In January I read a total of five fiction books! I’m really happy I managed to sail through each of the texts I’ve read so far this year and not had to put a book down because it was so boring. The books I read in January were:
- The Power, by Naomi Alderman 6.5/10.
- The Alloy of Law, by Brandon Sanderson 6.5/10.
- Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli 8/10.
- The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas 8/10.
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7.5/10.
Out of all of the books I read this month, I enjoyed Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens the most. Although it is my first active decision to read an LGBTQ+ novel, I really enjoyed reading about the character’s world. Although I didn’t necessarily ‘come out’, and neither does the main character (by choice anyway), there are so many little things that this book discusses. I felt that this was really important. The inclusion of family problems as well as typical teenage problems was enlightening to read about in a YA text. After this, I will definitely be reaching for novels centred around family relationships as well as more of Becky Albertalli’s work, she really knows how to keep a reader turning the page.
Another two ‘shoutouts’ I guess, are The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas and A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare. Right now, T.H.U.G is incredibly relevant, and I feel no one would come away from this book having not experienced or learnt something about the world. Although the topics are heavy, this didn’t leave me down in the dumps. If anything, I felt empowered after reading Thomas’ novel. A black woman betwixt two worlds standing up for equal rights – hell yes. One of my favourite quotes from the book:
“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”
Not only does this speak volumes for the book, but it’s such a nice quote that promotes equality and self-confidence. I love it.
The second shoutout text is the famous A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare. A great giggle-fest of zany characters introduced me to my English literature module, Shakespeare, Jonson and Company. If anybody knows anywhere in the UK A Midsummer Night’s Dream is going to be performed please comment! Same goes for places on the internet to watch a professional production.
Currently, I’ve just finished reading The Shoemaker’s Holiday by Dekker, another play included in my Shakespeare, Jonson and Company module. Alongside this, I’m also reading A Short Introduction to Shakespeare’s Comedies by Bart van Es. Any recommendations regarding Shakespearean comedy, Jonson’s plays and contextual stuff would be great. I was also thinking of devoting a project page specifically for my Shakespeare, Jonson & Co. module, so keep an eye out for that!
As always, thank you for reading 🙂