Reflection: April & May 2016


  • 1 x ‘Classic’(Gothic/Romance)
  • 1 x YA Fantasy (it’s pretty much a given that there’s going to be one of these each month!)
  • Three quarters x Autobiography/Humour


I have returned! Exams are finally, finally over and I now have time to do some things that I actually enjoy doing, which luckily enough includes updating my little dusty corner of the book blogger world. Given the fact that pretty much all I read in May was textbooks, I decided to make this a joint April and May Reflection just to give me a bit more to talk about. I also could not have probably picked more different books to read in the space of the two months, so this should hopefully be interesting! Now, without further ado:

In April, I began by reading Jane Austen’s ‘Northanger Abbey’. This was my second venture into Austen’s writing having read ‘Emma’ in March, however I was even more intrigued by this work given its Gothic connotations. It is fair to say, as with ‘Emma’, I absolutely adored ‘Northanger Abbey’. The Gothic descriptions of the Abbey provided the perfect contrast to the idyllic life experienced in Bath, with Catherine Morland forming an excellent protagonist who often gets far too carried away in jumping to conclusions created by her overactive imagination. I particularly was drawn to her character owing to her love of reading that frequents many conversations within the novel. Additionally, I found the diverse range of personalities present in the other characters to be equally intriguing. Austen cleverly creates a false sense of security surrounding Isabella and I found her character to experience a very interesting arc. Overall, therefore, I gave the novel a well-deserved 5 out of 5 stars and am very much looking forward to reading ‘Pride & Prejudice’ in the not so distant future.

I also completed a re-read in April of ‘City of Ashes’ by Cassandra Clare, the second novel of ‘The Mortal Instruments’ series (which is fantastic and I 100% recommend). Second time around, however, my thoughts on ‘City of Ashes’ seem to have changed considerably. Looking at my Goodreads beforehand, I’d rated it at 3 out of 5 stars however this changed to a solid 5 out of 5 stars upon a re-read. It seemed this time that ‘City of Ashes’ offered a substantially more developed range of characters with their respective plotlines, whilst maintaining the same contrasting levels of humour and angst, and good and evil present from within the first novel.

I may be cheating a little by saying that I read a book in May, when in reality I read ¾ of it. I couldn’t, however, have a May Reflection without having read anything so I’ve decided to include ‘Life and Laughing’ by Michael McIntyre in this month’s reflection. I wasn’t lying when I said that these three books couldn’t have been more different! I picked this up for two reasons; the first being that Michael McIntyre is my absolute favourite comedian and I absolutely cry with laughter at every one of his sketches, and secondly, because I’d already read one memoir-type-book by another comedian, Miranda Hart (whom I also adore) and was really interested to read more of this genre. With ‘Life and Laughing’ I had quite conflicting opinions. The beginning I found to be difficult to get into and was considering not even finishing it as it was relatively slow and I was slightly uncomfortable with some of the passing comments made, however it certainly gets better. Being about 50 pages from finishing it currently, I am looking at what will likely be a rating of 3 or 4 out of 5 stars.

And that’s it! My April/May Reflection is over, and somehow we’re in June already. This will, I’m hoping, be a more successful reading month. You can expect a book haul in the near future, so look out for that!

First book for June: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J R R Tolkien (re-read)

Have a great day!



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