#Weekend Reads : May 19th, 2017

Hello, everybody!  It’s time for another #Weekend Reads post!

I wish I could give you a new list of books that I am going to read over this weekend with some fabulous pics, but sadly, I’m afraid to say that I’ll be most likely to spend the entire weekend on single-mindedly reading The Book Thief. 

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Not that I’m complaining nor making excuses (maybe I am), but in addition to having been busy with all the book closing stuff lately, I had a lot of socialization going on in the early part of the month. I simply haven’t gotten as much reading done as I had hoped, which is really sad!

I am supposed to be reading Lolita which is on my May TBR right now, but as you can see, I haven’t gotten around to it yet. I am way behind the schedule and am a bit disappointed although I know I can’t help it – when life gets busy, you have to let something go to some degree 😦

Anyways, now that I’ve gotten The Quaker Cafe out of the way, finishing The Book Thief (and write a post) is at the top of my priority for this weekend. I’m only halfway through the book, so I’m not quite sure if I can, but I’ll try to power through it.  If I got to pick up Lolita after that, THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

lolita

All right, guys. That’s it for today.
Let me know in the comments what you will be reading this weekend.

Thanks for reading as always and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 😀

#Weekend Reads: May 13th, 2017

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Hi, guys! How is your weekend so far?
As for me, I’m currently reading these two books: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and The Quaker Cafe by Brenda Bevan Remmes.

I picked up The Quaker Cafe about a week ago and had been reading it until I picked up 1984 by George Orwell on a whim.
Well, I probably shouldn’t have – I got completely distracted and ended up leaving this one unfinished for almost a week!
I put it down to initially reading this on my Kindle, too. As you can tell from my Bookish Facts About Me or Rapid Fire Book Tag post, I have not been a big E-book reader for quite some time and tend to be gravitated toward physical books. True to form, the physical copy of The Quaker Cafe has just arrived today and I am really liking it! The feels and the story come into me much more deeply than those of the Kindle book did, I’m now convinced that I am officially a non-Kindle reader; I don’t know whether to be glad or not, though.

While I was waiting for the physical copy of The Quaker Cafe to arrive, I didn’t have any particular book on my list after 1984. The book left a big impact on me and I wasn’t in the mood for diving into another Classic, Lolita, which was on my May TBR.  I knew neither Cloudstreet would work.
After a long and hard contemplation, I finally decided to pick up The Book Thief which has been gleaning good reviews in the Book Community.
I’ve just begun to read and haven’t figured out what this book is all about; this book hasn’t struck a chord with me yet. That said, I’m only 84 pages in the book right now, it’s a bit too early to pass judgement on this book. I hope the story picks up and that this book lives up to the hype!

What are the books that you’re currently reading?

Thanks for reading, guys and hope you all have a fabulous weekend! 😀

#amreading 1: Classics!

As I gushed in my Classic Book Haul post, I’m so into Classics right now.

I haven’t written a post yet, but I did read two Classics last week;

  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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Fahrenheit 451

Man, I can’t tell you enough how much I loved them both!

To be perfectly honest, both of them threw me off a little bit; in particular, I had a hard time following rather cryptic discourse between Beatty and Montag in Fahrenheit 451.
Everything Beatty says in the book sounded like a riddle to me; I didn’t get to see what he was talking about. I even wonder how Montag could be satisfied with Beatty’s answers. They didn’t make any sense to me to be honest –  It seemed that he was just parrying Montag’s questions by making such riddle-like remarks.

That said, I must admit that I found his writing very intense and gorgeous.
His prose is so poetic and lyrical, yet definitely has something that grabbed me. Although I strove so hard to decipher the sentences or paragraphs to see whether it was about what was actually going on or something in Montag’s imagination, I couldn’t put the book down.

I’ve posted a quick review on Goodreads, so if you’re interested, please go check that out 🙂

Now on to Crime and Punishment; Gosh, THAT BOOK!

The first 100 pages or so was really gripping and entertaining, I even sympathized with Raskolnikov and fretted about the devoid of an axe – I was like, “Oh, darn! No axe? What is he going to do?”
At that moment, I couldn’t believe myself for being anxious to get ahold of the important tool for his ‘plan.’  Seriously, what was I thinking?? 
I think it goes to show how superb either the translation done by David McDuff or Dostoyevsky’s writing is. It was really riveting and I really enjoyed reading that part.

I must say that I felt it slowed a bit in the middle (or it may have been a fault on my part),  but from the last few chapters through the ending, I was completely enthralled by the development. In particular, the moment when Raskolnikov is hit by an inexplicable feeling or awe and kneels down and kisses to the ground, it struck me in the feels – I found it incredibly therapeutic and purgatorial. So stunning, so beautiful. I was completely sold.

It is amazing how the tone of the story significantly changes in the epilogue – the undertone of the writing changes DRAMATICALLY changes like a heavy fog finally clears up.
Again, it was just amazing and brilliant.

There are still a lot of things I find I need to work on (the philosophical ideas in particular), and it’s indeed a long story, but I am so glad that I got to the end. I quite enjoyed it.

 

And now, what am I reading now, you might ask?

I’m currently reading Wuthering Heights by  Emily Brontë.  My very first Emily Brontë, believe it or not.

It hadn’t even been on my radar until I watched a video by my favorite BookTuber, but when I saw him brandishing the book (Vintage Classic Edition with a stunning cover), I thought I would like to give it a try.

According to what I’ve heard, it can be a hit and miss; some absolutely adore it and some absolutely hate it.
That said, it won’t do me any harm to give it a go, will it? 😀
Gladly, being on page 85, I’m really liking it. I really hope that I’ll continue to like it till the end!

Oh, I forgot to mention – I’ve recently joined a Goodreads Book Group.
Being a non-native, I may be quite slow at reading, but I hope that I get to read as many books featured in the group as possible and take part in the group activities!
If you’re already a member, do hit me up at Goodreads, it’s going to be so much fun!

All right, that’s about it for now; let me know in the comments what you have been reading.
Thanks for reading as always!