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 thoughts 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.

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