After some promising signs of sun, and the premature appearance of T-shirts and vest tops, the weather is dreary again. It was only to be expected, really. However, dreary weather is good reading weather, and I’ve been making the most of it. Over the last week I’ve been reading Toby’s Room by Pat Baker, which I’m liking so far. To summarise very simply: it’s ultimately about life before and during WWI, art, and family. There are some parts of the novel I haven’t been too keen on, but I’ll elaborate my thoughts on the book in a full post next week.
As evident by the ever-growing proportion of library books on my bookshelves, most of my reading has been directed at university essays. I’m writing an English essay on the theme of uncertainty that prevails in the poetry of Edward Thomas and Robert Frost, and a Spanish essay on the theme of civilisation versus barbarism in Gabriel García Márquez’s Crónica de una muerte anunciada (Chronicle of a Death Foretold). Fortunately I’m enjoying the process of writing each essay, and I’m learning a lot too. That always makes the work a lot less arduous.
But anyway, in this post I’d like to outline my reading plans for the next week or so.
I’d like to finish…
- Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman
- As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning – Laurie Lee
For my Classics Challenge, I’d like to get started on…
- The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Metamorphoses – Ovid
- The Sound of the Mountain by Yasunari Kawabata
- A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy – William B. Irvine
- Master and Men and Other Stories – Leo Tolstoy
- Take Me to the Castle – F.C. Malby
- On Beauty – Zadie Smith
Is there anything else that you’d recommend?