I’m currently reading three books at the moment, The Help, Possession and The Iliad. However, like I said on my last video, it’s exam period and I only have three weeks until my first university exams commence therefore I doubt that I would have moved on from these three books before the end of my exams which is in May. That feels really depressing but I suppose reading is a sacrifice I have to make at this time of year. Just a month and a half to go and I can start reading again properly!
First of all your blog & youtube has helped me rediscover my love for reading. That I must thank you for. Secondly if you haven’t read ‘The girl with the dragon tattoo’ by Steig Larsson already, I highly recommend it. The symmetry of dual story lines with Mikael Blomkvist & Lisbeth Salander coming into one and branching off at crucial points is quite brilliant. Finally, keep up the good work you’ve been doing! Cheers! Jesse Michael.
I just saw this message in my inbox but there was no reply option so pardon me publishing it on here Jesse, but I really would love to say an immense thank you for such a lovely note!
It’s such an wonderful thing to hear that I assisted someone to find their way back to books (because those little guys need all the love they can get! (: ) I haven’t started it yet but I am thoroughly looking forward to reading it, even more so now you’ve sent me a personal recommendation, thank you ever so much! Your support really does mean a lot to me, I can’t thank you enough, I hope I maintain a decent standard for you all, I try my hardest, but please let me know if I slip! Thank you again ever so much.
I shan’t be saying much on this as I have to first write my official book review for it and it shall be discussed in my next vlog, but as a brief entry for today I shall say: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is my answer for today (:
Well, ok, everyone knows my favourite book is a fiction book, so rather than repeating myself I think I’ll mention my favourite American fiction book, you know, so it differs from all my stereotypical responses of Evelyn Waugh and Jane Austen etc. So, drumroll please…..
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I will have to show you guys my edition of this novel, because it screams adoration. When I go home in a couple of months I shall do a bookshelf tour and show all my gorgeous babies. Anyway, I read this book on my last holiday, which was when I was fifteen years old, in Italy. (sadly, my family can’t afford holidays so I’ve only been on a couple in my lifetime!) However, this shall be my holiday read for always. And holiday just happens to be my life. I literally woke up and started reading, I stopped swimming and carried on reading, I ate and read with this novel - something which I never do because I’m really conscious about eating and reading and being rude at the dinner table, but with this book I honestly couldn’t give a damn. I wanted to name my daughter Harper after this amazing novel, but now the Beckhams have called their daughter it, they’ve ruined it for me and I can’t any more haha (:
Let me tell you a little unknown fact about me. Through my teenage years I didn’t read novels very often, I wasn’t interested in fiction so much. Why? Because, well, my passion was in science. Truth is, when I was applying for University, I literally had to flip a coin if I wanted to study English Literature and Classics or study Medicine (I had the grades to do either degree), but as you all know, I picked the first option. I’m proud that I did, I have no regrets, this is definitely where I belong, but I’ll always have a soft spot for my science and my memories as a science geek at school. So, naturally, this is my favourite nonfiction book, purely because it meant so much to me growing up. I’d like to re-read it sometime soon actually, perhaps not this year (I have so much work!) but it’s certainly not a ‘one read only’ book (:
I’ve discussed my relationship with this novel before but it will always be the novel that sticks out in my head at the first book school gave me which got me excited. Up until this point in my life a book that was studied at school hadn’t moved me in the slightest. I found them all so boring and the lessons so tedious. This utterly changed that, but I suppose this was our first ‘English Lesson’. English lessons at school up until the age of ten, from what I can remember, was still teaching us how to read, we read books which evaluated our reading strength and we had to answer little questions of the little stories we just read and so on so forth. You used to work your way up to higher level books. Of course they were boring books which came with questions, they were published purely for teaching children how to read so they hadn’t been engaging. Of Mice and Men however was my first proper novel (well, no, we did The Midnight Garden but I remember hating that book. Everyone raves about it but I think because I had such an awful teacher read this book it put me off for life) Anyway gosh, went off on a tangent there! Back to answering the question, this still remain one of my favourite all time novels. It introduced me to American literature as well as opening my eyes to what novels were capable of doing. Much love to you Steinbeck, wherever you are.
Wow! That's certainly a lot of reading! One more question, if you don't mind! Do you read multiple books at the same time?
I do if I’m finding one book hard and a slow read, I tend to read an easier book simultaneously so I can jump from one book to another. So, if I feel like reading but I can’t face a difficult read, I’ll pick up the lighter option (:
Well, I read for my degree, I spend every day 9-5 working towards it, bar sundays, and throughout those eight hours I read, and yes I have a lunch break but I read through that too so I spend at least eight hours a day reading (: