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I can’t believe it is already September! I’m moving back to university on the 3rd but thankfully I have a couple of weeks before I start proper lessons because I still have so much to read!

August Wrap Up

Finished Books

In August I finished three books:

  1. Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
  2. The Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen

Player Piano

I started out hating the book but very quickly actually started enjoying it! I didn’t realise this book is actually older than me – it was written in January 1999 and I wasn’t born until June 1999! This is especially impressive considering how relevant the book still is with it’s discussion of capitalism and machines replacing humans. I’m looking forward to studying Player Piano and getting to know it in greater depth.

The Queen Of The Tearling

This is a book I’ve owned for literally years and never got further than the first few pages. I was expecting it to be young adult fantasy, for some reason, but I think it technically is adult fantasy and one of the reasons I loved it so much was how many ‘darker’ issues about being a Queen it covered. It was the perfect ‘coming of age’ book because I’m now the same age as the protagonist and as I’ve begun to grow out of young adult, finding a protagonist my age is becoming increasingly difficult.

Other Reading Progress

I’m continuing to read The Arden of Faversham, Paradise Lost and Devil In A Blue Dress. I really will need to finish these in September, as well as House of Leaves and The Monk – neither of which I am looking forward to, if I’m being honest. I know I’ve read more than I did this time last year, but still, I keep working myself up about not reading enough. Arghh.

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This is my reading wrap up for the month of July – it’s a little late but I wanted to write a summary of what I’ve been reading in July because I’m not quite ready to write full reviews of my university reading until I’ve begun to study them. Read on to find out everything I was up to in July!

July Wrap Up

Finished Books

In July I finished three books:

  1. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  2. The Art of Fiction by David Lodge
  3. I was Born For This by Alice Oseman

Lolita 

I’ve never read a book I feel so conflicted about as Lolita. All reviews highlight how difficult the content matter is, and all reviews talk about how beautiful the writing is – but I feel like many synopsis’ exaggerate the supposed “love story”. Lolita is not, nor do I believe it is intended to be, a love story. It’s about a man who feels owed by the universe, a girl just trying to grow up, and the man, driven to desperate lengths to capture her.

The Art of Fiction

This is a great book looking at the ways classic texts have approached a variety of writing topics, from setting to irony, to naming characters and plot structures and allusions.

I Was Born For This

I am a huge fan of Alice Oseman anyway, so saying it is her best novel yet isn’t an exaggeration. I finished most of the book in one go and ended up sobbing at 3am. Totally worth it!

Other Reading Progress

During July I also started reading John Milton’s Paradise Lost, The Queen of The Tearling and Player Piano. These are all books I hope to finish during August, so I’ll write more about them once I’ve finished them – but keep an eye out for my weekly reading updates where I’ll also be talking about them.

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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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I haven’t done a monthly wrap up in what feels like forever, so here’s what I’ve been reading and posting in May.

May Wrap Up

I only managed to finish ONE book during may – this was because for the majority of May I was finishing university with exams and assessments taking up my time.

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I’ll be posting a full review for Gone Girl, but a short summary: it was a super quick and interesting read that kept me interested throughout and I’ll be looking at other Flynn books in the future.

However, in May I’ve also been reading my way through SIX other books.

In terms of blog posting, in May I’ve been posting about…

What books and blogging have you been enjoying in May? Let me know in the comments!


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