I find it hard to believe that I actually read this many books in March. I feel like I had a really unsuccessful reading month, but as I gathered up my titles for this post I found I was actually doing okay.
I guess the bulk of my failure comes from the fact that I only read one book from my TBR, the rest were all either for school or random reads.
As always, we’ll start with some stats:
Disgrace by JM Coetzee
+ Easy to read (in comparison to other uni texts)
+ Loved the South African setting
+ Really interesting narration
+ Quite interesting and unique (more than I can say for most of my uni reads this semester)
– Some of the plot points made me a little uncomfortable.
+ Interesting concept
+ Started off well, I got through the first third in a flash
– I really grew to dislike Flora’s character
– I didn’t like the presentation of Flora’s parents, particularly her mother
– The repetitive narrative was difficult to stomach in places, despite its necessity
+ Really creative way of evaluating your life
+ Loved the simplicity of the 2 step process
+ I have since utilised the principle of the ‘personal policy’ and it works a treat
+ Really funny in places, Knight brings in a lot of her own experiences
– The use of explicit language was a real downer for me
+ Mare remains one of my absolute favourite heroines in literature – she’s badass
+ I loved the Mare/Cal cuteness in this instalment
+ This series is really wonderful because I have not yet encountered a filler book (you know the one, like ‘The Elite’ in the Selection series, we could have easily skipped it)
+ This wasn’t the last book so I don’t have to give up on it quite yet
– This wasn’t the last book and now I have to wait until February to read the next instalment.
Chain of Custody by Anita Nair
+ I think this is the first book I’ve ever read that was set in India
+ The writing was really cinematic, it felt like reading a movie (if that makes sense)
+ A really interesting look at child trafficking
– I wasn’t overly fond of any of the characters, I didn’t hate them, but they didn’t leave any lasting impression
– Some really painful to read rape scenes in here
+ Nice concept, I loved the idea of painting a trend like minimalism in a more sinister light
+ Really quick to read, brought me one book closer to my Goodreads goal
– Hated the treatment of Down Syndrome in this book
– I wasn’t expecting the ending, but I also wasn’t surprised by it – which I can imagine is actually a paradox that’s difficult to achieve
– The sexual content felt out of places and trivial in the context of this story
+ There’s no disputing that Woolf is a great writer
+ The interlinking of the characters’ lives was interesting to unfold
+ It’s short (again, more than I can say for most of my uni reads)
– I’m sure if you know anything about Mrs Dalloway, you’ll know that it’s hard to follow
– Impossible to find quotes when you’re trying to write an essay because it doesn’t have chapters (grr)
So, there we go! 7 books isn’t too bad I suppose. I’m very excited for my Easter holidays, I plan to take a long break from uni books and dive back into the world of contemporaries – I miss them!
All in all, it just wasn’t a great month for reading, I’m sad that there are still no 5 stars in my 2017 stats, if you’ve read anything really amazing lately let me know, I’m open to suggestions!