So apparently I read another 22 books this spring (which is exactly the same number of books I read in winter of 2018). I couldn’t have done better if I had planned.
Top Four of this Period
Four, not five? Just because.
(Every book read this spring was a new read – except for Inferno – so they [almost] all are counted.)
1) The Patrick Melrose series by Edward St. Aubyn
As soon as I saw the trailer for the television series coming out, I was hooked. I made sure to get my hands on all the books. They – the books and the show – definitely didn’t disappoint. The series is about a young man named Patrick Melrose who comes from a rich, snobbish English family. He was raped by his father when he was a child and is a complete mess when he is grown up. The series follows Patrick as he tries to move beyond the trauma of his past and to be a better father and husband to his own family. While there is some vulgarity in the series, overall, it is quite good. I appreciate the dry, sarcastic, and oftentimes dark humour of Edward St. Aubyn (I mean, I’ve always appreciated British humour, so is that really a surprise?). The series is very heartfelt, very real, and definitely made me feel things in a way that only the very best of books do.
If I had to pick a favourite out of the five books, I’d probably pick Bad News (the second) because it was the most fun to read. The first one was the hardest to read.
2) Lost for Words by Edward St. Aubyn
This guy is seriously my new favourite author. I love his writing style and wit. This one was about a committee of people who are supposed to choose the top books of the year. They all think they have excellent taste, but they actually really don’t. If you enjoy satire as much as I do, this one is your read.
I’m waiting for the library to give the rest of St. Aubyn’s books to me. They can’t come fast enough.
3) Dracula by Bram Stoker
This one shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who knows me well, either, because I have a love for Victorian (especially Victorian Gothic) literature and a guilty pleasure for vampire tales. I finally read the – certainly not original, because I’ve read one of the earlier vampire stories – but, (can we call it?) the definitive Vampire Story. It. Did. Not. Disappoint. I was a little worried that all I was going to get was a story about poor female victims, but when The Vampire-Hunting Team assembled, I was so ready for it. It’s just as good as The Scarlet Pimpernel (the first super-hero story ever).
4) Quincas Borba by Machado de Assis
I have continued on my Brazilian literature with my third read of Machado de Assis and I must say, the guy keeps getting better (I mean, not that I’m actually reading his books in order or anything). This one is a sequel to The Posthumous Memoirs and I definitely liked this one better.
To continue with the alphabet challenge, I have included the books I read in the winter as well to see how many letters of the alphabet I have covered without trying. (Basically, my idea is to just read whatever I want and when it gets to winter again near the end of the year, I’ll figure out what reading I have to do to get the other letters.) The ones in red are my reads from this spring.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; At Last; A Short History of Canada
Blood Sisters; Bird by Bird; Bad News
Cautionary Tales for Children; Commonplace (Christina Rossetti); Complete Stories, The (Clarice Lispector); Cinder
Death of a Salesman; Dracula
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The; God or Nothing
Helping Boys Succeed in School; How to Read a Book
If Were Villains; Inferno; “In the Beginning…” (Pope Benedict XVI)
Journey to Easter
Lord of the Flies; Leaves of Grass; (The) Last Apprentice; Lost for Words
Metamorphosis; Mother’s Milk; Money Manipulation and Social Order
Never Mind; Need to Know
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); (12) Rules for Life
Sad End of Policarpo Quaresma, The; Some Hope
Theater of Nelson Rodrigues, The; To Kill a Mockingbird
Write Voice, The
Four new letters, making eight more to go!