Here’s what I’ve been reading this past month!
The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen – A fairy tale full of wonder, longing and goodness. I suppose a comparison to the syrupy Disney movie is inevitable, which is really too bad as this story has much more depth (the little mermaid seems to longs more for immortality than the love of a certain comely prince). This version has lovely illustrations, too.
The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald – I loved this sweet story! It’s replete with humour, courage and a few touches of the exquisite. I’m looking forward to reading it out loud to my little ones when they’re older.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – started off a little preachy and starchy, but blossomed into a wonderful coming-of-age story replete with absolutely lovely characters and friendships. Definitely a story to read with my infant daughter in ten years!
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – If there was ever a book that exemplifies the modern penchant for “is rather than ought” (my husband’s phrase) in literature, this book is it. Forget about contemplating something true or beautiful – this is life as base and disgusting as it can be. I’m sorry I read it. (My brain needs a shower.)
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh – a slow, rather elegant novel of an outsider observing a family (and way of life) crumbling apart. Certainly wordier and more sumptuous than other books I’ve read by Waugh. Left me feeling unsettled.
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – So very well written, and yet lacking heart. Despite a delightful character or two, and the careful weaving together of a thousand intricate plot lines, I closed the book feeling let down and wondering, “So what?”
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff – a slim volume comprised of several decades worth of letters written between a NY writer and a British bookseller. She’s brash and funny, he’s civil and reserved. It was all right.
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde – a spunky detective story with lots of literary inside jokes. Easy reading. Fforde creates a world that is both obsessed with great books and religiously vapid (a few people worship the Global Standard Deity) – seems incongruous to me.
I’m linking up with Anne of the Modern Mrs. Darcy – head over to her blog to find more itty-bitty book reviews!