It’s been three weeks without a reading update *gasp!* What on Earth has been going on? Allow me to fill you in.
March has been a funny month for me, I’ve spread myself far too thin with a great number of things leaving me exhausted, demotivated and stressed. All of this has made me take a step back and reprioritise my life. I’ll do a future post on all of the conclusions that I came to, but for now, a reading update! I’ll be covering books I completed this week, books I’m currently reading, my incredibly unmanageable list of books I have on loan from the library, my bookish goals and my non-bookish favourite things at the moment. Let’s dive straight into it.
Completed This Week
I did complete two books during my absence in weeks one and two, however, I’ll cover them my monthly wrap up. For now, let’s talk about the three books I finished this week.
The Library of Fates
At 320 pages, this book is a lot longer than it felt. Perhaps due to the short chapter lengths, I flew right through this one, finishing it in no more than a morning. I do have mixed feeling about it, I’m feel like I really enjoyed it because it made me very emotional, however, there were plot points that I didn’t particularly connect with. The Library of Fates follows a young princess as she deals with her kingdom being overtaken by an evil tyrant that she was engaged to marry, who has an interesting past with her father and missing mother. I feel like The Library of Fates had such a unique and captivating premise but there was too much going on to do any of it justice, leaving most everything feeling slightly underdeveloped and shallow to me. Yet, I found myself emotionally invested in the characters and the journey. This one was definitely a conflicting read for me, and for that reason, I gave it three out of five stars.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J. K. Rowling
I have little reason as to why I felt the urge to pick up the fourth book in the Harry Potter series, but can you blame me? It’s the Triwizard Tournament, and for me, the turning point in the darkness level of Harry Potter. From here on out its death and distraction and darkness. I’ve always enjoyed the Goblet of Fire, and although it’s not my favourite (that honour is reserved for The Half Blood Prince) it’s definitely one of my favourites (okay, they all are, but it’s like, number two or three on the favourites list). I enjoyed it just as much as always this time around, and I devoured it in two sittings on really crappy days, so those really crappy days weren’t half as bad as I thought they’d be. Hogwarts is, after all, home. To no ones surprise, I gave it five stars.
I get a Levi smile every time I think of Fangirl. As a general rule, I’m not the worlds biggest contemporary fan, so it always surprises me when I like a contemporary novel. You can imagine my surprise when I fell absolutely head over heels with this one (but for some unbelievable reason, I gave it four stars when I first read it! I have no idea what I was thinking!) Fangirl follows Cath, a socially anxious but wildly internet famous fan fiction writer as she navigates her freshman year at college. I think the thing I love about Fangirl is the incredible pacing of it, sometimes with novels I feel like I know the way it’s going and so I’m spending the whole time anticipating a hill I’m about to climb and I just get really exhausted, but with Fangirl I’m not not climbing any hills, I’m floating down a lazy river sipping a gingerbread latte, and enjoying every single moment of the ride. I just really love Fangirl. So much, I’ll definitely be writing a review on it. This time, I gave Fangirl five stars.
Madness, Rack and Honey
This one is slow going. I don’t always love slow going books, but I love Madness, Rack and Honey. I’m only fifty or so pages in, so I guess my exclamation of love is slightly premature but I don’t care, the world needs to know that I love Madness, Rack and Honey.
Have a blurb:
Over the course of fifteen years, Mary Ruefle delivered a lecture every six months to a group of poetry graduate students. Collected here for the first time, these lectures include “Poetry and the Moon,” “Someone Reading a Book Is a Sign of Order in the World,” and “Lectures I Will Never Give.” Intellectually virtuosic, instructive, and experiential, Madness, Rack, and Honeyresists definition, demanding instead an utter—and utterly pleasurable—immersion. Finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award.
The Bell Jar
I’m buddy reading this with two of my friends over on bookstagram @fabookishlife and @bookeudaimonia_and I’m really excited to see what The Bell Jar is like, of course I’ve heard about it everywhere. If I’m being honest, I’ve always been slightly terrified of reading Sylvia Plath. I’ve watched one too many documentaries about her life and I’m kind of terrified of being inside her head. Maybe that’s stupid. Thing is, if the world “haunting” is in a blurb, I usually run the other way. But I’m reading it, buddy reading it in fact, because I need people to hold my hand.
Here, have a blurb:
Sylvia Plath’s shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity.
Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.
On Loan From the Library
Now you’re about to see what my tagline: Confessions from a Serial Library Loaner really means. I have sixteen books out from the library. There is no way I would ever be able to complete them all before their due date but there’s nothing stopping me from being hopeful when I’m browsing those stacks and pulling out every second book. At least it’s free, right? Because I don’t want this post to be like 40 meters long, I’ll link each title to the Goodreads page, so if you’re interested, click on it and be transported, by the magic of the internet, to Goodreads.
- The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
- Seven Brief Lessons on Physics – Carlo Rovelli
- What We See When We Read – Peter Mendelsund
- Letters to a Young Poet – Rainer Maria Rilke
- A Tangle of Gold – Jaclyn Moriarty
- One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez
- Letters to a Young Writer – Colum McCann
- Madness, Rack and Honey – Mary Ruefle
- South and West – Joan Didion
- The Crowns Fate – Evelyn Skye
- The Wrath and the Dawn – Renée Adieh
- As Consciousness Harnessed to Flesh – Susan Sontag
- Even the Stars Look Lonesome – Maya Angelou
- Perseoplis – Marjane Satrapi
- Perseoplis 2 – Marjane Satrapi
- The Readers Brain – J. Yellowlees Douglas
1. Read as much as possible
2. Finish Madness, Rack and Honey
3. Keep up with my buddy read of The Bell Jar
Non-Bookish Things I’m Loving
The Resident (FOX)
I love me some medical drama, plus Emily van Camp (Emily from Revenge) and Matt Czuchry (Logan from Gilmore Girls), I am so here for this.
Birds – East Love
This is Me – performed by Keala Settle, from The Greatest Showman soundtrack.
Other than that, I’m really obsessed with chocolate pudding. Obsessed, obsessed.
I think that’s all for now! Thanks a heap ton for making it to the end of this long reading update, and I hope you’re having a happy week. Drop me a comment below if you wanna chat about any of the books mentioned above, or fangirl over The Resident. Until next time!