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On Wednesday I arrived back in England after exploring Europe for five weeks. During this time, I had to take some long train journeys…which meant READING TIME. YASSSSSS reading time.
I read 10 books in 5 weeks… I don’t know if this is good or not hahaha. So without further ado, this is the list of the books I read.
At the beginning of the year I decided to set myself a reading challenge and if you have been reading my blog for a long time now, you know the ultimate number changed a few times...50/75/115/100… you get the idea.
A few posts of mine about the reading challenge-
As you know, we don’t have very long left of 2016 and I am starting to panic a little bit because I have only read 88 books this year. That means that I still have to read 12 more books to reach my goal of 100 books read in 2016.
I need your help…please motivate me in the comments below with book suggestions/ books you have loved this year etc. JUST PLEASE MOTIVATE ME!! I REALLY WANT TO ACHIEVE MY GOAL.
53 OUT OF 115 (46% complete)
1. An overhyped classic you really didn’t like? I am going to have to say Gulliver’s Travels by Johnathan Swift, I had to read it last year and I just could not read it. I TRIED, I really tried.
2. Favourite time period to read about? Now this is hard, can I not just say all of them? The Victorian period is definitely one of my all time favourites to read about. Charles Dickens, ahh Charles…your work has truly influenced me so much. Then, there is the 1920, oh the wonderful jazz age, excess and The American Dream. Fitzgerald, I could read his writing over and over again, give my The Great Gatsby any day and I will devour it. I just love the radical representation of women.
3. Favourite fairy-tale- I adore looking at fairy-tales, especially on my degree because all the hidden sexuality really fascinates me. Enough that I am probably going to do my dissertation on the sexuality within children’s literature. I would have to say my ultimate favourite is either Peter Pan or Little Red Riding Hood.
4. What is the classic you’re most embarrassed about having not read- Animal Farm by George Orwell, how am I 20 and not read it yet. As an English Literature student I am disgusted in myself.
5. Top 5 classics you would like to read 1. Animal Farm by George Orwell. 2. East of Eden by John Steinbeck. 3. A tale of two cities by Charles Dickens. 4. Anne Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. 5. Far from the Maddling Crowd by Thomas Hardy.
6. Favourite modern book/series based on a classic – Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding which is based on Pride and Prejudice. As a child, I always watched classics like Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre with my nan, so they have really influenced my reading preferences.
Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding (Pride and Prejudice)
7. Favourite movie version/tv-series based on a classic – Pretty much any BBC adaptation of a classic, for example the BBC adaptation of North and South. That is the first one that comes to mind, due to the fact I recently studied the novel for my degree. I love me some Gaskell.
8. Worst classic to movie adaptation I really cannot think of one right now, tell me yours and we can discuss it.
9. Favourite edition(s) you’d like to collect more classics from 1.The Penguin Classics are always lovely to look and I have many on my bookshelf. 2. Barnes and Noble Leather bound Classics collection. Forget diamonds, I want all of them. Love me? Buy me a classics book all the way.
10. An underhyped classic you’d recommend to everyone- I don’t know if it is an under-hyped classic but every time I go on a fan-girl rant about it , no one knows what I am going on about. Do I need to get new friends? But…100% EVERYONE needs to read On The Road By Jack Kerouac. OH, the writing is beautiful.
Hey guy, I need your help. I only have two more exams and then I am done for summer. YAAAAYY SUMMER, oh wait I live in England – which means that there won’t be much sun. So, when exams are done and I am not busy working or exploring Bristol with my flatmate, I want to be devouring books.
I want to read, read and read more.
I also keep making my reading challenge on Goodreads higher and higher. So, originally I set it at 50 books for 2016 and then I put it up to 1oo and now currently it is set at 115.
DRUM ROLL PLEASE – SO FAR IN 2016 – I HAVE READ 46 BOOKS. Is that good or bad?
I also keep being naughty and not sticking to my 2016 reading list, I just can’t help guys. I see books and fall in love…okay?
So this is where you guys come in, what shall I read next? Either out of the books, I have shown below or suggest some. I ALWAYS love to hear from you. Have you read any of the ones in the pictures or want to?
Thank you to Matthew Selwyn for sending me this to review…
Reality is overrated. Sex, love, power, life: it’s gone digital. Why settle for a girlfriend with cellulite? Why spend every day working a dead-end job? These are the new days, the infinite days: plug in, get connected. Life is porn, porn is life, don’t accept anything less than the electric light show that is our digital reality. At the end of every computer screen, a mind is being formed on the material coughed up by the web that connects us all: this is the story of one of the internet’s children, told from his own warped perspective. This is the millennial generation, the Y generation: we’re horny, lonely, afraid, and self-confident. This is our story, our reality. Thrillingly inventive and powerfully engaging, ****: The Anatomy of Melancholy is a timely examination of life and masculinity in the digital age, a study of loneliness and mental decay, and a satire on the consumption of literature of disaffection. Brutally honest and darkly comic, it is a very modern novel about a very modern life.
First things first; this book is extraordinary and nothing like anything I have ever read before. This book does not have any chapters…oh yeah, you heard me right…no chapters. Interestingly enough, this adds to the narrative tone being informal and colloquial.
The protagonist in the story was bizarre to say the least, I really wanted to despise him because of all the violence and anger but in a way I could not. I had sympathy for him, I wanted to help him.I love how honest this book was, the reason I felt sympathy towards the protagonist is because the book struck chords in my heart and it spoke directly to me. As the narrative progressed, so did my awareness of the protagonist’s pain.
The format of this book was very fragmented, which kept me sat on the edge of my seat reading this. I was eager to know where the narrative was going; I love it when authors cleverly lead the reader on a journey, especially when it is a shocking and unexpected one. This book did just that and wow! Wow…I loved it. The fragmentation of narrative adds to the shocking nature of the book.
If you want to go on a journey that will open your eye and force to look at the modern society, then go and read this.
This book was a real eye-opener, it made me reflect upon my own life and how society has changed drastically. I feel like I will read this book again, it is short, so it gives you that accomplished feeling quickly that comes hand in hand with finishing a book. It is also a really interesting read, that I feel will become more and more captivating the more time i dedicate to it.
To conclude, I loved this book. The writing was unique and insightful and I loved how he made me feel soo many different emotions at once; I wanted to hit and hug and protagonist at the same time. The words on the page demanded deep and thoughtful reflection, which I was happy to obey to.
This book won’t be for everyone and I will warn you, that it is very violent and sexual, so read with caution.
Quotes – “A smile is just the contortion of a face”
Matthew Selwyn is a young writer from London, England. His debut novel, ****: The Anatomy of Melancholy was released in 2014. A student and librarian, he is often to be found hiding amongst the stacks in the Victorian library where he works, surrounded by piles of books.
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I have a lot of respect for him, it is amazing that wrote this while being a student.