The first month of the year has past and I’m pretty proud of the pace that I’m keeping. I read 6 books in January, and I’ve started two books. I also started the new year by donating seven books to charity: mostly because I needed more space on my shelves but also because I know I won’t read those again. Hopefully someone else will enjoy them more! January has also been busy here in my blog. I participated in the Bout of Books 9.0 read-a-thon from Jan 6th to 12th and finished two books during that week. My progress can be read from these posts: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Another event that I took part in was the Jazz Age January for which I read Evelyn Waugh. I still haven’t watched the BBC adaptation, though.
In January I read:
- Katoamispiste by Joel Haahtela
- The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
- Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
- Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
- A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
- Tove Jansson: Life, Art, Words by Boel Westin
One of my New Years Resolutions was to blog at least three reviews a month, but it seems that the more I read, the more I want to share my opinions and thoughts on books. This month the only book that I didn’t blog about was Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Not that I didn’t like it – I’d say it was 3.5/5 – but I just couldn’t articulate what went through my mind whilst reading that play. Let me just say that it challenges you to think about women and their role in a relationship.
In February I hope to read:
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (currently reading)
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (currently reading)
- The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
- Missä kuljimme kerran by Kjell Westö
- On Beauty by Zadie Smith
At the moment my main plan is to finish the books that I checked out from the library before they are due back (that’s Feb 17th). After that I’ll just go based on my mood for reading. For the last week I’ve been struggling with school work, and making myself precise lists on what to read just feels like piling on more stress. In the end, reading is supposed to be a fun activity. However, I’m feeling intrigued by On Beauty which I hauled back in December. Hopefully I’ll get around to reading it this month.