October Wrap Up & November TBR (Including AYearAThon)

Throughout October I didn’t do that much reading sadly, but I participated in the AYearAThon and posted about it here.

So for the readathon I read part of Northern Lights, some individual poems, an extract, and an article. For the rest of the month I read:

  • Some extracts from Personal Narrative of Travels of the New Continent During the Years 1799-1804 by Alexander Von Humboldt
  • Part of Findings by Kathleen Jamie
  • Part of Travels in Alaska by John Muir
  • Part of At the Yeoman’s House by Ronald Blythe
  • Part of The Maine Woods by Henry David Thoreau

I’m disappointed that I only read parts of books and didn’t actually finish any books, but hopefully, November will be my reading comeback!

Because I’m writing this on the 5th of November I’ve already read the poems by Robinson Jeffers, Gary Snider, and Judith Wright that I needed to read for class, then the November AYearAThon is the 6th to the 12th (with details here) and so I’m planning to read:

  • The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane
  • H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
  • A Sand County Almanac: With Other Essays on Conservation by Leopold Aldo
  • The Peregrine by J.A. Baker

Then for the rest of the month would like to read:

  • The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey
  • “From Practitioner to Practitioner-Researcher” by Robin Nelson
  • “Creative Writing as a Research Method” by Jon Cook
  • The Last Canyon by John Vernon
  • Dart by Alice Oswald
  • The Luminous Coast by Jules N. Pretty
  • Beechcombings: The Narratives of Trees by Richard Mabey
  • Nature Cure by Richard Mabey
  • Eating Dirt by Charlotte Gill
  • Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

I’ll be doing an AYearAThon wrap-up at the end of the week and then a November wrap-up at the end of the month so see you then, and comment if you’ve read any of these books or are also planning to!

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Yearathon Wrap Up (+ Altered October TBR)

I sadly didn’t have a very productive October Yearathon as I have been ill with freshers flu but uni is now underway and so I did get a little reading done.

Firstly I just read 1 chapter of Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, which I’m really enjoying but am getting through really slowly. I have read this book before but only vaguely remember it.

Then there were some changes in the reading for one of my university modules so I read some things which weren’t in my Yearathon TBR but that I needed to read this week:

  • “Nutting” by William Wordsworth
  • “Kubla Khan: Or a Vision in a Dream. A Fragment” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • “Darkness” by Lord Byron
  • “I am” by John Clare
  • An extract from A Defence of Poetry by Percy Shelley
  • An article about the ethics of zoos

So I didn’t read very much as the first four are just individual poems and then the extract and article were small, but hopefully, I’ll be reading more in next month’s Yearathon.

Due to the changes in my course reading my TBR for October as a whole has changed quite a bit too and so my new list is:

  • Extracts from Personal Narrative of Travels of the New Continent During the Years 1799-1804 by Alexander Von Humboldt
  • “The Trouble With Wilderness: Getting Back to the Wrong Nature” by William Cronon
  • Findings by Kathleen Jamie
  • Travels in Alaska by John Muir
  • Extracts from Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees by Roger Deakin
  • Extracts from Notes From Walnut Tree Farm by Roger Deakin, Alison Hastie, and Terence Blacker
  • At the Yeoman’s House by Ronald Blythe
  • The Maine Woods by Henry David Thoreau
  • Some poems by Robinson Jeffers, Gary Snider, and Judith Wright
  • Extracts of The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane
  • H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
  • Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Thanks for reading and see you next time, comment if you also took part in the Yearathon and if you did more reading in it than me!

October 2017 TBR (Including Yearathon TBR)

Welcome back to my blog after another year-long hiatus because uni always takes up more time than I expect, meaning that I tend to stop blogging or just post sporadically. However,  I wanted to start it up again this year and actually try to stick to it by using the blog as an aid to my uni course. I felt like that would be useful and allow me to keep updating my blog without feeling bad that I’m not doing uni work, so a lot of the books on this blog will be ones that I am studying on my Masters course.

Therefore, this month’s to-be-read list is mostly uni books and I am going to take part in just one readathon as I haven’t done any for so long.

The Yearathon is taking place in this first week of October and therefore I am planning to read a bunch of uni books as I would like to get ahead before term gets busy. This means that I’m not sticking to the theme of the readathon but I will be participating in the challenge. The October Yearathon can be found here and the theme this month is LGBTQ+, while the challenge is to read poetry or short stories.

First off I want to finish reading Findings by Kathleen Jamie which I am really enjoying so far and I am counting as part of the challenge because it’s a collection of short essays (basically the same as reading a bunch of short stories right?). Another course book that I want to get through this week is Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees by Robert Deakin although I only need to read a few small sections so I am also going to count this as part of the challenge. Lastly, I just need to read a section of Notes from Walnut Tree Farm, and At the Yeoman’s House by Ronald Blythe which is a short book so I am actually counting all of these as part of the challenge.

I am also currently reading Northern Lights by Philip Pullman as a non-uni book so would like to finish that this month but it depends if I am sick of reading after my uni books.

Then the rest of my uni reading for the month will be:

  • The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane
  • H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
  • The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey
  • Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
  • Beside the Ocean of Time by George Mackay Brown
  • Eating Dirt by Charlotte Gill
  • And finally some poems by Robinson Jeffers

I’ll do a wrap-up of my Yearathon reading at the end of the week and then a monthly wrap-up at the end of the month, along with possibly doing some posts about specific books if I have time.

Thanks for reading and see you next time, comment and tell me if you are reading any of the same books this month or if you’re participating in the Yearathon this month too!

October AYearAThon

I took part in the AYearAThon for the first time last month and posted about it here. I wasn’t sure if I was going to do it again as I didn’t know if I’d be able to stick to the themes but was tweeted by the AYearAThon twitter account after my last post saying that themes are optional so here I am again! I did try to fit my reading into the theme (mental health), just loosely, and then hardly got around to reading anything anyway as I was busy with the start of the university year.

I was still reading George Orwell’s 1984 when the readathon started and so first off I finished that which was okay, but not great. I was disappointed with it really; it just wasn’t my sort of thing, it was just too depressing, I didn’t connect with the main character on any level, and just never got gripped into the story. It picked up slightly nearer the ending but ultimately just felt like it was a bit of a letdown and lacked any sort of moral or message that interested me.

Finally finished reading 1984! 😃📚

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I then had to read the first chapter of Regeneration Through Violence by Richard Slotkin for one of my classes which took me a lot longer than I wanted it to because I dislike reading theory and am just really slow at getting through that sort of thing. It was kind of interesting; talking about the creation and continuation of myths, but as it is still the start of term I am unsure how it will be fitting into my course and be useful.

It was only then that I started on my mental health themed books, and didn’t even get close to finishing them. I just read 2 chapters of my anxiety book, and 2 of The Ego and the Id by Sigmund Freud, which is for my dissertation and which was better than I thought, I felt like it was a little clearer than his writing normally is, although I’m not very far in and I may just be getting used to the way he writes rather than him getting clearer.

So I didn’t really get far in this readathon but felt like it was still worth posting about because I still got more done than I would have otherwise just because I was so busy and not really interested in what I was reading.

Here is the link to the AYearAThon Goodreads group.

And then my next post will probably be a wrap up for one of my next readathons this month; Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon which you can find here, or the Duodecathon which is here. Subscribe if you want to see my posts on those, and comment below if you’ve read 1984 and if you agree or disagree with me 🙂

September Book Wrap Up & October TBR

September Book Haul

I just ordered some books for uni this month so I’m not really excited about them but I ordered 7 in total and they are:

  • The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  • Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  • Ladybird Tales: Little Red Riding Hood by Vera Southgate (a children’s version for my dissertation which will be a nice easy read)
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter (I’ve read this before and it’s great but am using it for my dissertation so needed to buy a copy in order to read it again as I borrowed it from a library last time)
  • The Ego and the Id by Sigmund Freud
  • Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

September Reading Wrap Up

I started off with the AYearAThon for which I read:

  • A small poetry book from my university’s writing society
  • Samplers for Ink by Alice Broadway, Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe, This Raging Light by Estelle Laure, Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven, All Fall Down by Ally Carter, Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt, and Broken Sky by L.A. Weatherly.
  • Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
  • Beyond the Pleasure Principle by Sigmund Freud
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

My post for the AYearAThon is here. And I have a separate post on We We Liars here.

I then read The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater which I loved and have a post on here.

Next, I finished Calm by Michael Acton Smith, which was lent to me by a friend and was pretty nice. I liked the whole theme and the pacing with all of the pictures and different sections on different aspects of life (e.g. food, sleep, and work), but wasn’t into the idea of all the activities. Overall it was helpful and nice to read so I’d recommend it to practically anyone, especially if stressed out or going through a bad time.

I then went back to George Orwell’s 1984 which I had read a few chapters of months before then put down. I’ve still not finished it and it also meant that I didn’t take part in the Duodecathon this month but I’ll hopefully do that readathon again next month anyway.

October TBR

First off I’ll finish 1984, then the AYearAThon is at the start of the month with the theme of mental health so I thought I could read a book I have about anxiety, the Freud book that I got this month (as psychology is kind of menatl health related? Close enough!), and then if I have time for another one just another psychology book for uni probably.

I’d then like to do some more dissertation reading so Ladybird Tales: Little Red Riding Hood, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, and The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories. Then classes start for me this month so I need to read Blood Meridian and The Naked and the Dead along with probably about 4 other books although I haven’t been told what these are yet.

After the AYearAThon I also want to take part in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon and the October Duodecathon so hopefully those will help me get through these books!

Here are the links to the different readathons: AYearAThonDewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, and Duodecathon.

 

How was your September reading? What are you planning on reading in October? and are you going to take part in any of the October readathons that I mentioned? Comment below and subscribe if you want to see more – My next post will probably be a wrap up post for the AYearAThon 🙂

 

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I’d wanted to start this series for a long time, and had read some of the Shiver series by Maggie Stiefvater years ago and liked that, but only recently did I finally get around to buying The Raven Boys as I picked it up at Yalc and got it signed (Post including Yalc wrap up).

I thought the whole mystic aspect was really interesting especially as the main characters are only really on the edge of it, so I feel like there is so much more about this to come in the following books which I’m excited about. I’d also like to find out more about certain characters in the next books as I’m intrigued by all of Blue’s family, although I felt like this one gave quite a good amount of info etc on the characters. I really liked the way that it was written in 3rd person and then flicked the focus between different characters and scenes as it just made the story feel more in-depth.

I’m a big fan of romance in novels and really liked how it was done here as an undertone to the main story. Without giving any major spoilers, Blue develops a relationship throughout the novel but then there are hints towards a different romance for her too. I felt like this was really interesting because it’s almost a love triangle but without there actually being one – it is just a hint that she will be with somebody else later on. This is completely ambiguous however as it is kept unclear whether it is going to happen or just a possibility. I really like both of the love interests but am more interested in the ‘possible’ one rather than the actual one in this novel so am so excited to see how that all pans out and why.

There’s also a really amazing plot twist with one character that I completely wasn’t expecting but that I can now see was foreshadowed, I really hope that this character is included in, and maybe expanded upon, in the following novels although I think how it ended could also mean that this storyline is finished. I was actually just really confused and kind of disappointed by the ending as I thought that they were only halfway through the last climactic scene when it suddenly seemed like everything was fine again and so I don’t really understand what happened.

I really do now want to read rest of series, as this one was well written and there is just so many things that I want to be tied up and explained in the other books. Have you read The Raven Boys? Agree or disagree with my opinions? Comment below! And my next post shall either be a Duodecathon wrap up or my wrap up for the month, so subscribe if you’re interested in reading either of those 🙂

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

I first heard about this book when it was shown on the Hot Key Books Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/HotKeyBooks) and then saw it on a lot of different booktube channels after that. Everyone seemed to be giving it great reviews, and it sounded interesting, but I already had a load of books that I wanted to read and so didn’t get around to it until recently when I bought the Zoella book bundle, and then read it for the September AYearAThon (which I posted about here: https://emlinian.wordpress.com/2016/09/17/ayearathon-september-2016/).

In addition to just having other books to read, I also didn’t really like the sound of the way that it was written as although it was said to be written beautifully, it was also described a lot as ‘poetic’ which I took to mean that it was going to be written well, but also, hard to read, like lots of the ‘poetic’ books that I read for uni. However, I was completely wrong on this, as the writing style was really easy, captivating, and had an amazing flow to it.

Another thing that caught me by surprise was the ‘lying’ aspect to the novel; I found that wasn’t really ‘lies’ at first but a lot of metaphors, and then it was more like everyone was lying to Cadence rather than her, as the narrator, lying to us, which was what I expected. The novel actually follows Cadence on her first trip back to her family’s summer island after she has lost her memory surrounding the summer 2 years previously, and so while I was under the impression that you’d always be trying to figure out what Cadence was lying to you about, it was more like going on a journey with her to find out how her own memory is lying to her. Although, ‘Liars’ is also just a name for her group of friends which I felt was never actually explained.

I absolutely loved Cadence though! I felt like she was sweet and just really relatable in some aspects too. Something that I felt really stood out with her as a character and made her so relatable and tragic was the repetition of the idea that she feels like she has to be normal and has to pull herself together constantly. It was aspects such as this that I think just made the whole novel have this feel of being so very realistic and sad, yet there is also a theme of moving on from tragedy, and from yourself in a sense, and so in this aspect I actually found the novel quite uplifting as well as being so sad.

I don’t want to really say much more in case of spoilers but I just felt like this novel was so amazing, I loved so much about it, and it definitely a new favourite as one of the best books that I have ever read. I think most people would like this book, but especially if you’ve read and enjoyed Sarah Dessen’s Just Listen which is another of my favourites and shares some themes with this one.

Comment below if you’ve also read We Were Liars, what you thought of it, and if it was what you expected. My next post will probably be on The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater which I also loved so subscribe if you want to see that too 🙂