Tuesday, 15 March 2016

What I'm reading - March

Sometimes I'll read a whole book in a matter of days, and others it will take me months because I simply don't sit down and read in that period, or I completely forget I've even started that book. At home I have several unfinished books, and at uni I already have 3 and I've only been here 6 months (that doesn't count textbooks... of which I haven't read anywhere near enough!)

The three books I currently have on the go here in Plymouth are The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkein, South of the Border, West of the Sun - Haruki Murakami and Anna Karenenina - Leo Tolstoy.

I started the Murakami novel in the Autumn after reading recommendation after recommendation Becky. I've read barely any of it, but I enjoyed what I've read so far. This book was in my handbag for the bus journeys to work, and unfortunately it stayed in the handbag and got rather neglected! Have re-read the blurb, I really want to read the rest of the story!

I downloaded Anna Karenina onto my kindle because it was either free or dirt cheap on Amazon. I started reading it about a week before War & Peace started on the BBC, and promptly became very confused and they've merged into one snowy, high-class, Russian blur. I think I'll have to start re-reading this one from the beginning again, as I'd have no idea what was going on! I've heard from a friend that its "the most accurate representation of love and the human condition [he's] ever encountered" so I know I must finish it one day (in the near future).

Aaand... The Hobbit. Now this one I'm nearly half way through. It looks like a fairly thin book, but I feel the amount I've read I should be further through it than I am! Lord of the Rings is a funny one for me; I've never seen any of the films the whole way through, I've only seen odd bits when they've been on the telly and nothing else is on. I saw the first Hobbit film at the cinema, and was really confused at the end as they hadn't got anywhere - I only later realised it was going to be a trilogy, and I haven't seen the rest! My cousin and my brother love this book so I thought I should get round to reading it, and I was advised that I should read The Hobbit before reading Lord of the Rings.
I read most of this on the train back to Wales from Plymouth - a 6 hour journey, and the man with the drinks trolley said how good it was. I'm reading my Mum's copy form the 70s, and its full of annotations from her teacher training days. I can tell that this is written for children - but its also a book adults can thoroughly enjoy. I don't read a lot of Fantasy (apart from Harry Potter, which I've not actually re-read since they first came out). My problem with fantasy is that the situations aren't realistic - which I suppose is a given - but the author can put the characters in a sticky situation and then lo-and-behold a giant bird flies along and rescues them out of a tree that's on fire with angry wolves and goblins at the bottom. But I'll stick with it - Tolkein is an author I feel I must read ( and I'm not counting his Oxford English Dictionary entries).

I've noticed all these books have been recommended to me by someone who really loves them, which can only be a good sign. I know they're worth finishing.
Have you read any of these? Is there anything else I should be reading?

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  1. I'm exactly the same when it comes to books. I've basically got a book that I read downstairs (like a cookbook or something) and one by my bedside, but then I also have magazines there as well! I'm really trying to get through Bill Bryson's A Walk In The Woods, as I've now seen the film but had started reading the book before I saw it. It's taking me ages! I'm in one of those non-reading phases! It is hilarious though, so check it out if you haven't already. I haven't read any of those books but I can imagine I'd also find them hard to get through. x

    1. My brother loves Bill Bryson and I've got a couple of books ready to read.. I just need to get round to it!

  2. I've got a long commute to my internship so have been sailing through books, love picking up new book recommendations! Will add these to my list ☺️
    Oh and the Hobbit is such a good back - definitely one of my favourites :D

    Hannah xx

  3. I love Haruki Murakami's books, his writing is just so dreamy. My Dad's a big fan of the books and he was the one who first recommended them to me. I've never read The Hobbit either, but it's one of those books that's been on my list for ages, which is silly considering how much I love fantasy novels. Will have to try and pick up Anna Karenenina somewhere too as I've heard lots of good things. - Tasha

  4. omg have u finished it bbz??????!!! love dat book so much xoxoxoxox