Howdy, strangers. I didn’t think I’d be away from the blog for over a week, but I just finished up an intense few days at work and then had a much needed mini-staycation with my family. I’ve read gobs the past few days and that’s been really lovely.
What I Read: In late May I really kicked into a reading frenzy. I finished my re-read of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, which was fabulous except this read I had this tiny tingle of frustration. I don’t give two shits about Pip. Seriously, he is nauseating. I felt a sliver of sympathy for Pip as a child, but nothing past that. He is annoying and I think if he had a Twitter account he would be forever harassing women and then being all upset when women are uninterested in a romance or tell him he is full of crap. No use for Pip. What I really wanted was alternate universe Great Expectations. In an alternate universe, I image Great Expectations is written by George Eliot and centered on Estella. She is by far the most interesting character and I’m more interested in her perceptions (shut up, Pip, no one cares). Great Expectations garnered 4 out of 5 stars for me because I cannot get the alternate universe copy.
The second book I read in less than 24-hours and it had me enthralled. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue was AMAZING. This novel follows a Florence Nightingale trained nurse, Lib, deep into the Irish countryside where Lib has been asked to observe a young girl who claims to have not eaten in four months. The historical detail is vastly interesting and Lib’s story is compelling. I wasn’t sure if deception, cruelty, or God was at play in the novel and it kept me turning the pages. I rated this 5 stars on Goodreads, but it is probably more of a 4.5 as the ending is a bit problematic for me.
What I’m Reading: I’ve been digging into Let Me Tell You by Shirley Jackson. This is a collection of her unpublished and some unfinished work. Mostly good stuff and then really great stuff that isn’t complete and makes me sad because I want more Shirley Jackson.
What’s up Next: My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier is next on my TBR pile!