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Reads of Winter 2018

I haven’t really felt like writing a full-length review yet, but I thought it would be good to do a post about the books I’ve read so far this year – and show y’all how I’m absolutely not on track with the challenges I was thinking of taking up this year (I really don’t know why I thought I would since once I announce I’m going to read a book, my brain just does not want to). What better time to stop and look over the books I’ve read than just at the beginning of spring!

First, I’ve read 22 out of the 60 books I wanted to. I’m absolutely ecstatic. I’m back on track with reading like I wanted to be – reading lots!!!

Top Five (ish) of This Month

(Side Note: These are all new reads for me.)

4) Plath: Poems

It took me a while to get into Sylvia Plath’s work, which made me dislike it at first. However, once I read her Wikipedia biography, the light bulb suddenly popped up. Once I had made that personal connection, everything suddenly made a lot more sense. I still struggled with Plath’s poetry, but I felt like I got to know her, if only just a little. Her poetry will certainly take a lot more studying in depth to understand it properly.

3) Reforming Education by Mortimer Adler

This is my favourite nonfiction book I’ve read in a long time. Adler started on a note that I knew I was going to agree with – classical eduation – but then ended up flipping things that I had taken for granted in education on their heads. This book really made me rethink my approach to education as well as solidify earlier opinions I had held.

2) The Theater of Nelson Rodrigues, vol 1

I only snagged the first volume from the university library, but umm. Definitely a new favourite. I don’t even know how to describe Rodrigues’ plays properly – they’re witty and engaging and humorous and very very thought-provoking. Guess I found my second favourite playwright!

1) If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

I absolutely adored this book. I think it’s because it reminded me of The Secret History by Donna Tartt… with Shakespeare added into the mix. It’s got to to do with human depravity and its consequences, which is only my favourite thing for a book ever (which reminds me, I need to read more Dostoevsky).

Honourary Mentions: I also really enjoyed Blood Sisters by Jane Corry, (a book I won from a Goodreads giveaway – my first, actually), The Privilege of Being a Woman by Alice von Hildebrand, and Lord of the Flies by William Golding.  I also liked (and struggled very heartily) with Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset.

Challenges

In addition to the Goodreads (number of books) challenge, I thought it would be fun to see how many letters of the alphabet I could cover with the books I read this year. Let’s see, shall we…

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Blood Sisters

Cautionary Tales for Children; Commonplace (Christina Rossetti); Complete Stories, The (Clarice Lispector)

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The

Helping Boys Succeed in School

If Were Villains

Journey to Easter

Kristin Lavransdatter

Lord of the Flies

Plath: Poems; Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins; Princess Saves Herself in this One, The; Privilege of Being a Woman, The; Promoting Reading for Pleasure in the Primary School

Reforming Education, Resurrection (Machado de Assiss)

Sad End of Policarpo Quaresma, The

Theater of Nelson Rodrigues, The; To Kill a Mockingbird

Write Voice, The

Fourteen letters! Not bad, eh? Looks like I don’t need to read any more books starting with the letter P. 😉

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