Have you read Daniel Dafoe’s book A Journal of the Plague Year? I hadn’t—I’d never even read Robinson Crusoe. But as J is very interested in germs and plagues, I thought I’d preview it. Dafoe writes so compellingly, and the topic is very interesting (to me). It reads as a memoir, not a novel—so far, it’s mostly a description of the slow increase in plague cases and the self-deception of the populous as it tried to imagine that the plague hasn’t come back to London.
I’m also working on The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck) for my book group. When I started it, I thought there was no way I’d make it through, but I’ve warmed up to it. But it’s still a good thing I have another month to finish it!