I’d like to read…

I’d like to say that after finishing exams I’ve been reading non stop but then I’d be lying. It has been just over a month since exams finished and the delirium of freedom has not faded and I’m going to Vienna for a few days tomorrow which was quite spontaneous and reflects the attitude that I have towards this summer. So I haven’t read as much as I would have liked this summer but that is okay, and I’m going to Portugal at the end of this month so I will be able to devour a few books then. I love talking about books, and so this post that is totally inspired by Katie is the inspiration I perhaps am in need of.

But what have I read lately? Normal People was both compelling yet vaguely disappointing in its outcome. I couldn’t help myself feeling more and more perturbed by what I was reading purely because the course of the story didn’t exactly turn out how I wanted it to. The story follows the lives of Marianne and Connell and their journey through education, starting as incredibly different people compared to the novels end. Perhaps it was more an accurate reflection of life but I didn’t want, nor need to read such a story. Sally Rooney’s way of writing was at points quite beautiful and her characterisation was delightful. Whilst I can appreciate Normal People, it made me realise that you don’t just have to like a book because it has got a lot of hype, sometimes it just doesn’t click.

The Great Gatbsy was a modern classic that I had been meaning to read for a while and it truly did not disappoint. I’ve been holding off watching the film until I finished it so you bet I’m currently watching it as I’m writing this post. The language was so delicious and it wasn’t what I expected in the slightest, I don’t know why but I felt like it would be like A Catcher In The Rye, a novel that I never actually finished because I didn’t take to the narrative. I definitely want to read more of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work.

Set in Ireland in 1833, Translations by Brian Friel was a play that both satisfied my passion for languages and the notion of translation and its problems as well as the fact that it is one of those plays one constantly thinks about after reading it. The play somewhat requires knowledge on the history of Ireland and the occupation of the British as a colonial power and has definitely made me want to know more about Irish history. In my last book post I mentioned the novel Milkman, a book loosely inspired by the Troubles and the play has just fuelled my desire to learn more about Irish history; there are so many plays/novels that have taken their inspiration from Ireland which to me is just so fascinating.

I’m currently reading Virginia Woolf, The Waves. It’s satisfying my desire for a summer read that is both poetic and fascinating, although I admit I kind of just want to read a trashy romance novel and I think that’s where I’ve gone wrong in my whole ‘I’m not reading enough this summer’. As I’m not doing English Literature at uni I somehow wanted to devour every notable modern classic under the sun which is great but probably not going to inspire me to get back into reading one novel after the other in quick succession. I’ve read Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own and loved the commentary but her fiction… like wow. To The Lighthouse was another book of hers that I borrowed from the library which I think I’ll bring on holiday.

Books I’d like to read:

  • A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara (SO MANY good reviews)
  • The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
  • The Mandarins, Simone de Beauvoir (it’s a very chunky book so not one to read in French)
  • To The Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
  • On The Road, Jack Kerouac
  • Rebecca, Daphne de Maurier
  • Crudo, Olivia Laing (I’ve read The Lonely City and utterly adored it so I can’t wait to read Crudo)
  • Outline, Rachel Cusk

Writing this post has actually inspired me to get back into reading and to stop going on my phone because since exams have finished I have more than doubled my screen time which is just what I didn’t want to happen (something I am, however, going to change). What are you reading lately and do you have any recommendations?

lots of love, eleanor xx

3 Comments

  1. Erin Grace 21st July 2019 at 2:15 pm

    I haven’t read as much as I have hoped to either this summer, I think because I haven’t had any inspiration as to what to read, so I will be checking out your recommendations and hopefully will get into it more! Enjoy your time in Vienna and Portugal too, where abouts are you off to there? x

    Erin // Everything Erin

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  2. Katie Hunter 21st July 2019 at 4:37 pm

    woo so glad i inspired you (I havent actually read much this summer yet either, in reality im avoiding anything academic for a few weeks haha).
    I have big thoughts on your reviews lol. Normal People I haven’t yet read, but what you say about is exactly how I felt about Conversations with Friends, that it was uncomfortable and almost painful, but I decided that it was actually probably a ‘real’ reflection of characters (unlike most novels), which in fact made it uncomfortable–because you use literature to avoid reality. I kind of liked it for this though, when I couldnt appreciate it as literary skill, rather than enjoyment .
    I adore Gatsby, and always have–but was super disappointed with the film, I feel like it didnt capture the essence of it??? How are you finding The Waves? I tried to read it last summer and just got so frustrated with the narrative style, but maybe I need to give it another go and appreciate that as part of the magic of her work??
    Hope you have a magical time in Vienna, I’ve always wanted to go!!! x x x

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  3. ISi ♥︎ 29th July 2019 at 10:27 am

    Loved this post! I also love reading and so upset I am not reading as much as I used to anymore. I also loved The Great Gatsby, was a delightful read that was.

    Some of my favourites include: Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky; The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Some of my Italian favourites are: Bébo’s Girl(La la ragazza di Bube) by Carlo Cassola; I’m not scared (Io non ho paura ) by Niccolò Ammanniti. One, No One, and One Hundred Thousand( Uno, Nessuno e Centomila) by Luigi Pirandello.
    If you haven’t’ read these I highly recommend them. If you have, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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