I've had the same experience with people I have check their history. They never remain the same in my mind.
I compartmentalize as many artists, authors, and such as I can. I could name some who still leave a bad thought behind it all.
I'm currently reading The Fabled Coast by Sophia Kinshill and Jennifer Westwood.
It's a collection of folk tales from the coasts of Britain and Ireland, lots of ghost ships, mermaids, sunken lands, pirates, smugglers, all sorts of stuff, not all myth, there is some History too.
It's very good if you like folktales which I do.
Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
My favorite book is Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. The story is described so realistically that it seems to you that you are also now in Australia and watching the events. Every story of the main characters touches the soul and you are sincerely worried about them. It is an engaging story filled with murder and mystery. The idea is very interesting. On the first page you will find out that the murder happened. But throughout the story, you have no idea who is the victim. At the same time, the genre cannot be called a detective story. A fascinating book about relationships.
She's Not There, by Joy Fielding. It's really good.
, A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari.
I'm reading a biography of Regency clown Joe Grimaldi.
Orley Farm, by Anthony Trollope
Cloud Cuckoo Land - Anthony Doerr
I just finished Old Bones, by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston. It's a detective novel. The main characters are Nora Kelly, an archeologist, and Corrie Swanson, a FBI agent. Good book.
About She's Not There (Joy Fielding) : The main character's baby is kidnapped. 15 years later, a teenage girl calls her and says she's her daughter...
Headed Into the Abyss: The Story of Our Time, and the Future We'll Face, by Brian T. Wilson
Finished A Thousand Ships, by Natalie Haynes. It's about the Trojan war, but from the point of view of women. Gives a little bit too much value to beauty, but I liked it.
I am reading Riders to the Sea ( Written by Synge). It is a one-act play that focuses on the tragic story of Maurya and her children.
I'm curre tly reading a textbook on ancient civilisations from the stone age to the classical period.
I've just finished the chapters on Egypt, which I already knew a fair bit about and have just started the chapter on Babylon.
To be honest that's the bit I'm most interested in, I know a lot about the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians, but not much about Babylonians, Assyrians and Hittites.
It's quite a old book. The copy I have had a press cutting of an Am Dram review from the Ayreshire Post dated 23rd April 1954.
The book itself was published between the wars, it personally thanks Howard Carter himself for certain photographs etc. as Carter was still alive when it was written.
Another thing is that the author sets homework at the end of each chapter!
However, what is most telling isn't what is said about ancient cultures, but how he says it.
He definitely has the perpective of a white Christian quasi imperialist. The west definitely is the best, it would be a bit extreme calling him a fascist, but I bet he agreed with Hitler about more than a couple of things.
I've finished Catwoman : Soulstealer. I don't like Sarah J. Maas, but that book was good.
Finally finished the book "SAPIENS" A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari.
I've finished Unconquerable Sun, by Kate Elliott. It's the story of a young princess figthing invaders. I recommend it. A huge book though, five hundred pages.