Spring has finally arrived! Sunny evenings are here. Daffodils are still dotted around in some places (just about). And I’ve had a month of mixed reading experiences. It started off on a high note though, so that was nice.
When you read library books you don’t always haven’t access to all the books you want for your photo.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I began reading Affinity by Sarah Waters in February. I had the joy of finishing it in March. Sarah Waters can be a bit hit and miss for me, but this one definitely hit the spot. This was the first book I’d read in quite a while that sucked me into the story, the writing, the characters, and the world. She held me in suspense and the eerie setting of Millbank Prison was captured perfectly. The ending of the book left me devastated in a really good way, which is always a plus as far as I’m concerned. Eternal thanks to Sarah Waters for existing and writing.
Then we moved on to Revival by Stephen King. I’ve only read a couple of King’s books, but I enjoyed the ones I’ve read before and I fancied something slightly trashy and easy-going. It started off well; the story gripped me and it was easy to read. Then it all started to go wrong in the last third of the book. Characters’ choices became utterly unbelievable, the sexism became way too much to deal with, and the plot started dragging. Also, there was a whole paragraph where our narrator talked about how hot a dead woman was. So by the end of the book I was just glad that the experience was over.
I tried reading The Ancient Garden by Hwang Sok-Yong, but after 85 pages I just couldn’t get into it. I picked it up when I went to withdraw it from our library because it was falling apart. The title caught my eye and the premise sounded interesting, so I thought I’d take it home to read it. But I couldn’t get into the writing, and it wasn’t focusing on the aspect I was interested in (how our main character struggled with re-integrating into modern society after two decades in prison). I don’t make myself finish books I’m not enjoying, so this one’s going on the “abandoned” pile.
I picked up The Mysterious Mr Quinn by Agatha Christie without knowing it was a short story collection, so that was a surprise! It was fairly entertaining, but that’s about all I can say on it really. I enjoyed some stories more than others, and none of the “reveals” took my hugely by surprise, but it was a pleasant enough read.
After wanting to read it since its release, I finally got around to Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me: and Other Essays. This was such a great essay collection and I know I’m going to re-read it again and again. There’s a lot of statistics packed into her essays, which just made the points that she made hit home all the more. I didn’t enjoy the Virginia Woolf essay so much, but that didn’t detract from my overall appreciation. It was wonderful.
Are you enjoying spring-like weather where you are? Or are you in that southern hemisphere and experiencing the delights of autumn instead? I hope that you’ve all read some beautiful books recently.
Love Lydia x