Yes I am still alive, well just about after studying a degree full time whilst working a 40 hour week. I have had a busy year, achieving high marks in my first year courses, attempting to write assignments on my iPad as my laptop committed suicide and reading only one book, Hard Times by Charles Dickens. You don’t want to know what I thought of that one. The year has flown by, and now I’m about to embark on my third degree module which thankfully is all about the books. And the plays, can’t forget Shakespeare.
So as I settle down for the long winter nights with my iPad and Othello for company, I can’t help but think about what it was like in the good ole’ days when I used to read for fun and write about it for fun. Although remembering the hell that was Jack Kerouac, it wasn’t always so fun. So in an attempt to keep my sanity I’m going to try to read some books that aren’t on my reading list, and let you lovely people know what I thought of them. You know, continue what I originally set out to do nearly 4 years ago and hopefully not give up after 2 weeks. I seem to have gotten the discipline thing down now (she says as she purposefully ignores Othello next to her), although I will always be a procrastinator, it’s in my blood. I may even treat you all to reviews on the books I am forced to read as well, wouldn’t that be fun?
So the first order of business is what to read from the list? Now I think I should ease myself in gently, perhaps not a 700+ page book straight away. So on that basis, I’ll skip Bleak House, Ullysses and Woman in White for now which leaves the following to choose from:
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
Which do you think I should go for? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
It feels good to be back!