We’re over a month into 2016 and I’m not quite on track with my reading goal! But I’m not worried because I have plenty of time to make up for it. I finished two books in January: Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, edited by Philip Pullman.
I loved Jane Eyre. It wasn’t what I was expecting at first, with all the exposition about Jane’s childhood, so it took about a third of the book before I really got into it. Jane’s inner monologue is so beautifully written, and the relationship between her and Rochester was very sweet and charming. I’m looking forward to watching some movie and TV adaptations.
I also finished Philip Pullman’s retelling of the Brother Grimm’s fairy tales, which I actually started reading last year. I had the book on my bedside table and on some nights would read a chapter, but it fell by the wayside and took me quite a while to get through them all! This was the first collection of Grimm tales I’ve read and I found them really entertaining. Fairy tales are such simple little things. They avoid all unnecessary descriptions, leaving just enough detail to tell the story and be done with it. If you want to gain a new appreciation for the art of storytelling, read the Brothers Grimm.
As for this month, I just finished reading The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. I’m a bit embarrassed because I should have read this book ages ago for work, but, well… the genre isn’t exactly my cup of tea and I put it off longer than I should have. BUT I’m happy to report that I thought the whole book was absolutely lovely! It’s such a sweet story filled with quirky, archetypal Midwestern characters, and who doesn’t love a book about books? Very meta.
I’m almost done with Beasts & Children by Amy Parker. I picked up a galley at Heartland Fall Forum and delved into it right away, but I found the subject matter so upsetting that, halfway through, I decided to hold off. But it really is superbly written and I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving it unread, so I’m pushing through!
The rest of February is sort of a question mark. I went to Anderson’s on Friday and bought A Little Life with plans to start in on it over the weekend—which I did. But now I’m realizing that I have a lot of reading to do for work this month, with sales conference coming up in March. As a result I’m not too sure I’ll have the time to dedicate myself to an absolutely heartbreaking 700-page novel, so unfortunately, Yanagihara may have to wait. Stay tuned for my February recap to find out what happens!
That’s all for now, my literary lovers!