So autumn is well and truly here, I can currently hear fireworks from a neighbouring house so of course it must be October (it appears to be a competition in my area as to who can get in there first!). I don’t know what it is about the nights drawing in and the temperature dropping but it seems to make the book loving nation instantly want to curl up on the sofa with a good book. I certainly realised last June why students usually have the summer off; I found it impossible to study whilst the sun was shining outside, I won’t be making that mistake again. Right now though it seems there is nothing better to do than make myself comfortable and study literature to my heart’s content (well that’s what I tell myself!).
Anyway the point of my random rambling is that I feel much more inclined to not only study 16th and 17th century plays, but to also read a book from the BBC’s Top 100 list. The library has provided once again, and the first book available is Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. I’m going to make a start on this book at the weekend, it’s quite hefty at 660 pages though so it might take a while, especially with an impending assignment on John Webster’s play The Duchess of Malfi, which is actually really good (I wasn’t as keen on Othello), to be started. I know nothing about The Secret History, which is refreshing and I’m looking forward to delving into a new author and storyline, let’s hope it’s as intriguing as the title!
I’ll update you on my initial thoughts and impressions of the book soon so stay tuned…