I’ve been pondering books that are reserved in tone* and it makes me realize I’m a total sucker for books that are quiet and understated.
This preference wouldn’t surprise too many people who’ve heard my librarian voice (I’m told it’s quiet. I’m told to Speak Up). And I come from stoic people, so understated… it’s comfortable.
If you like this stuff, or if you’ve never gone there but are wondering what all the hush is about, here are some books notable for their quiet tone…
- Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
- News of the World by Paulette Jiles
- The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Lila by Marilynne Robinson
- My Mrs. Brown by William Norwich
- Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean
- The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
- Against Wind and Tide: Letters and Journals, 1947-1986 by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
- The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
And the most obvious choice of them all…
And I adore them all.
So, good readers, what titles would you add to the list?
*for the Reserved square of Book Bingo