I read quite a lot more than I expected to in March, thanks to a co worker lending me some short novels (after seeing me snoop through the collection at work :P). It was nice to spend a couple Sunday afternoons tucked away with tea and a book.
Love in a Blue Time by Hanif Kureishi: A really strange and somewhat disturbing book comprised of a collection of short stories detailing the different forms of love in difficult or strange situations. Despite how odd it was, I found it very moving and has resonated with me since.
Stone of Farewell by Tad Williams: The second book in the fantasy trilogy I started last month. Somewhat more enjoyable to read and easier to get lost in than the first one. I feel that I am committed now in wanting to know the outcome of Simon’s adventure, and will happily finish the series.
Canterbury Tales by Geofferey Chaucer: I wanted to read this after my visit to Canterbury, purely based on the relationship of it. However I wish I had done some background on what these stories actually contain before choosing to read because it’s filled with some pretty awful violent acts that we’re obviously in the time it was written seen as ok to commit. Anyway, I have read it, and will not have to repeat that experience ever again. I guess once of the rare cases where I do not appreciate a classic. The only thing I did enjoy was recognized some of the places mentioned from all my day trips.
The Sea by John Banville: An interesting tale of a summer event haunting a mans life into ruin, told in a non linear fashion, also somewhat disturbing but moving at the same time. Not sure what I took away from it though.
Queen of Tomorrow (Stolen Empire Series) by Sherry D. Ficklin: The second in the series about Catherine the Great as a teenager and her rise to power. Just as fun and enjoyable to follow as the first. A perfect book to read in one or two sittings curled up in a chair on a Sunday afternoon with the sunlight streaming through the window. I am enjoying the play on historical events in this dries and how sassy Catherine the Great is portrayed.
That is all for this months reading.
– xoxo Veronica