Not gonna lie, I’m pretty glad this month is over and done with even though I have two major project deadlines looming on the horizon for school. But anyway, here’s what has been going on at the blog for the month of March:
- Books reviewed recently: Jill Santopolo’s The Light We Lost (review), N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season (review), and Anna Burns’ Milkman (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
- Comics reviewed recently include Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (review) and Thor: The Galactus Seed (review). You can read all of the comics I’ve reviewed over at this tag.
- The theme for this year’s Tolkien Reading Day is “Tolkien and the Mysterious.” You can read my thoughts about it over at this post.
And that’s about it about the blog for the month of March! Wishing you a lovely April 🙂
By: Anna Burns
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes ‘interesting’. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.
Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.
So this book entered my radar when it was long-listed, then short-listed, and then won the Man Booker Prize in 2018. The premise sounded interesting, and from what I read about how people reacted to the book, it sounded like a different experience. So I picked it up late last year but it was prompted higher up my TBR queue after seeing it was long-listed for the Women’s Prize in Fiction this year.
Launched in 2003 Tolkien Reading Day event has sparked interest in reading and reading groups across several nations and ages, from primary schoolchildren to university students and library users of all ages. 25th March has significance to Tolkien’s readers, as it is the day of the Downfall of Sauron at the conclusion of the ‘War of the Ring’ in The Lord of the Rings.
– more information about the event here
According to the Tolkien Society, the theme this year is ‘Tolkien and the mysterious.
Happy Tolkien Reading Day! This is a curious topic for this year…The world that Tolkien envisioned is certainly one full of wonder and mystery. From the creation of the world and Edu’s plan to the roles of the Valar and the Maiar, the disappearance of the Ent-wives, what lies beyond the veil and the bonds of the world, the Elves’ departure from Middle Earth to the West…Even the way in which certain characters’ paths meet and end up with he task that is given to them is a mystery in a way. The fellowship encountering the Argonath, monuments from a past age, is a passage filled with awe, majesty, and mystery of the past.
What do you think about this year’s theme? How will you be celebrating Tolkien Reading Day? Last year I mentioned wanting to re-read LOTR and indeed cracked open The Fellowship of the Ring but I’ve been so busy and I’m swamped right now with project and essay deadlines so I might read something smaller…like Bilbo’s Song, lol #stillcounts 🙂
Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).
- Is it the end of April yet? =/
- I attended this exhibit some two weeks ago which was wonderful: Monet! Pissaro! Degas! Cassatt! Van Gogh! I wish I had spent more time–I had work that afternoon so it was basically a drop in to the exhibit and then left–as I would have liked to wander around the permanent collections. Alas, maybe next time.
- School continues to be a bummer, although I’m liking my ethics class. All this group work, I don’t understand. I don’t understand, almost all of us in this programme has some concept of teamwork since we work in the field in some capacity, so why keep shovelling the group work business? Especially as most of us have different work schedules? I’m getting a twitch now every time I have to deal with this, omg…
- Work has also been a bit trying lately. It was hectic in February, sort of eased off at the start of March, and now it’s back to full-on madness. There’s going to be a lot of shuffling around at my workplace because units are moving and opening so I’m seriously considering moving. Again.
- Actually, can I just win the lottery? Pack up and take off and that’s that.
- Speaking of taking off, almost all of the details of my trip have been set. I usually have everything set a lot sooner but because of school and work and my overall mental exhaustion, it’s taken longer lately for me to just carve some time to hammer everything out. Most of the logistical headaches have been sorted out so suffice to say I am excited now 🙂
- Books I’m currently reading: Still slowly working my way through The Saga of Icelanders. I recently finished reading Myke Cole’s The Armoured Saint, re-reading William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, and the comic Thor: The World Eaters written by Matt Fraction so I’m looking at my TBR pile as to what to read next…It’s deadline season so I’m trying to keep it light. Sort of.
- Yup, reading has slowed down again because of everything. Which is a bit frustrating but sometimes I’m just too mentally tired to engage in anything. How do you guys unwind when you’re stressed or life in general is just being too extra?
- On the plus side, prompted after seeing the longest for this year’s Woman’s Prize, I finally read Anna Burns’ Milkman. Review will be posted next week but at least I can say I read one of the books listed this year? Hahaha.
- Did I mention I can’t wait until the end of April? 😛
And that’s it from me! How have you been? How’s your March going?
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. In Jaunary 2018 the meme was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s topic: Books On My Spring 2019 TBR
Kinda exciting but I actually read all of the books I set out to read last winter 🙂 That doesn’t happen all that often these days so hurray!
Anyway, now comes the spring TBR queue…
In no particular order:
- Milkman by Anna Burns — This book was long listed for this year’s Women’s Prize so obviously that means I had to bump it up my TBR queue 😉 EDIT: Finished reading the book before this list went live on my blog, lol. Review will be going live next week.
- The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin — I finally got around to reading The Fifth Season the other week, lol. I’m going to be saddled with final projects and then exams for the next little bit but let’s see if I can squeeze in reading the other two books in the trilogy. I need to know what happens next, lol.
- The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin — See #2
- The Complete Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino — I’m actually bringing this book with me on my holiday next month. I usually don’t get THAT much reading when I’m on holiday but I have to mix it up a bit between sleeping during the flight and writing in my Traveler’s Notebook lol 😀
- The Armoured Saint by Myke Cole — Kept seeing this book around the fantasy lists and whatnot. Bit of a bonus that it’s a novella so I just might get around to reading it.
- Melmoth by Sarah Perry — I forgot which list I saw this book pop up on but the premise sounded so interesting, I couldn’t pass it up! April seems like the perfect time of year to read something gothic, right (other than October)?
- Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie — You can never go wrong reading a mystery novel when you’re swamped with exams…right?
- Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien — This book ends up on my spring TBR list every year…Is this the year I finally read it?
- Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard — And now for a bit of re-reading…For this Lenten season I decided to revisit one of his most famous works, Fear and Trembling. It’s a formative piece, and a piece that I’ve had a long history with. Time permitting and my brain isn’t full of ethics (one of my courses this semester), it’ll be nice to revisit this title.
- Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare — Beware the Ides of March!
And that’s my list of books that I hope to tackle the next few months xD What are you hoping to read this season? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂