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Friday, 31 March 2017

WHAT I READ IN MARCH


I read 9 books this month which varied a lot. From childhood favourites to classics to contemporary to non-fiction. March pretty much had it all. I've tried to give each one a rating out of 5 to give an overall sense of how much I enjoyed reading it although I often find this quite a difficult thing to do. I've also linked all of the books in the title so that you don't have to spend too much time searching if one takes your fancy. I always love hearing about other people's favourite books and adding them to my 'to read' list so if you have any recommendations I would be forever grateful.

I had heard so many great things about this book that I felt convinced that I’d like it. Unfortunately I thought it was a bit of a let down. I found the plot quite frustrating as lots of things were left unexplained. I did however really enjoy the very visual writing style and loved the uneasy atmosphere. I wouldn’t be put off reading anything else he writes because of this, even if this particular story wasn’t for me.

Jane Eyre is such a beautiful novel. I don’t really know what I can say in such a short space that hasn’t been said before. It’s just beautiful. There’s definitely a slow bit towards the end but I love it in spite of this.

I had to read this for my American Literature module and enjoyed it much more than I was expecting to. It follows American soldiers in World War 1 and the disenchantment they felt upon joining the army. The plot isn’t particularly fast-paced or exciting but it does give an insight into the realities of war, which I found really interesting.

This is the first thing I’ve read by Angela Carter and I feel so excited to read everything else she’s ever written. I adore the way she writes. There is something beautifully cosy and classic about her style. The Magic Toyshop follows orphan Melanie who goes to live with her Aunt Margaret, who cannot speak, and Uncle Philip, a horrible man who owns a creepy toyshop. This is such a wonderful gothic novel and probably the best thing I read this month. 

I had to read this for my Medieval Literature module and, whilst it wasn’t completely horrendous, it isn’t something I would read of my own accord. Basically an English Knight travels around the world telling readers about the places he visits in a very muddled and confused way, usually focusing on what each place has to do with the bible. I can’t imagine it’s really many people’s cup of tea.

I quite enjoyed but didn’t love this play by T.S. Eliot. It’s written in verse and the language is absolutely beautiful, especially when read aloud. The story takes place one evening at a mother’s birthday party at a manor house in the north of England and examines the family’s relationships. I imagine that if some of it hadn’t gone completely over my head I would have enjoyed it even more.

I read this when I was much younger and loved it. I found out recently that Philip Pullman is releasing a new trilogy called The Book of Dust, which overlaps with His Dark Materials. It reminded me of how much I enjoyed the story and made me want to re-read it before the first book in his new trilogy came out. It’s one of those children’s books that you find a lot more meaning in once you read it again as an adult.

I read The Wonder by Emma Donoghue last month and really enjoyed it so I thought I’d try another this month. Room is told from the perspective of 5 year old Jack. He lives in a single room with his Mum, who has been held captive there for seven years. When I first heard the storyline I thought it would be a bit gimmicky, particularly from the child’s perspective. However, I think Emma Donoghue did an excellent job in writing it. I’m not exactly sure how she managed to avoid it being completely obnoxious but somehow she did. This was a really quick read and I’m now looking forward to watching the film, which I’ve spotted on Amazon Prime.

This was the only non-fiction book I read this month and I really enjoyed it. If you follow me on Instagram or saw my previous blogpost you’ll know that I recently went to Copenhagen so I found this a really interesting read. Helen Russell writes about her experience of living in rural Denmark and what she thinks it is that makes them the happiest nation. The chapter is split up into the twelve months of the year with each month focusing on a different topic including hygge, Christmas and taxation. I found the incredibly different way of living in Denmark fascinating and I bored my family with lots of facts whilst I was reading it.  


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  1. All these books sound brilliant! I love reading, I need to do it more this summer! I have a list at the moment, I just need to find the time!

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  2. Wow I wish I could read this many books in a month! That TS Elliot one sounds like a good read!

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    1. I never used to, I just sort of turned it into a habit and now I start to feel strange if I haven't read something that day! Yes, it was so beautifully written (and also quite pretty to look at!) xx

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