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Wednesday, 22 May 2019

April Reading Wrap-Up//May TBR


Every single time I think I'm getting over my Reading OCD and rediscovering my passion for reading, I hit a stumbling block and end up right back at square one. But I have a plan. A cunning plan. I'm going to retrain my brain when it comes to reading, go back to basics as it were. I'll explain more about that in a minute, but first here's a look back at the few books I did manage to read in April.


I'm currently (or was) working through the Penguin Little Black Classics collection I received at Christmas. There are some really great short stories/anthologies in this collection, but As Kingfishers Catch Fire(**) was not one of them. Man, Gerard Manley Hopkins is obsessed with nature. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the multi-coloured trees in Autumn, the lush green grass in Spring. But this guy takes it too far, and to be honest, his poetry is boring. Sorry ot be harsh. He's long dead though, so, you know. The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-tongue(***) however was a whole different kettle of fish. I really enjoyed this tale; it reminded me a little bit of a Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale. 



On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts(****) is actually a re-read. When the Penguin Little Black Classics were first released, a couple of years ago now I think, I purchased a handful of ones that really appealed to me until I could get the whole set. This was one of them. But I was glad to re-read it as it was one I loved back when I first read it. And I loved it again. Aphorisms on Love and Hate(****) is one I didn't expect to like, but like I did. I found myself laughing out loud at parts, and nodding my head in understanding at other parts. A fantastic read.

So, if you've made it this far, I shall reward you by letting you in on my cunning plan to beat Reading OCD. As I hinted at before, I'm going back to basics. For a few years now, I've been buying books for our future kids. I want them to grow up to be a bookworm just like me. And not book averse, like my husband. I decided to start reading these children's books myself, to rediscover my passion for reading and teach my brain it can absorb the information without re-reading the same paragraph a thousand times. Whether it will work remains to be seen, but I have worked my way through about half the pile of children's books I've collected and am doing well so far. Here's a small sample of the books I'm planning to read this month.





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