Alice series, they’re very loosely based on Alice in Wonderland, obviously, but it’s a twisted version where everyone carries guns, treats life as literally disposable and replaceable (except Alice’s) and it’s surprisingly bloody, which is what makes it work.)  I put it on this list primarily so that there would be a work of fiction on here.  (But it really is on my bookshelf waiting to be read!  I mistook it for a large volume of manga when I bought it…)
  7. Laughter in Ancient Rome:  On Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up by Mary Beard.
  8. Barbarians:  An Alternative Roman History by Terry Jones and Alan Ereira.  I want to read this one close to the end of the summer, since I’ll be taking a class on the Fall of the Roman Republic in the Fall semester (ooh, that’s a appropriate!) but since it’s a paperback, I may end up getting to it sooner than that.
  9. The Lost Book of Alexander the Great by Andrew Young.  Just picked this one up, but it looks interesting.  He’s tried to piece together what was in Ptolemy’s history of Alexander.
  10. Njal’s Saga.

Of course, given the length of some of these books (particularly the first one), I doubt I’ll get through all of them.  I’ll be lucky to get through half of them.  Depending on how soon Fantasy Life gets its tentacles out of my life.  And how the various games in my backlog treat me, and if I ever get over my writers’ block, and if I can ever get off my lazy rear end and start cleaning my house, and…yeah, lots of factors.

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