I seem to falling behind on everything these days. =(
To check out for books I purchased in February (And I purchased a whole lot), go here – link!
3/5 cupcakes — Reviewed! I had some mixed thoughts but I think I’ve written out everything I feel.
2. Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
2/5 cupcakes — Eh. I don’t really like Shakespeare—had to read this for school.
3. Dubliners by James Joyce
5/5 cupcakes — Wonderful book! It was such fun to read these stories—Joyce is somewhat of a brilliant writer.
4. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
4/5 cupcakes — I can understand why this is considered one of his best works. The story is enchanting and the writing is…just beautiful. I loved it! I think Ocean at the End of the Lane is bound to be at the top for me but this was still very good.
2/5 cupcakes — Did not enjoy it a whole lot—but I am still glad to have read it.
2/5 cupcakes — I did a mini-review.
7. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
3/5 cupcakes — I can see why Hemingway is not likable by all because I think I might lean towards not liking him too. His works are somewhat meaningful but I don’t enjoy the writing style very much—it’s far too simple for me.
8. Foundation by Isaac Asmiov
3/5 cupcakes — I can see why this is a Sci-Fi classic. It’s very good and for it’s time, sort of brilliant.
9. Boxers & Saints: #1 Boxers by Gene Luen Yang
3/5 cupcakes — This was very an interesting read. A lot of it reminded me of a historical figure in India, who similarly fought the British when they took over and how the “foreign devils” treated the Chinese like they didn’t deserve to be in their own country (much like how the Indians were treated). A lot of parallels can be drawn from Bao’s life to the one of the historical figure (whose name I can’t remember) in that they both came up with groups to fight the British aka “foreign devils” and they both struggled till death to achieve freedom of their country.
However, I do have several issues with this book. I didn’t like any of the characters but the female ones in the book and even those were sometimes confusing. The plot was slow at times but sometimes sped up too much—like the end, which was totally unexpected. I suppose I shouldn’t expect a superb plot from a graphic novel but still, it was sort of disappointing.
10. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
3/5 cupcakes — I did not enjoy this as much as I thought it would. The movie was enjoyable but now that I think about it, it’s sort of a perverted movie. But then again with Mike Meyers, what could I expect?
11. Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss
3/5 cupcakes — This was okay too. I love the writing but—other than that, not really impressed by this one.
12. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Finally read some Vonnegut and I really enjoyed it! It’s not a favorite but I get the feeling that Vonnegut’s other books will likely be this fun and easy to read as well so I look forward to trying out his other works. I am not currently sure on the rating though—sorry. Though I’m swinging between 3 to 4 stars.
1/5 cupcakes — Did not finish. It was a really bad experience. Reviewed!
14. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
5/5 cupcakes — I will do a review of this! I have so many thoughts. I planned to read about 175 pages each month so I could read it for 4 months but flew through it in a week of Feb after reading only about 198 pages in January.
15. King Lear by William Shakespeare
3/5 cupcakes — It was okay. I still do not like Shakespeare a lot. This was better than Measure for Measure though.
16. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
2/5 cupcakes — Not nearly as good as I expected. It just seemed like I was being told a story—but not in the good way. The characters are boring and the plot is not exciting either. Overall, it’s just not very worth it. Such a shame too—I was looking forward to reading it!
17. Spring and All by William Carlos Williams
4/5 cupcakes — Beautiful book! I would really recommend it for English enthusiasts.
Now for my very short March TBR. I know I said I wasn’t going to do TBRs anymore because I am way too moody all the time to stick to them but I thought I’d just do a short ones from now on (hopefully). This one, though, is longer because I have already read some of these books so this is still technically a “short” TBR because I am planning to read only a couple more now. I know I am capable of reading up to 10 books a month so I’ll choose 3 or 4 beforehand and the rest I can choose whenever I feel like reading what I want to read.
These will be in no specific order and the ones with a line across have already been read! (Yeah, I’m fast)
The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde (classic play: class req)
Selected Stories by D. H. Lawrence (class req — only read 4/5 of them)
The Lord of the Rings: #3 The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
American Vampire: Vol 1. by Scott Snyder and Stephen King (a graphic novel)
The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman (picture book)
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (classic: class req) — will review!
7. The Princess Bride by William Goldman (currently reading)
8. Night by Elie Wiesel (Holocaust memoir)
9. Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder (YA)
10. A non-fiction book
11. The Waste and Other Poems by T. S. Eliot (classic: class req)
12. The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield (classic: class req)
I planned to read at least 1 classic and 1 non-fiction book each month to cut down on my 2014 TBR list but clearly, I did not read any non-fiction in february—which is why my 10th book will be also be non-fiction pick, I’m just not sure what it will be right now. I did read 2 non-fiction in Jan and Night is a non-fiction memoir so technically, I’m doing okay but still. :)
I finally get a BREAK during SPRING BREAK so this is why I am allowing my list to be this long. =P
Any thoughts? What are you reading? Any future reading plans?