Okay so I mentioned in my last post that I planned to read various books over the summer and listed the ones that I had in mind. So far things haven’t gone exactly to plan with those but in light of the books I have read I feel a new post was necessary.
First of all I will get the ‘somewhat disappointing’ book out of the way- this is one that I had really loved when I started it but it became decreasingly enjoyable and more of a chore to read than a pleasure. Unfortunately George Orwell’s The Road To Wigan Pier, did not keep my attention as I expected and I am ashamed to say I couldn’t even finish it, which is something I never do! This book started off very raw and Orwell’s descriptions where so good that it kept me enthralled for the first half, but gradually he included more and more pages of statistics which ultimately resulted in all the emotion I once had for what he was saying to diminish and the picture he had painted disappeared entirely. I would say that my biggest reason for not finishing this book was that I didn’t want it to give put me off reading any other book by Orwell, and as The Road To Wigan Pier was the first book by him I had read I know how easily and quickly assumptions can be made. Although the book was disappointing, his writing was not so I look forward to the next book of his that I read.
But moving on, there is a book that surprised me and that was Abandoned by Anya Peters. Now this wasn’t on the list that I put on my ‘Bucket List’ post but I have been meaning to read it for months now after a friend recommended it so much I ended up borrowing it off her. T
his is one of those inspirational but heart breaking real life stories written by the person themselves. I won’t give too much away, but this book was probably the most thought provoking one i have ever read, and whilst it didn’t bring me to tears as very little does, it did bring out a reaction in me that was unexpected when I picked it up. Anya Peters has her own blog in fact, which was the very thing that saved her in the end, so I thought it was very apt to mention it on here and a link to her blog will be included below. I definitely recommend this book, its well written, inspirational, thought provoking and more than anything else an absolutely addictive read, one in which I finished in two days, baring in mind its about 400 pages long.
Anya Peters blog: http://wanderingscribe.blogspot.co.uk/
I have also managed to complete the first Discworld book, The Colour Of Magic and this took me a long time to get through, mainly due to other responsibilities, but also because I just found it to be a bit difficult to read. However, once finished I did realize that I enjoyed it, especially the characters Death and Rincewind! But I am now a bit worried that I plan to do my whole dissertation on this series of books, or some of the ones out of it. So I have about 5 others purchased and ready to read, and I have high hopes for now.
Finally I am slowly making my way through Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice which is good, and humorous but is again slow moving, and a bit difficult to read for long sessions. I do like where the plot is going, and being one of the lucky few that hasn’t seen the film I am still totally clueless about what is coming, which is always a bonus!
Evidently I have read very little off the list I made up, but I have recently had a massive haul of new books and have been some what led astray. . I am sure I will be back here soon with lots to stay about completely unexpected books again, it is just so easy to get carried away!! 🙂
In other news: I need to build a book shelf!!!