Things have been really busy here the last two weeks but I am pleased to say I am on the way to completing this year’s book challenge (which is to read all outstanding books on my shelf).
I wrote my goals for this year in a previous post https://chronicleofellen.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/bye-bye-2016-and-hello-2017/
And out of the 12 or so books listed I have managed to get through 3, as well as a re-reading of The Carpet People by Terry Pratchett which was small and light to carry around with me last week.
The 3 I have finished are:
- Women in Love by DH Lawrence
- The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
- The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
I was not at all impressed with Women in Love, I believe it was written in the 1920’s and I’m not struck on books of that era generally, although I will give anything a go when it comes to books. Apparently this book was banned for obscenity for 11 years in England and so had to be published in America first. I didn’t like the characters, they weren’t personable, they didn’t make you want to root for them, and I was left with a question at the end…so is Birkin gay or not?!
The Return of the Native I really enjoyed, it seemed a quick read in a day compared to a week and a half reading Women in Love. I have mixed feelings about Hardy’s books generally but this one was alright, I was waiting for at least one of the characters to die, which, lets face it, was the only way anyone was going to get a happy ending here. The villain I didn’t find too villainous, not my favourite classic but worth a read.
The Riddle of the Sands was written in 1902 and is scary in it’s predictions in a way. 2 amateur British spies realise Germany was practising / planning an invasion. The two of them get to grips with the boat they are in and with trying to lie to the locals, figure out who is on their side and decide what is best for England, whilst getting the girl on the way. A good adventure story, I enjoyed it, but the end was a bit rushed, it felt like a lot of lead up to a very quick finish.
So, that’s a good start to my reading this year. I can cross off a few books on my list on the books page above finally.
Hopefully I will continue with this eager reading momentum!