Well, what is serious? Looking over my list of the last fifty-one books read, I see not much in the way of Very Serious High Art Literature-Type Books. I like the funny.Are we looking just at stories that don’t end well, books without a Happily Ever After? Or novels with Serious Themes that Make Us Think? I don’t know.
I do enjoy a lot of books that are fairly mindless; I don’t watch much TV, and I guess we all desire mental junk food.I’ve only got a couple of Classics listed at the moment: Jane Eyre, some Colette, and White Fang. Colette’s always witty and amusing, though. Do the others count? They were pretty far back.
All the Cornell Woolrich books I’ve read are very serious: they’re dark novels of love and despair. And I highly recommend all of them.
I don’t count any romance (thanks to the HEA), so I have to consider that when looking at the historical fiction. In which case The Bearkeeper’s Daughter is probably the most recent completed serious book. O the Red Rose Tree, which I read last night, but haven’t yet posted, had some serious undertones, but was also more amusing than not.
Of the books I’m currently reading, Villette, Everything is Illuminated, and When Christ and His Saints Slept are all serious in that they all require more of my attention and concentration than many books, and they touch on fairly serious or even dark subject matter.