I’m really happy with the number of books I was able to read during the week. I got to read some classics that have been sitting on my TBR for way too long. My enjoyment levels were pretty 50/50 with what I read, for example, I gave two of the book 3 stars each and the other two books were both 4 star reads. I think next year I’m gonna try to branch out from reading classic banned books and look at more diverse banned books. If you have any recommendations please let me know.
Let’s get into what I read.
Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
I gave this one a solid 3 out of 5 stars. I liked how dark this book got and it was a very thought-provoking read, there’s lots of symbolism within the story and it makes you question human nature and instincts. Also, the fact that there are no women is a very prominent and intentional detail. Lots of questions come up while reading that can’t really be answered and for once it’s not annoying to walk away from a book with more questions.
To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
I loved this! Oh my god, for some reason I didn’t think I would so this sat on my TBR for the last 3 years and I could have read this 3 years ago! I’m not sure why I thought I wouldn’t like it but I’m so happy to be wrong. I enjoyed the writing and the characters. Atticus is definitely my fave, I need to see the movie now and see Gregory Peck portray this character. I loved how radical he was for his time and the way he raised his children to see the world and to question why something is considered right and why something is considered wrong, he raised them with an awareness that you don’t see a lot in literature. I’m probably wrong with that statement, I’m trying to think of another book parent that does that and my mind is b-l-a-n-k.
by Kurt Vonnegut
I’m still not sure how I feel about this book, I liked it more than Slaughterhouse 5. I connected with the humor more in Cats Cradle but it took me so long to understand what the story was even going to be about, I think I was on page 60 when I finally understood where the plot was going to go, and I shouldn’t be 1/4th of the way through the book before I understand the plot.
The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath
I loved this, I’m a little concerned with how much I was able to relate with Esther Greenwood, I think at some point everyone has felt really lost in their life and unable to really find their purpose in life, all of that in addition to the limitations woman had on them during that time period. The book is written in a stream of consciousness and it was more than what I was expecting.