Monday, September 12th, 2016: Three books! One you just read, one you’re currently reading, and one you want to read.
Just Read: The Lost World (Professor Challenger #1) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I read it because Wikipedia said it was one of the inspirations behind the Jurassic Park novels which I really enjoyed. This… I enjoyed less. It was interesting to read and very cool to think about a book “about dinosaurs” that existed before Jurassic Park. It reminded me a lot of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness as they were written about a decade apart (that said, The Lost World is now in public domain so it’s free and easy to track down if you want to read it). I don’t want to ruin anything but the best way to describe this book is that it is the physical manifestation of the feeling I felt when my prof announced on the first day of Archaeology 101 that we would NOT be learning about dinosaurs or dinosaur fossils or anything otherwise related to palaeontology. There are dinosaurs in our history, just like there are in this book. But don’t read it solely because of them. I’ll leave it at that.
Currently Reading: A Storm of Swords (ASOIAF #3) by George R.R. Martin. Okay, technically the last book I read was Clash of Kings but listing both would make for a less interesting blog post. I got audiobook versions of books 2, 3, and 4 in the series (after already reading Game of Thrones in physical copy) and am really enjoying listening to them. It makes my long commute to class a lot more enjoyable and has definitely overtaken my Netflix consumption over the last couple weeks. I was planning on watching each season of Game of Thrones after reading the respective novel, but I am way too hooked on the book versions to stop and figure out how to start watching the series (which, side note, was the death of my old laptop. Rest in peace Harry Potter the HP laptop). I already pretty much know who dies because of Tumblr and my accidental spoiler-ing of it for myself by looking up the house family trees on Wikipedia. All in all, its a good series and I am really enjoying it.
Want To Read: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. I say this with respect as I am a writer, a quote-lover, and an English major… but in general I really dislike poetry. I can appreciate it from artistic and cultural points of view but I’ve spent many a lecture trying to explicate and find meanings in very short poems. As you can probably tell by my blog, I am not good at keeping things short and too the point. More is more when it comes to literature in my opinion. However, after finding several of Rupi Kaur’s poems online I was struck by the powerful way she phrases such personal events in a way that I can relate so entirely. It’s the reason I started listening and loving Taylor Swift, the words this complete stranger delivers are like passages from my soul. After going through a brutal heartbreak earlier this year, I purchased this book as so many of the poems I’d seen online helped me get back on my feet as a sort of anonymous thank-you to Miss Kaur (also she’s Canadian so I’m more than happy to support her!). I haven’t read it yet, but it’s sitting on my bedside table waiting for me to be ready.
If you’d like to see more book related posts you can check them out (hehe library pun) HERE and if you’re interested in more books that I’ve read or what I’m currently reading, I’m available on Goodreads! 🙂