Monday, 1 March 2010

Read in February

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February was actually a really good reading month. I read 9 different books.

Rapture in Death by J.D. Robb

Madicken by Astrid Lindgren

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

White Noise by Don DeLillo

The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama by The Dalai Lama

I also read Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder which I have yet to review. I did however also post a review of History of the Medieval World by Susan Wise Bauer.

I also posted an author portrait of Astrid Lindgren, one of my favourite authors.

My favourite was beyond a shadow of a doubt The Souls of Black Folk. It’s been a long time since a book affected me in the way this one did. It felt incredibly relevant still plus it had beautiful language. I also really liked Freedom in Exile. I thought it was an excellent mixture of spirituality and history. It really helped me to understand and solidify ideas. I want to continue learning about Tibet and Buddhism.

My two least favourite where White Noise and French Lieutenant’s Woman. Both of these I read for school. Both were postmodern. I am sensing a pattern. I just don’t like postmodern literature. I can by in the the fractured idea of postmodernism but I like my literature to have a more old-fashioned structure. I don’t require there to be no twists (I like twists) but many postmodern novels seem so pointless. The characters just end up where they began and I refuse to believe that we do not grow through the people we meet and the experiences we have.

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Nymeth said...

I don't believe we never change either, yet I love me some postmodern novels...go figure :P

I'll be reading The Souls of Black Souls before too long and it will be all your fault :P

Zee said...

*evil laugh*

My work here is done. :D

Seriously though, I think it is a work that everyone should read and my students (at lest the Seniors) will be reading it. Maybe not in its entirety but large portions. I think it is that important. And it isn't actually that long either.

Care said...

I do so want to read The Souls of Black Folk per your review. Thank you!
Congrats on a great Feb of reading and here's to a fabulous March!

Zee said...

Thank you!

And the more people who read The Souls of Black Folk the better in my mind :D