You may think that an English Literature graduate would be used to reading multiple books in a week. And you would be right! However, the majority of the texts I studied were actually plays, and are of course significantly shorter than your average novel.
So this month I’m really pleased with how many books I have managed to read! It may not sound like a lot to some people, but four books in four weeks really is an accomplishment for me!
I’m aiming to read 40 books this year, and I am hoping that I’ll be able to maintain this reading momentum throughout the year!
Please feel free to comment if you have read any of the following books, or if you have any tips on how to prevent potential reading slumps 🙂
Saga Volume 4 – Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
This graphic novel series has me completely hooked! I can easily read a volume in one sitting, and I am always left wanting more. The art is simply stunning! Set in the midst of an ongoing war between two planets, the story follows the adventures of a renegade couple and their family who are on the run from the authorities. It is full of unlikely humour from start to finish and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next instalment!
Havisham – Ronald Frame
A prequel and retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic, Great Expectations, this novel tells the story of Catherine Havisham and how she came to be the literary icon so many people are familiar with. (I have written a full review of this on my blog already.)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children- Ransom Riggs
This first instalment of a young adult paranormal series is a gripping introduction to both the characters and the world. One of the most enthralling books I’ve read for a long time. A real page turner! I would highly recommend it to both teens and adults! (Full review here).
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Set in a alternative dystopian future in what used to the USA, where the Caucasian race us under threat of dying out. We follow the story of Offred, a handmaid, who is presented with the choice: breed or die. It took me a little while to get into this one, but I was so glad when I did. The unreliable narrative makes it nearly impossible to put down! Some of the themes that Atwood addresses are disturbingly relevant to modern times. Definitely an eye opener. Would highly recommend to any lover of dystopian fiction.