Hello September! The summer is gone, and the school semester is already starting to pick up. I can see a timetable in my future, which is the only way I will be able to keep up with blogging.
August was an interesting month. Apart from the usual, I participated in my first Readathon, hosted by Rachel at a home between pages, and I joined the Classics Club. This month I’ll be participating in Atlantic’s 1book140. The book is La Brava by Elmore Leonard, who recently passed away.
I read Virginia Woolf and Justin Torres for the first time last month; To the Lighthouse by Woolf and We the Animals by Torres.
We the Animals is a coming of age story of three crazy brothers set in New York. The quick paced episodic narrative treads on the fine line between prose and poetry.
To The Lighthouse is told in Woolf’s infamous narrative style that flits from thought to thought and character to character. Woolf explores the subtle but complex psychological relationships of the Ramsay family and their guests.
I felt like I waited for ages for the third instalment of Barcelona series by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Prisoner of Heaven. This period drama reintroduces the characters from The Shadow of the Wind (which I loved) and The Angel’s Game (which was decent). When I got to the last page I remember thinking to myself, “Is that it?”.
Right now I’ve kicked it back to the 17th century with Miguel de Cervantes. I’m following the meanderings of the self-styled ‘knight errant’, Don Quixote, with his faithful steed, Rocinante, and his squire, Sancho Panza.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and don’t forget it’s only two more days until MaddAddam is released!
And if anyone knows of any upcoming Readalongs or Readathons please let me know!