Hello Virtually Read friends! It has really been a while and as you can probably tell Shanti and I have been busy and distracted and are still not really sure what the direction/future of this blog is to be honest. But anyway, down in the Southern Hemisphere it’s the summer holidays! I’m working so it’s not eXacTly a holiday but I do have more free time than uni! So here’s some books I have been reading or want to.
Away We Go by Emil Ostrovski
I had never heard of this but picked it up on a whim at the library (I went to the public library straight after my last exam after having spent the last monty studying in the university library). It’s this strange dystopian and I don’t know what’s going on
The Naming of the Shrew by John Wright
I actually got this out to inspire myself to study for an exam (I had a essay question option on Latin names) but mostly read it afterwards. It’s quite interesting but also dry occasionally, about latin species names, their quirks and conventions.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
I borrowed this from my flatmate and it was SO SAD but also so good and important and basically I’d give it 5 stars. It really opened my eyes about Afghan history a bit.
Going Solo by Roald Dahl
This was also a recommendation. It had definite colonial undertones (and overtones) and wasn’t very questioning of the war, or at all pacifist (although there was a very interesting description of Dahl meeting a Jewish person and not knowing why they couldn’t stay in Germany, as well as him talking about how as a pilot you were trying to get machines, not kill people and he didn’t want ti kill people but did want to fight Hitler). I guess what I found most interesting was his photos from actual 1930 and his first hand descriptions of fighting in the war.
On the list
There are so many books on my list really. I think I need to get my reading muscle back into shape after barely reading anything in the last few months. Here’s a few.
The Inheritance of Lossy by Kiran Desai
This is set in India, is fairly famous, and sounds cool. The idea is to make it kind of a buddy read with a friend.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Again, a recommendation, although I’m not sure if I’ll like this.
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
I started re-reading this, then lost my copy (which I’m very sad about as I had written all these notes in it right before I’d started uni when I first read it, and also because I was halfway through when I lost it and quite engrossed).
There are a lot of maybes as well: Blue like Jazz//The Taming of the Shrew//Love in the Time of Cholera//Time for a Tiger//Brave New World// Winners Take All
So, that’s a very brief update on my reading life. Do you have any recommendations for me? I am very desperate for fun things to read but am out of the loop enough that I haven’t quite thought of what I want to read yet!