Monday, 27 August 2012

A return to reading.

The title of this blog post does represent me a little bit. After trawling through text books and journal articles from anything about wh-movement to translations of Old English texts, it's nice to finally have graduated from university and have the leisure and pleasure to read anything I want.

Anyway, the title of this blog post actually represents this. I found this blog/picture collection the other day and immediately fell in love with it. It's such a tender moment capturing someone unawares reading a book, it seems like a little bit of their personality is hidden in each secretive shot. Also, since I've recently just returned from my holiday in New York, I feel like if I look hard enough, maybe I'll be in one of these shots!

Some of my recent reads:
Divergent - apparently it's the new teen book. It's set in a dystopian Chicago and has a Hunger Games style to it. Honestly, I didn't like it. Yes, I was hooked and read the whole thing so the pace was good, but I figured out the entire storyline before it happened (and trust me, I'm not usually one of those people!) and I just thought all the characters were undeveloped and so was the world in which they lived. The book frustrated me, it could have been so good, and I feel like if the writer had just redrafted it a few more times, it could have been amazing. I won't be reading the rest of the trilogy.

The Beautiful and the Damned - loved it! I love F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing style so much. It just oozes charm, sophistication and so much depth. The whole storyline is not too complicated yet the character relationships and situations are so true and poignant.

The Portrait of a Lady - to be honest, I'm trawling through this one. It's so slow. The writing is elegant and graceful, but dear me, the pace is slow. I think I've gotten used to faster-paced novels and have felt the gentle thud of this one as a bit of a shock. Never mind, I'll persevere.

Any book recommendations for me?


  1. I just found your blog & its lovely.

  2. I'm in search of some new good books myself! Thanks for the quick reviews of these. The Beautiful and the Damned sounds pretty interesting? I may have to look into it more!

    <3 Denise