Wrap Up: May and June 2018

Hello Everyone,

Here we are with another Wrap-Up. In these past two months I have finished all of my coursework for my master’s degree, and completed a first draft of my dissertation. I have been working so much, however, between the end of classes and starting my dissertation I did take a small break in which I read a couple of books, and I wanted to share them with you, so here we go!

  • 41kUPvqlguLThe Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings), by J. R. R. Tolkien. When I finished all my coursework, I realized I was craving to read some Tolkien. I had not read this in years, since high school, and it was so good to read it in English. Even though at times slow, this one is a classic that will always remain a nostalgic read for me. 4/5 stars.
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight, by Sarah J. Maas. Actually, I did not really understand the purpose of this novella. One element that many seem to despise, the fact that nothing happens except for shopping and drinking and walking, was actually the only element I can condone of this novella. At times I found it problematic and inconsistent with the rest of the series, however, I gave it 2/5 stars out of nostalgia.
  • Mistborn: A Secret History, by Brandon Sanderson. 220px-Mistborn_SecretHistoryThis one was SO glorious. I cannot even start to explain how good this was, and I am so happy it exists. If you have read the original Mistborn trilogy, do yourself a favor and read this one. 5/5 stars and I won’t say more.
  • Poems Before Congress, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. This is EBB’s last collection of poems, which happen to be very political and relevant to the Italian Risorgimento. I read this for my dissertation, and being the author’s least discussed collection of poems, it is definitely worth reading. 4/5 stars.
  • Agnes Tremorne v.1, v.2, by Isa Blagden. This novel is not out of print, and so rare to find. First published in 1861, this book recounts the story of two artists and how their lives intertwine in 19th century Rome. I really enjoyed it, and gave it 4/5 stars.

These are the few things I read recently, and I will come back with a July Wrap Up soon, because I am going home for a couple of weeks and hopefully I will be able to get some more reading done.

Until next time,

Keky

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