November Wrap-Up & December To-Be-Read
As per the Instagram, I had four books that I wanted to finish before the end of November:
• Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
• What Maisie Knew by Henry James
• We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
• The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
Did I actually finish them??? After a final reading-binge packed into the last seven days of the month, I’m pleasantly surprised to announce that I ALMOST did!! So here are a couple mini-reviews for the books.
• Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut – 4/5: This was a pretty good book and there were moments and quotes in it that will stick with me. I loved that the linearity of time was ignored, and Vonnegut’s absurdist take on a series of tragic events. While the brutality of war was acknowledged, he also showed how ridiculous war really was.
• What Maisie Knew by Henry James – 1/5: I aggressively DNF-ed this book. I try to read a classic every month but realised too late that this was only a classic because it was, at the time, a great condemnation of society and of the irresponsible from the child’s perspective. For me personally, there was very little emotional or literary payoff from deciphering the never-ending sentences. Even James’s contemporaries either loved or hated the book. I hated it.
• We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter – 3.5/5: Full Review Here
• The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty – 4/5: Full Review Here
As for December, between apartment hunting in NY and actually moving I’ve decided to try and read another four books.
• Blood Will Out by Jo Treggiari
• The Trial by Franz Kafka, which I bought at the Kafka Museum in Prague!
• The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
This is an odd TBR though because most of my books are packed up, so these are the only unread books I have out. The fourth book is unknown for now, because I’m going to NY on December 5th to apartment hunt and I’ll probably do a bit of book shopping then. Let me know if you have any must-reads!!