These past few weeks have been totally overwhelming with all the reading that I need to do for university! Every week I’m reading a different novel, so it’s been a bit difficult to keep up with posting on my blog. However, I thought that it would be a good idea if I updated you all on what I’m reading at the moment and what I think of these books! Only one and a half (I’ll explain) are for university purposes, but they’re all quite interesting and fun in their own ways.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Date Started: 7 February
Currently On: Page 84 of 662
I started The Name of the Wind at the beginning of last month yet I’ve barely made any progress. It was just before I went back to university (yes, bad idea, I know) and I was very excited to get into it, but my university commitments eventually caught up with me and I wasn’t able to squeeze in the time to read it. I might only be on page 84, but it’s been so captivating so far! I wasn’t too sure what to expect from it. It has this very interesting reflexive narrative style and plays quite a bit with the coming-of-age story, which I really like! The genre is definitely fantasy, but it still feels quite pastoral and archaic, which results in this really weird (but awesome!) creation where I don’t really know what sort of world it’s set in. I’m thoroughly enjoying it, though, so hopefully, I can dive back into it at some time soon!
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Date Started: 17 March
Genre: Classic Fiction
Currently On: Page 133 of 273
I actually read The Scarlet Letter last month but need to read it again in preparation for an essay that I’m writing for my American Literature class. However, I don’t really mind re-reading it because I actually enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. There’s something about the way that it’s written that I find to be so gripping (except for the “The Custom-House” chapter – it’s pretty terrible). The story itself is also quite intriguing and I found there to be more mystery and suspense to it than I was expecting. I gave this novel a rating of 4 stars and I think that many people would enjoy this if they gave it a try! The language is quite easy to understand and the story never gets boring, which is often rare in a classic, so I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an enjoyable classic! If you would like more recommendations for enjoyable classics then check out this post!
The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) by Brandon Sanderson
Date Started: 19 March
Genre: High Fantasy
Currently On: Page 164 of 763
I am SO excited about this book! I read the first book in the Mistborn trilogy, The Final Empire (check out my review for it here)at the beginning of last year and really enjoyed it. However, it was my first proper venture into the high fantasy genre and so it took me some time to get through. I couldn’t delve straight into The Well of Ascension afterwards because I was still recovering from reading the first one. But I have finally gotten around to it and started reading this novel just over a week ago. I’m making really good progress and really loving it! The main reason why I’m reading it right now is because I’m going to write my thesis on The Final Empire, but my supervisor said I should finish the trilogy before I can really start writing it. So, technically speaking, this is half for university purposes and half not. Whilst I’m essentially reading it so that I know how the story progresses in order to write my thesis, I’m not going to be writing on this specific novel, so it’s also just a fun, personal read right now.
I’m so excited about all three of these novels, even though I have to read most of them a lot more critically than I usually would if I were reading for fun. The Name of the Wind is great, but I’m struggling to find the time to continue with it. The Scarlet Letter is also really enjoyable, and I’m finding that I still like it when reading it a second time around. Lastly, The Well of Ascension is such a fun and great sequel (so far), so I’m looking forward to seeing how it progresses! Hopefully I’ll be done with all three of these soon so that I can move onto a few other amazing novels that I’m looking forward to. Wish me luck!
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