January Wrap Up and February TBR

It’s time guys, it’s our first Wrap Up of 2018… and to say it was an average month would be the only fair assessment.

As you’ll see, this month I only read books for uni and they all ended up being 3-star and 4-star reads.

Like I said, it was a fairly average month.

Since these were all uni books, I don’t think I can do my usual wrap up, so instead, I’m going to shake things up and try to do a one-line review for each of these books. Let’s see how that goes…

Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass by Fredrick Douglass

3-star

An interesting slave narrative, but it’s super political so I don’t know if I’d say it was emotive/enjoyable.

Ennui by Maria Edgeworth

3-star

Ennui is right, this book (despite a fairly interesting plot/character) was really boring to read, it took me ages!

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

4-stars

Amazing! Loved hearing about slavery from a female perspective, the domestic setting of this narrative was really unique.

Carmilla by J Sheridan Le Fanu

4-stars

A classic, and a really quick read – great if you’re interested in Dracula but want to ease yourself in.

The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe

4-stars

I mean, it’s no Tell-Tale Heart, but it’s still pretty good – I love a good detective story every now and then.

The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

3-star

I didn’t like this one as much as the sequel, it was a bit too gory/graphic for my taste.

The Rising of the Moon by Lady Gregory

3-star

A really short play that was pretty interesting but just left me feeling a bit unsatisfied – it was literally like a 15-minute read!

Cathleen Ni Houlihan by W.B. Yeats

4-stars

Since I love Irish literature and plays, this was kind of amazing, I loved the use of the Cathleen Ni Houlihan myth, it’s one I didn’t know a whole lot about.

The Man of the Crowd by Edgar Allan Poe

3-star

Flaneur central! Not my favourite by a long shot, but it’s a good text to study if you’re interested in urbanisation/the flaneur himself.

The Shaughraun by Dion Boucicault

4-stars

This was my favourite read of the month, I found it really interesting and it was long enough that I was properly invested in it – best of both worlds.

William Wilson by Edgar Allan Poe

3-star

Such a bizarre story, it wasn’t bad, just not a piece I enjoyed particularly.

The Colleen Bawn by Dion Boucicault

3-star

Obviously, I loved the Shaughraun, and I think I was just expecting too much when I went into this one. It’s an interesting enough play with an interesting cast of characters, the difference being that I found a lot of these guys pretty dislikable!

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And that’s it, 11 books. I’m not sure if I’m going to do stats this month, but if you guys want them I’ll backtrack and do it for you next month.

I hope you all had a wonderful start to your reading year, make sure to let me know how you’re getting on in the comments down below! See you there!

 

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