This month I had a plan to read more. While I’ve always loved reading there’s always a period there of a few months that I go without reading a single book. This mostly occurred because of school and I had books that I had to read which took me most of the school semesters to complete, thus I had little time to read the books I wanted to.
And even after I graduated I found myself not reading as much as I would have liked, and so I started planning for each month what books I would be reading.Thankfully there is no shortage of books to read in my house and I have several to get through before I need to buy more-or I should probably get a library card (but it’s not the same if you don’t own the book right?)
For May I planned to read five books, it turned into only four books and overlapped with the first week of June, but nonetheless I loved reading each of them.
If you follow me on Instagram you already know what I’ve been reading, however if you don’t here is the list…
Number one…The Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth
And I already did a review on this book which can be found here, so you can go check that out.
Number two…The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
I can’t say there is anything else like this book. It was unique, it was disturbing, but nonetheless it was honest. And as far as cliffhanger endings go, I was ok with this one. For some reason the ending suits the book perfectly and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
As for the characters, even the main character Offred, you couldn’t hate her; you couldn’t even dislike the Commander. Some of the things they did, some of the things they said, you could obviously disagree with and be angry at, but this was the world they were given. They had to survive anyway they could, they had to all be a certain way and that means doing things that went against even your own morals and for that you understood them.
The only thing I’m waiting on now is for my sister to read the book so we can watch the recorded episodes together.
Number three…The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
There are some disagreements over this memoir, but again it was honest like the Handmaid’s Tale. And because of this truthfulness that Jeannette Walls was willing to put into this book it makes it all the more real, all the more believable. What I mean is: if this book had been written as a piece of fiction, not as a memoir, not as a book that told an individual’s story-it would not be as popular. It would not have the same impact because in the back of our minds (even if we knew what was happening could be real) we would know it was only make-believe.
This honesty carries a weight, it carries a meaning, it carries a depth that I couldn’t shy away from.
I’ll admit it was slow getting into it, the first 80-90 pages I had trouble reading more than a few pages at a time, but once past that I couldn’t put it down. I had become determined to see it through to the end if only to know how deep Walls’ had gone into her story to reveal her own personal theme.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say I am fascinated by other’s stories, other’s lives. For someone who struggles with worrying about sharing too much, I do find that listening or reading other’s journeys and experiences gives me hope. I know that I didn’t share my stories for a long time, and I know that others have been there too, and if I learned one thing from shutting everyone out, it’s that my stories need to be heard-everyone’s stories deserve to be heard.
The Glass Castle will also be coming to the big screen on August 11th, and I will most definitely be there to see the adaption.
Number four…1984 by George Orwell
I’ve wanted to read this book for a while because I’ve heard so many good comments about it. How real the story is, how applicable it is even in today’s world…therefore it made the reading list this month.
This was so worth the read because you could understand to a certain extent where both sides were coming from and what each wanted. The main character Winston Smith is considered a good guy, and yet in his world he is seen as a criminal. While this book hardy has an ending you expect (and yet at the same time you see it coming) it takes the dichotomy of good and evil and spins it on its head. Not one character is good or evil, they say things you agree with, and they say things you don’t, but that’s what makes the story interesting.
1984, as I have come to realize, also holds my favourite line: “Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as understood.”
I have always loved reading, and have been thankful to get back to it this past month and will continue to read more and more books and share them with you.