Note: This post is a tongue-in-cheek explanation why I don’t have a long to-be-read list. I see a lot of people on my Goodreads feed have a to-be-read list as long as their arm. While I can only look in envy, I know that I cannot read over 20 books in one year. I don’t even know if I can complete my Goodreads reading challenge of 15 books. But we shall try. So, let’s get into it!
Recently, I have visited Goodreads, and a lot of my friends have joined the 2022 reading challenge. They have listed as much as 75 books for their to be read challenge. Holy guacamole. It made me yearn for the days when I was still able to read as many books in a year. Fast forward to this year–it is already a treat when I don’t read a journal article!
Also, I want to “curate” the books I read, which I split into two categories: books that I enjoy reading, and books that I can learn from. So far this year, I have read seven books out of fifteen that I truly enjoyed. And speaking of books, I have pruned my Goodreads 2022 bookstack. I have taken out four books–the first two I have to take out because I have stupidly deleted them from my Kindle library (and they’re pretty pricey books I have used as references for my term paper–sob!). Hopefully I can buy them again one day!
The next two, I’ve had difficulty connecting with the story. Don’t want to waste time on books I can’t connect with.
So, what have I read lately, and what am I reading lately? I am happy to share the three of them.
Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier-
“Last night, I dreamed I went to Manderley.” For people who have already read the book, this first line in the book would be very familiar. The line draws people in, invites them to get immersed in that haunting story. I wanted to read it ever since I saw it mentioned in one of my well-loved books. Reading the book introduced me to the sinister Mrs. Danvers, the dastardly Jack Favell, the second Mrs. de Winter whose first name is never mentioned, the distant and enigmatic Maxim, and the titular Rebecca, who in her death still has the ability to unnerve people.
Stories from Suffragette City, edited by M.J. Rose and Fiona Davis
While I loved the storylines, some parts of the short stories jarred me a bit. I felt that the writing style wasn’t true to the era or time period they were writing about. Maybe I am being unreasonable on this score. All the same, the stories are very delightful and insightful.
It also gives a nice thrill while reading about real people mentioned in the book, like Alva Belmont, aka. Consuelo Vanderbilt’s mother.
The Spy Who Loved: The Secrets and Lives of Christine Granville, by Claire Mulley
So far, so good. I’ve only got as far as Christine’s childhood, and a colourful one it is! I’ve yet to read more of the book.
Will keep everyone posted.
Since it is late at night right now, I am off to sleep. Stay safe and healthy, everyone! 🙂