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Much Ado About Nothing
David L. Stevenson, William Shakespeare
Good Morning, Midnight
Jean Rhys

Reading progress update: I've read 150 out of 646 pages.

The Secret History - Donna Tartt

Enthralling. I'm reading this slowly as I'm gonna be sad when it's over.

A Woman Reading by Gwen John

Reading progress update: I've read 60%.

Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood

I've got mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand I really enjoy Atwood's writing, her prose is just fantastic, on the other, I'm not into the story and I'm not caring at all for any of the charatcters, especially the main one. Jimmy is such a bore and the psychopath of Crake is just much of a typified genius-gone-mad. and Orynx is just a manic pixie dream type of girl, too one-dimensional...  bah, maybe I'm just not really into dystopian fiction, though I have yet to read The Handmaid's Tale.

I feel it's such a pity that I'm not loving this book, I really wanted to like it, but perhaps my opinion will change as I finish this one... We'll see.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson, Thomas Ott, Jonathan Lethem

Really creepy book. Worth to read but I was not satisfied with the end and with the lack of info about the main topic of the story: *spoiler* the death of 4 member of the Blackwood family. Also I expected a little more depth into the characters but I'm still mentally saying WTF, so yeah, I'm definitely reading more Shirley Jackson. Next Stop: The Haunting of Hill House and The Lottery.


By the by, how awesome is the first edition cover??!



2014 reading goals

Many books to tackle next year. Many classics and moderns classics. Others must be re-read and re-examined. All in all, 2014 will be a year of lots of reading, like usual :)


I tend to create lists that I never follow afterwards, but I enjoy so much the process of thinking which books I want to read that I'll just post this up and we'll see by the end of the year how many I actually read.


Must Read Books (in no particular order):

    1. Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck
    2. The Secret History by Tartt
    3. Rayuela by Cortázar
    4. Middlemarch by Eliot
    5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    6. As I Lay Dying by Faulkner
    7. Emma by Austen
    8. Cranford by Gaskell
    9. The Handmaid's Tale by Atwood
    10. Cheerful Weather for a Wedding by J. Strachey
    11. The House of Mirth by Wharton
    12. The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West
    13. Little Women by Alcott
    14. The Hours by Cunningham
    15. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
    16. Los Detectives Salvajes by Bolaño
    17. Tess of D'Uberviless by Hardy
    18. The Woman in White by Collins
    19. The Hound of Baskervilles By Doyle
    20. Save me the Waltz by Z. Fitzgerald
    21. The Tenant of  Wildfell Hall by A. Brontë
    22. The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov
    23. This Side of Paradise by F. S. Fitzgerald
    24. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Sparks
    25. Switch Bitch by Roald Dahl
    26. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by Blake
    27. Lyrical Ballads by W. and Coleridge (re-read)
    28. Storni's Complete poems
    29. Much Ado about Nothing by Shakespeare
    30. Salome by Wilde
    31. Sarah Kane's Complete Plays
    32. Waiting for Godot by Beckett
    33. Frankenstein by M. Shelley

Woman Reading by a Window by Gari Melchers
Woman Reading by a Window by Gari Melchers

Reading progress update: I've read 120 out of 235 pages.

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day - Winifred Watson

Up to now I'm loving this novel. It's hilarious and touching at the same time, such a fun read.