Recent Reads Aug-Oct 2018
It’s time, in fact, I’m overdue to share what I’ve been reading over the last few months.
You can see the previous Recent Reads post here.
Books I have read since August
- The Geography of Witchcraft by Montague Summers. A book I read for research purposes. It details evidence of “witchcraft” in places around the world. I didn’t read this cover to cover, more zeroed in on the bits that interested me.
- The Complete Art of Witchcraft by Sybil Leek. Another research read, I skim read most of this one as it was rather repetitive.
- The Martian by Andy Weir. I loved this book so much! I made me want to watch the film again. I’m a big fan of diary style books. It’s also rather nice to know that this book was self-published and sold 35,000 copies in three months on Amazon. At which point the rights were bought and it was republished the traditional way.
- The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. I was recommended this book by someone from one of the writing courses I’ve done. They suggested it because much of it is in the Stream of Consciousness style. I managed the first two chapters (there are four) but I moved on from it without finishing. I found it impenetrable in parts but also didn’t warm to any of the characters. Have you read this one? I’d be interested to know what you thought?
- The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut. Another one suggested to me, and a sci-fi classic. This is decades old but still seems so futuristic and relevant. I’d recommend it if you love the sci-fi genre.
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. A classic that is the first Plath I’ve ever read. I loved it. I can see myself going back to this at some point for a reread. Another that still feels relevant today but for different reasons.
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. This is written in a very distinctive style that, to be honest, took me a while to get used to. I almost gave up. But I’m glad I didn’t. It’s set in America in the days of slaves and plantations. It’s a visceral but hopeful read.
The Power by Naomi Alderman– I’m loving this so much! I think this will be in my top five reads of 2018. Have you read it yet?
The fabulous @poppylovesbookclub is reading The Power this month too. They are hosting a chat towards the end of the month online which I’ll be joining.
What are you reading right now?