Hi there, everyone! I just joined this “Books & Reading” group, and I’m excited to find new suggestions and opinions here.
I have been on a bit of a reading kick lately (at least, more than I usually do. I’m a very slow reader generally). In my efforts to procrastinate my homework for actual English classes, I have been reading a lot instead. Just this week I finished two books by Haruki Murakami, a Japanese author I’d heard a lot of good things about on YouTube (mostly just Jack Edwards, he’s basically all I watch). The books I read, “First Person Singular: Stories” and “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running,” were both very contemplative and thought-based. There was not a lot of plot, but I actually still enjoyed them a lot because of the fascinating ideas he was throwing around. The former is a collection of short stories (possibly about his own life?) and the latter was a memoir of sorts. Both were very good, and very fast reads. 4 stars on Goodreads.
I also just finished “Beautiful World, Where Are You” by Sally Rooney. I have heard SO much about this author, and this is the first book I’ve read by her. Honestly, I think it’s her lowest-rated, but that was fine with me because I still thoroughly enjoyed it. This was also very contemplative, but in a different direction. Lots of diving into relationships and sex. The main characters were so well-developed, down to the tiniest details, like a weird phone glitch. I read it so fast, I cannot wait to read some of her other books.
I’m currently enrolled in a class at my university about Jane Austen. So far, we have read “Sense and Sensibility” (my least favorite of her novels), “Love and Freindship,” “Northanger Abbey,” and “Lady Susan.” Next up is “Pride and Prejudice,” one of my all-time favorites! The 2005 film is my comfort movie.
Anyway, I’m excited to keep reading! My goal for the year is 45 books, and so far I’ve read 9. I try to start off strong to account for the drop-off in reading during finals season. Please let me now if you’ve also read and enjoyed these books; I’d love to hear suggestions! I look forward to using this page more!