The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin (science fiction) This is one of my favorite books!
Why Poetry by Matthew Zapruder (nonfiction)
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman — Mary Wollstonecraft
Declare — Tim Powers (fantasy, currently listening on audio)
Almost a year ago, I selected the 17th century poem “Corinna’s Going a-Maying” (Robert Herrick) for the weekly feature The Monday Poem in a GoodReads group, All About Books. I didn’t write about it, but you can read the poem here with some helpful annotations. Herrick’s best-known poem is “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time,” on a similar theme. The first stanza:
Get up, get up for shame, the blooming morn
Upon her wings presents the god unshorn.
See how Aurora throws her fair
Fresh-quilted colors through the air:
Get up, sweet slug-a-bed, and see
The dew bespangling herb and tree.
Each flower has wept and bow’d toward the east
Above an hour since: yet you not dress’d;
Nay! not so much as out of bed?
When all the birds have matins said
And sung their thankful hymns, ’tis sin,
Nay, profanation to keep in,
Whereas a thousand virgins on this day
Spring, sooner than the lark, to fetch in May.