welcome to my March and April 2018 wrap up. March and April were crazy months because I had three essays to write and a dissertation proposal to put together. Nonetheless, I managed to read 8 things, and that is okay. I am now free of coursework, and only have my dissertation to write, so I will have more time to read, and I am so excited for it! Here are the things I read in these past two months:
- North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell. Compared to Cranford that I loved, Gaskell’s most famous novel fell flat for me. The main character Margaret was dull, Mr. Thornton elitist, and the plot was not exciting. I did, however, think that the political and social context of the novel was extremely interesting, which is why I gave it 3/5 stars.
- The Bands of Mourning, by Brandon Sanderson. As always, the Mistborn novels are glorious and just a pleasure to read. This book was even better than the previous two, with much more humor and action. I cannot wait to read the final installment in the series. It was a 5-stars read for me
- ‘The Eleventh Metal,’ and ‘Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania’, by Brandon Sanderson. While I enjoyed the first story (5 stars) because it put me in contact again with Kelsier, one of my favorite characters of all time, the second story I found boring and, honestly, a bit ridiculous. I still appreciated Sanderson’s writing and humor, which is why it still gained 3 stars from me.
- Salome, by Oscar Wilde. I love Wilde’s plays, and this did not disappoint. Even though short and disturbing, it was a pleasure to read. I gave it 4 stars.
- Unfolding the South, by Alison Chapman. I read this book for my dissertation, and it is an extremely interesting account of women expatriates in Italy in the 19th century.
- The Lost Stradivarius, by John Meade Falkner. This ghost-story I had to read for my class on Victorian Soundscapes, and I ended up writing my paper on it. It’s an interesting fin-de-siecle read that explores taboo topics in relation to the dubious nature of music. I gave it 3.5 stars.
- Hauntings and Other Fantastic Tales, by Vernon Lee. Another read for class, another fin-de-siecle read concerning the concept of the femme fatale. Some of the stories I liked more than others, but overall a solid 3 stars read.
These are all he books I read in March and April! Please let me know if you have read any of them and what you thought about them. I hope there will be more fantasy content in the next few months!
Until next time,