Monthly Round-up: February 2016

I read quite a bit this month and it wasn’t until I compiled the list that I noticed all my February books were written by women. I’m still rationing out the Christie, two others were read for April (am attempting a “theme” month, stay tuned), and I had to get on a plane so I read The Ballad of the Sad Café again. Sad Café was assigned for a class in college and it irritated me—why does Miss Amelia let Cousin Lymon walk all over her?? But the writing impressed me, so I read it again a few years later when I was “older and wiser.” Then I read it again a few years later, then again, and now it’s a thing: I read it every few years. It’s so absorbing that I bring it on flights to distract myself. (Am a nervous flyer.)

Books Read:
The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
-The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami
The Ballad of the Sad Café by Carson McCullers
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle
A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Reviews Posted:
Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Murder of the Century by Paul Collins
The Tale of the Unknown Island by José Saramago
Eli Marks 1-3 (The Ambitious Card, The Bullet Catch, and The Miser’s Dream) by John Gaspard
My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

4 Comments on “Monthly Round-up: February 2016

  1. What did you think of Frankenstein? I had to read it for a class in college and so not into it. I tried it again for Halloween and hated it again, but wanted to finish it just to say I read it.

    • I couldn’t stand it when I read it for class either, but it was better this time through (I skimmed the superlatives—Victor’s family and friends are just the BEST, ha). Also, it’s very unfocused: the monster’s story is fascinating, but then he rambles on about the history of the family he watches (a history which makes little sense, btw). Skimming helped here too. 🙂

      It’s a great story so far as its creativity and the horror aspect also holds up well. That the monster is so inclined towards “good” is a key element that’s lost in many film adaptations. But Victor is completely unsympathetic… his big gripe against the monster is his ugliness; he’s unable to appreciate the monster’s story AT ALL — there’s even a bit where his sympathy dissolves as he looks at the monster — which puts him out of sync with the reader.

      It wasn’t an easy read, but it did have its moments. It’s also available for free on the Kindle, hurrah. I finished it primarily to have it off my queue. My full review is scheduled for April 21.

      • If you want to see a film review that holds sort of true to the novel, you should watch Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with Robert De Niro as the creature. It’s not the best film, but as close to the novel as any film. I have reviewed it if your interested.

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