Now that exams are finally over for the summer, I have a little more freedom. For a book lover like me, that means one thing: a chance to actually get around for reading some books that aren’t required for my course. I have a little stack waiting for me on my windowsill for just this moment and I’ve been getting more and more excited at the prospect of getting stuck in to them. Some of them have been waiting for me since Christmas so I am so glad to finally have a chance to read them! Do any other students really struggle to read for fun during term time? It’s one of my least favourite things about my degree.
First up is The Awakening by Kate Chopin. I actually started reading this in Spring Break but didn’t get very far into it before university work caught up with me. Marketed as a tale of one woman claiming her individual identity and independence while battling the roles that society has set up for her, I couldn’t wait to start this the first time round. The little snippet that I enjoyed has done nothing to damper my intrigue and I can’t wait to see if this lives up to its reviews!
Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad is actually something that I might be working with next semester but my love for Atwood means that I’m desperate to get stuck in. It’s quite short, and is a retelling of the Odyssey from Penelope’s point of view, which I find a fascinating idea. I’m keen to see how Atwood does this as I’ve read the Odyssey a few times and lamented how little of Penelope that we get to encounter.
For Christmas, I got Very Good Lives by J.K Rowling, The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen from my family and Productivity: A Practical Guide from my favourite people over at Think Productive. I love How to be a Productivity Ninja so can’t wait to see which ideas Allcott shares in this smaller guide. These three books have been tempting me for months and I am beyond excited to enjoy them guilt free. Very Good Lives looks like a beautiful book that could be just what I need to unwind after a stressful semester.
Last but by no means least is Day Four by Sarah Lotz. I actually managed to get hold of this in a twitter giveaway about a month ago and its been patiently waiting for me ever since. Some of you may remember how much I loved The Three which is by the same author so I have high expectations for this one.
What’s on your to be read list on the moment? Have you read any of the books on mine? Let me know if you have!