This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what’s on your reading list this week…
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• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
Wow, it’s been a while since I did one of these posts! I’m right back to being a newbie again 🙂
I have the time and opportunity at the moment given that I have been furloughed from my job, for at least 3 weeks, due to the impact of Covid-19. Not ideal but every cloud and all that…so I could be around for a little while yet.
I’m reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
And loving it! I’ve never read it before and because it’s a bit of a whopper at over 600 pages, now is perfect timing. Also, it’s being screened this week by National Theatre Live as part of the Free At Home events.
Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. Hard.
But there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall. Is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again?
I recently finished The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger
This was a re-read for me as it was a book club choice. Hated it the first time around but did manage to see a lot more positives and found more empathy for Holden in a second read.
The Catcher in the Rye is J . D. Salinger’s world-famous novel of disaffected youth.
Holden Caulfield is a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school.
Navigating his way through the challenges of growing up, Holden dissects the ‘phony’ aspects of society, and the ‘phonies’ themselves: the headmaster whose affability depends on the wealth of the parents, his roommate who scores with girls using sickly-sweet affection.
Written with the clarity of a boy leaving childhood behind, The Catcher in the Rye explores the world with disarming frankness and a warm, affecting charisma which has made this novel a universally loved classic of twentieth-century literature.
What’s up next? The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
I borrowed this book from a temporary member of staff at work, still unread, and not sure when I’ll see the owner again, if at all. Looks like it’s gonna be a big books month!!
More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.
Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.
As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.
What do you make of my choices this week?
Do share what you’re reading and recommendations in the comments…