I have been reading on and off over January, reading barely at all one week and lots the next. I realised on the 20th that I’d only read 2 books out of the 5 books on my list for the month and I needed to catch up. I’d slumped at the 10% mark on The Goldfinch because the length and thick linguistics had made me want to put it down. I had to read another Lemony Snicket novel before I could jump back on the horse. But once I did, I polished off the rest of the months books one after the other.
The Ersatz Elavator, The Vile Village and The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket
These three chapters of A Series of Unfortunate Events sees progression in the wider story of the Baudelaire orphans. The Quagmire triplets are introduced and their run from the evil Count Olaf becomes a hunt for answers about the fire than killed their parent(s). Still itching to get back to where I left off- the 11th book was released on my 13th birthday in 2004 by which point I had decided that I was way too cool to read books.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The length of a book can very much affect how I feel about the overall story. I don’t like a long book; I feel like a good writer should be concise. They should build your relationship with the characters quickly using certain techniques rather than building compassion using invested time as an impacting factor. I’m afraid to say The Goldfinch wasn’t any different. It felt like I was reading and reading and the story wasn’t progressing. I had to give up on this for a while and come back to it.
The Game by Neil Strauss
Another unnecessarily long book, although this is a much more popular opinion than the former. The pace slows towards the middle of the book and it all gets a bit Deja Vu. Some of it is completely fascinating and other bits are a bit Deja Vu…(like what I did there?)
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
I saved the best for last. I have wanted to read this for so bloody long and I’m so happy that I’m finally reading it. But now it’s February 3rd and I’m still only half way through so I better get cracking on!