Classics Club Challenge: 3/100
PopSugar Challenge: a book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover (since mine has Lolita’s dangling feet in socks and shoes)
Time period: 20th century
Rating: 4 stars
Warning flag: 2 flags for very sensitive and gross subject material
Hey all! I wanted to start getting on top of the Classics Club posts, so I’ll be posting reviews for the latest two books I read pretty quickly. Here is the first of the two.
Did you know that Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker were friends and actually influenced each other’s work? I didn’t know until this book!
I discovered so many amazing books this past year, including a new favourite novelist (Edward St. Aubyn) and playwright (Nelson Rodrigues). I’m not going to go much further into depth since I talked about almost all of these books in my seasonal check-in posts – look to my blog for those. In sum, I am looking forward to all the books I’m going to read next year!
P.S. Alice in Wonderland is the only book on this list I had already read – an old favourite.
I forgot to mention on my update-on-reading challenge that I had challenged myself to improve my photo taking and make my instagram a bookstagram. While my phone photo taking is still not great, I have been attempting to keep a bookstagram, so I thought I’d share a couple pictures I took that aren’t too shabby.
Man, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. My deepest apologies. I’ve got another Anna Rant on the back burner, I promise.
Anyway, on to it.
Top Four of This Period (in no particular order this time)
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
This book was just as incredible, although maybe not quite as good, as The Secret History. Donna Tartt’s writing in this book is just stunning. At times, I felt as if though I were studying a painting rather than reading a book because her description is so vivid – which is quite appropriate for a book that revolves around a painting. This novel is also very character-driven, which I absolutely adore.
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.)
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!!!
Before anyone thinks that this is a list of books from 2017 that I liked – stop right there. I don’t read many new books. Ergo, the title is “My Favourite Reads of 2017” not “My Favourite Books of 2017.” See?? Alright, we can continue.
I definitely didn’t read as many books as I am usually prone to doing, but that means I can just move on up from here and read more next year!
Without further ado, here is my top ten list (the ordering could probably be shifted around a bit as always).