Sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while!! Life has been so hectic since I was on vacation and had to move in to my residence the day I came back that I haven’t had a whole time to blog let alone complete a single book apparently?? After having read 20+ books in August I’m lowkey crying over the fact that it’s already the 10th of September and I haven’t read anything. But I’m actually in the middle of four books right now so I decided to share my thoughts on them so far!
Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
Okay I’m honestly shook by how much I’m enjoying this. I’m not the biggest fan of short stories, let alone collections of short stories/poetry but I absolutely love Alice Munro’s writing. It is so subtle but so carefully crafted. The stories focus on how people have dealt with certain events or decisions in their life that ended up being so important to them and it’s just such a ride of emotion full of hope and tragedy and I’m loving every minute of it.
My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan
I actually started this back in May but I was kind of not enjoying the romance at all so I put it down for a while. It’s getting… better. The romance is more substantial but I’m still not a fan of the main character and the plot is just kind of really bland. I’m actually not even sure why I’m making myself push through this except for the fact that the main character is a Rhodes scholar which makes me actually want to study.
The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach
And another book that wasn’t what I expected it to be! I heard that it was about this boy in a hospital that falls in love with this girl but all I’ve read so far is just him recounting every patient in the hospital and what he’s found out about them. It hasn’t completely hooked me yet (probably because it’s written in a very young sounding voice) but also I’m only 70ish pages in so hopefully the more romancey aspects will start soon.
Confronting the Classics by Mary Beard
Man I love classics. This is such an easy jump back to subject I most love and adore and I think that’s why I’m enjoying it so much. However the format of this book isn’t really my cup of tea. It’s a collection of essays that aren’t so much informative as just the author responding to other people’s research and criticizing their conclusions. So interesting to read? Yes. Will I end up really enjoying it as a whole? Probably not.
Wow I now realize that maybe the reason I’ve been slumping is that I’m not reading anything that I’m absolutely loving right now. It’s not that I don’t like these books I just didn’t realize there were so many factors that have been slowing down my reading. The only one I’m loving is the Alice Munro collection but those are short stories and I can’t read those all in one go. But hey at least I love them so much I just bought two more of her collections that I will hopefully get to soon!!