Reflection: February 2016

Genres

  • 1 x YA Fantasy

Ah, February. What an odd and slightly disappointing reading month. I read a grand total of one book this month, and started and half-finished three more. Despite the fact that I have a huge amount of unread books on my shelves of all different genres and lengths, there was not one single book that piqued my interest until I went out to buy The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson. Primarily, I bought this because I have become almost addicted to the Freeform adaptation of The Mortal Instruments (renamed Shadowhunters), and absolutely fell in love with their casting choices for my two favourite characters. The character of Magnus Bane has been one of my favourites from this rich, unique universe since I first picked up City of Bones whilst on holiday in 2013, and read it in two sittings by a poolside (good memories). Harry Shum Jr’s portrayal of him in the show has only served to make me fall in love with the character even more. Hence, nothing could satisfy the reading mood I was in until I could get my hands on anything by Cassandra Clare. I posted a full, ridiculously in depth review of The Bane Chronicles here, so I will avoid making any general comments other than that I loved it.

As for the rest of the books this month, I picked up Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, On the Road by Jack Kerouac and Emma by Jane Austen. These books are all currently on my desk with bookmarks placed halfway through, as for some reason I simply haven’t gotten around to finishing them. Red Queen I am very much enjoying, however I put it down to read The Bane Chronicles and have not since picked it up. In the case of On the Road, I am finding it to be more effort than it should be to pick it up and read it, and when I do it is for perhaps ten pages at a time. I simply cannot get attached to this book, despite Kerouac’s quite frankly beautiful language in parts, however when I eventually finish it I hope to do another full, in-depth review. Finally, there is Emma. I started this just a few days ago and absolutely adore it so far. Again, I hope to be posting a review of this, probably in the much nearer future than the review that will come at the end of my trek through On the Road. I feel that reading both a typical ‘classic’ and a modern classic simultaneously is really helping to broaden my knowledge of literature through a variety of time periods, which can only be a good thing.

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Red Queen: Orion Books (ISBN: 978-1-4091-5072-5), Emma: Penguin Classics (ISBN: 978-0-1411-9247-5), On the Road: Penguin Modern Classics (ISBN: 978-0-141-18267-4)

This concludes my slightly short update of February 2016; I hope that in March I will have had a more successful reading month and will have much more to discuss.

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Too many half-finished books!

First book for March: To Finish- Emma by Jane Austen

I hope you have a lovely day!

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3 thoughts on “Reflection: February 2016

  1. Wow, great book choices for February! I absolutely and obsessed with City of Bones. If you like that series, you may like Vampire Academy. I did not think I would enjoy that series (I am an English Teacher), but I absolutely loved it. The first book was okay but the series gets WAAAY better! What books (besides Emma) are you planning to read this month?

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    1. I actually read the first Vampire Academy book a few years ago but never got around to reading the rest and I’ve heard a lot of good things about it so re-starting the series might be worthwhile! I started reading Northanger Abbey two days ago and I’m already absolutely loving it (and have nearly finished it), but I’m not sure what else I plan on reading this month, I’ll just see what mood I’m in when I’ve finished my current book. Thank you for your comment, I noticed you posted a blog post concerning Northanger Abbey on your blog and I’m looking forward to reading that when I’m finished with the book!

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