Summer is officially over so I thought it high time to reflect on my Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge. Sadly I did not complete it but I did learn a few things. Here is the result.
Good as gold:- The Casual Vacancy by J. K Rowling
The Book is Better:- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
On the bandwagon:- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood
Short and sweet:- The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Actually want to read:- Jaws by Peter Benchley
Not from around here:- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
In a friend zone:- The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
Wheel of format:- Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Past love:- Matilda by Roald Dahl
Armchair Traveler:- A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
First of all I spent way too much time on a book I really regret reading which was The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, I really wish I had just stopped reading it because I did not enjoy it and wasted a great deal of my free time reading a book I found tiresome. This is a lesson I keep telling myself to learn from but sadly I don’t, maybe this time I will.
The second thing I learned was I hated having a reading list! I want to read these books eventually and I had options but I found myself regretting the choices and wanting to read other books which I did and so did not complete the challenge in the allotted time. I think from now on I will avoid challenges and just choose whatever I want to read when I want because I really did not enjoy the challenge. I loved choosing the books but not feeling like I had to read them.
However, doing the challenge has taken a few books off my enormous TBR list, so it wasn’t all bad.
What does everyone think of reading challenges? Yes or No? I would love to hear your thoughts.
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend planned.
Today’s poem is by a new poet for me, Eve Merriam. Eve Merriam was an American poet and writer.
On the pad of my thumb
are whorls, whirls, wheels
in a unique design:
What a treasure to own!
My own flesh, my own feelings.
No other, however grand or base,
can ever contain the same.
thumbing the pages of my time.
My universe key,
I am myself,
of all my atom parts I am the sum.
And out of my blood and my brain
I make my own interior weather,
my own sun and rain.
Imprint my mark upon the world
whatever I shall become.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
About the author
Margaret Atwood born 18th November 1939 is a Canadian author, poet, essayist and literary critic. She has written numerous fiction and non-fiction books, books of poetry and children’s books. She has won the Giller Prize in Canada, Premio Mondello in Italy and the 2000 Booker Prize. She was also awarded the Asturias Prize for Literature in 2008.
The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire – neither Offred’s nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.
This has been on my TBR pile for a very long time and this summer I put it on my reading challenge to make sure I read it. Now please bare with me on this review because I think it might prove controversial.
I did enjoy the book and found the idea of it rather terrifying at times but I must admit for me it did not have the WOW factor. The main reason for this I think is the way it was written, at times I found it frustrating how it kept flitting from past to present all the time. I would have much rather had more of the present rather than the past because I found the bits from the past broke the narrative up for me. I understand why Atwood did this but for me it really did not work.
I enjoyed the story and the concept was good and well thought out but I just can not understand what all the hype is about. I was left underwhelmed and wondering if I had read the same book as everyone else. However I was left wanting to know more at the end of the book so I am very pleased that I have purchased the sequel and will be starting to read it now, I just hope it will be a better read.
I liked the characters but I would have liked more from them, I just could not connect with them and I just felt frustrated and wanting more. I must admit this book took me a long time to read because some days I just could not be bothered with it and for me that is never a good sign and why I only gave the book 3 out of 5 Dragons. The reason it did not get lower was because I was left wanting more. However I do not think I will be reading this book again.
WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.
The rules are answer the questions below and a share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you will read next?
What I am currently reading:-
Girl in Trouble by Stacy Claflin
On Monday I made the mistake of going to work without my book for my lunch break but thankfully I remembered I had a few books on my phone from Apple Books and started reading this. So far it is really good but I do wish it didn’t have so many chapters.
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
I really can not put this book down, I am really enjoying it and at this rate should be finished soon.
What I recently finished reading:-
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Just finished this and review will follow soon. I will be honest I did not enjoy it as much as I am enjoying The Testaments.
Classics: A Very Short Introduction by Mary Beard and John Henderson
Read as part of the preparatory work for my course, was an excellent introduction.
What I plan on reading next:-
I have a feeling a lot of my future reading will be course related but I am hoping to go for some fun stuff as well. I might read a Victorian classic next but I am not entirely sure.
Please drop me a link if you are also taking part in WWW Wednesday or want to chat about any of the books I have listed.
So far I have been getting quite a bit of reading done and it is only the 2nd October. Fingers crossed it continues.
The quote today is by Abraham Rosenbach who was a scholar and book seller based in Philadelphia.
“After love, book collecting is the most exhilarating sport of all.”
Abraham Rosenbach 1936.
Ok everyone, I admit September for me was a complete and utter right off. I only reviewed one book and hardly blogged at all. Going back to work and trying to finish my final assignment for my diploma all became too overwhelming and I hardly read anything at all. This probably added to my stress because reading helps me unwind but sadly my brain just could not take in the words I was reading. October I am hoping for much better.
Books or should I say book that I read.
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Total pages this year: 11651
6/9:- Brian Patten
20/9:- Robert Louis Stevenson
27/9:- Rachel Field
Mid Week Quote
4/9:- Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand
18/9:- Sima Qian
Down the TBR Hole #15
ABC Book Challenge: H
Anticipated Releases Book tag
So that is my September wrap up, as you can see rather disappointing. Fingers crossed for a better October!
Well the weather is starting to upset me, I want it to be summer again. I really dislike getting up in the morning and it is dark and coming home from work in the dark and when the clocks go back at the end of October it will be even worse.
So todays poem is about migrating birds. I must admit I am rather envious of the Wild Geese following the sun.
Something Told the Wild Geese
Something told the wild geese
It was time to go.
Though the fields lay golden
Something whispered, – ‘Snow.’
Leaves were green and stirring,
But beneath warm feathers
Something cautioned, – ‘Frost.’
All the sagging orchards
Steamed with amber spice,
But each wild breast stiffened
At remembered Ice.
Something told the wild geese
It was time to fly, –
Summer sun was on their wings,
Winter in their cry.