I finished reading Lolita within a week and I’ve compiled my thoughts into a review. Tell me what you thought in the comments!

REVIEW: Lolita

CHARACTERS–––

I think a lot of people don’t pick up on the references to HH’s declining mental health and the evidence there is that his narration is extremely unreliable. Even at the beginning there is a reference to someone he “didn’t kill” – which makes me suspicious that he did in fact kill at least once – and the later chapters go over events with Lolita that feel very confessional: things he didn’t want to admit. The entire book is also written to be read after his and Lolita’s death. HH is manipulative about everything and this reach extends beyond his death. From his narration he doesn’t seem to understand the trauma he has inflicted upon Lolita but we don’t know what he actually feels because he presents a select part of himself for the reader. We don’t have unlimited access to his mind.

PLOT–––

In terms of plot, my only slight issue was how much the last couple of chapters dragged – but I understand why this choice was made. We get to see HH revisit his time with Lolita and some of the things he discusses makes the reader rethink his characterisation yet again. I certainly really began to realise that this character was controlling everything and his narration wasn’t supposed to be reliable in any way. I absolutely adored the poetical style of writing which was strange began I was disturbed by the actual content; I can see why a lot of readers are so split and either absolutely love it or absolutely hate it.

OVERALL–––

Overall, I’m giving Lolita a full 5* rating.

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I’m back with another weekly reading update! This is what I’ve been reading this week.

Weekly Novellique Reading Update #8

Neuromancer by William Gibson

[Amazon] I’m still reading Neuromancer – I don’t know why it’s taking me so long but I will finish it if it kills me. It isn’t even that I’m not enjoying it, because I am, but the writing style means I have to focus a lot on the words on the page and I think my focus has been off lately.

I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman

[Amazon] The first time I picked this up I think I wasn’t in the right headspace but I started reading it again last night and I’ve fallen in love. It’s nice to have a break from all the university reading I have – a simple, quick read with a lot of heart, discussing serious issues within fandom culture.

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I don’t usually celebrate release days because I’m always so behind on new releases, but in this case, I feel like I have to make a post!

Happy Release Day, Nyxia Unleashed!

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Nyxia by Scott Reintgen was one of the first Netgalley books I ever really loved. I found it during one of my mass requesting batches and I had no idea what to expect, but I loved the title and knew it was vaugely science fiction. What I found was an awesome book with a wide range of representation and a lot of discussion about capitalism, while having, obviously, a strong science fiction theme that was fun to read.

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Nyxia Unleashed is the second book in the Nyxia Triad and it is released into the world today, July 17th! I’m super excited about how the events of Nyxia are going to continue. Aliens? Heck yes, sign me up!

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I’ll be posting a full review once I’ve finished my eARC, but from what I’ve read already, I’m super enjoying the next book in this unique series. So, happy publication day Nyxia Unleashed! I look forward to reading you – and the final book in the triad, Nyxia Uprising, when it releases next year.

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It has been awhile since I made a monthly TBR post, so – here is everything I want to be reading during July!

July TBR

This month, I want to start reading the three books shown below.

 

  1. Queen of the Tearling
  2. Nyxia Unleashed
  3. House of Leaves

I also want to continue reading the two books shown below.

 

  1. The Art of Fiction
  2. Neuromancer

Stay tuned this month for my weekly reading updates, at end of the month to find out if I made it through these five!

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I’m returning to monthly wrap ups and to be read posts, so here is my monthly wrap up for June!

June Wrap Up

In June I read TWO books:

  1. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
  2. The Circle by Dave Eggers

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

[review] 4* – I loved Dick’s world building and the philosophical elements considering what makes us human, how empathy controls us and a vision of the future that doesn’t feel impossible. I found it a bit slow to get into, and a little slow to finish, but overall I rated it 4 stars for an entertaining and imaginative read.

The Circle by Dave Eggers

[review] 5* – Eggers creates an interesting discussion about the use of social media and both its limitations and its dangers. I found it super interesting and thought provoking and rated it 5 stars for it’s vision of the very near future with social media assuming ultimate control of the our society operates.


During June I’ve also been reading FOUR other books:

  1. The Art of Fiction by David Lodge
  2. Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
  3. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  4. Neuromancer by William Gibson

I’ll let you know what I thought of these in my July Wrap Up and their individual book review posts!

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Each week during the month of July I’m going to be writing a July Camp NaNoWriMo update. This is everything I got up to writing wise in week one!

Camp Nanowrimo: Week 1

DAY ZERO & DAY ONE

I started a day early by accident (I forgot June had 31 days, somehow) but decided it was a good thing because it means I can either aim to finish at least a day early, or I can bump up my word count. Across both days I managed to write about 2400 words! I was on holiday and discovered the place I was staying had no WiFi which basically meant I had no excuse not to write – and it worked!

words written today: ~2400 (over two days)

total written: 2400


DAY TWO

On this day I managed to write about 600 words, bringing me up to a new total of 3000 words. My specific word count for these few couple of days is estimations because again, I didn’t have WiFi to track it properly with the website but I’ve tried to record them as roughly as possible to show estimations of how much I wrote each day. Hint: it was a lot, for me.

words written today: ~1000

total written: ~3000


DAY THREE

words written today: ~1000

total written: ~4000


DAY FOUR

I think it was somewhere around day four that I really managed to churn words out and hit 1,500 for the day.

words written today: ~1500

total written: ~5500


DAY FIVE

I was continuing to do well with the writing, we spent a lot of time on the beach and I managed pretty consistently to write about 1,000 words a day (higher than the 800-ish the stats page predicts I would need to write a day in order to finish on time).

words written today: ~1000

total written: ~6500


DAY SIX

I was returning from holiday today so I wrote slightly less than the previous couple of days, but I managed to get a couple of hundred words out. It was super hot in the evening which put me off quite a lot.

words written today: ~700

total written: 7200


DAY SEVEN

I came back from holiday and down in London the heatwave was even more intense than where I was by the coast, so I didn’t write much because I spent most of the day lying on the sofa and complaining about the heat. Things picked up on day eight, but that will be included in next weeks update!

words written today: ~300

total written: 7534

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I recently finished reading The Circle – this is my review! Read on to find out what I thought of The Circle by Dave Eggers.

REVIEW: The Circle

In this review I’m going to be comparing a lot of it to the Netflix adaptation of The Circle, because  I watched this a few years ago before I even knew there was an original book it was based on.

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CHARACTERS–

Some parts of The Circle were infuriating, because Mae completely changes over the course of the book – but rather than seeing this as a problem or a fault, I saw this as the exact point of the novel. Mae allows The Circle to change her, fundamentally, because she begins to value her social media appearance more than her personal values. The Circle acts like a cautionary tale; social media is a great benefit but capitalism and total control can be catastrophic.

PLOT–

The plot of The Circle is quite unusual but I don’t want to be too specific about why because it ventures into spoilers territory. The ending was a twist but not in the usual way – most of The Circle’s film adaptation follows the book quite closely, but in the final couple of chapters the book and the film divert from one another. Although the film’s ending is much more satisfying, it is also more commercial and I think I prefer the book’s ending because it is chilling yet realistic.

OVERALL–

I’m giving The Circle a full 5* rating because it was a philosophical, introspective read that I thoroughly enjoyed! It made me reflect on how I use social media and how even people with the best of intentions can be corrupted by money and power. I would recommend this to anyone interested in the expansion of technology, social media and how our online and offline lives can interact.

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