📚 Bookish recap 📚
I did not keep track of my reading challenge this month so I was thrilled when I realized I had read 7 books. I mean, two months ago, I had trouble going through two books so there’s huge improvement!
Digging To America, Anne Tyler: 4/5 Reviewed here
Too Many Cooks / Champagne for One, Rex Stout: 3/5
I love mysteries. Yet, if you take a look at my shelves, it wouldn’t really show. Before reading this, I associated mysteries with the scent of old books and a certain rigidity. (Bear with me, it had been ages since I’d give this genre a try!) You won’t find rigidity in those novels. Instead, you’ll be acquainted with well-written characters and dry humor.
Bonus: I was thrilled to have discovered who was the culprit before the end of Too Many Cooks.
2084, Boualem Sansal: 2/5
I already hinted in my TWIB that I was disappointed in this book. I am still working on the review, it might take another couple of days for me to figure out how to write it.
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury: 4/5
I understand why everyone kept recommending it. Turning the firemen’s work into the complete opposite was a brilliant idea, but I could not stand the thought of all those books being burnt 😦 poor babies. It took me a little while to be completely hooked but once plunged into Bradbury’s world, I could not put the book away.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K Rowling: 5/5
Does it need any comment? 🙂
Back When We Were Grownups, Anne Tyler: 3/5
Back When We Were Grownups has all the key elements I liked in Digging To America; the hustle bustle of a big family, a tendency to throw too many parties, and the general down-to-Earth tone, all of it written in a efficient way. However, something was lacking. I could not get attached to the characters the way I got attached to the families of Digging to America. The midlife crisis of a 50 year-old stepmother was an okay read but nothing memorable.
Only Ever Yours, Louise O’Neill: 4/5
I did not enjoy it. Who could? There is nothing enjoyable in a world where girls are bred and trained to please men. The competition to be the perfect woman was unbearable. I hoped many times for Frieda to find a way to escape her fate. I think it could have been a bit shorter, nothing much happened in certain chapters and the same issues came up many times. It was an intense and disturbing read, but so well-written I couldn’t put it down.
Goodreads reading challenge: so far, I manage to read 13books out of 30. I will probably reach my goal before summer, that’s very good news!
🎬 Screen Recap 🎬
Is a watching slump a thing? I have neglected TV shows and movies again. The only new thing I’ve watched was the season premiere of X Files. In French. Yikes. It’s getting harder every day to watch anything dubbed. I don’t get why they change/cut so much dialogue.
📅 March to-do list 📅
- Reviews. Reviews. Reviews. Gotta work on reviews.
Many books were supposed to be reviewed but every time I finished one I was too excited about the next so I kept putting reviews off. It was good for my reading challenge, but not for my language progress.
I hereby declare reviews a priority for the month to come!