It seems that my December has been swept up in Ferrante fever! I raced through the remaining three books in the Neapolitan series and I’m still wondering about Elena and Lila as if I knew them personally. In between these books (and Christmas) I also managed to see a couple of exhibitions that I was really excited about and didn’t want to miss whilst in London. The first was by the dissident artist Ai Weiwei at The Royal Academy and the second was Big Bang Data at Somerset House. What was even more wonderful about these exhibitions was that I had never been to either of these places before and they were beautiful! At the beginning of the month I saw a fantastic production of Jane Eyre at the National Theatre. It was truly stunning – the actors were incredible and the woman who played Mr Rochester’s first wife (aka ‘the mad woman in the attic’) had a hauntingly atmospheric voice as she sang throughout the production. I recommend everyone to try and get hold of some tickets before it closes on 10th January! The friend I went with also introduced me to Popshot Magazine, which focuses on contemporary prose and poetry with some beautiful illustrations dotted throughout.
- The Pankhursts: The History of One Radical Family by Martin Pugh
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
- The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
- Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante
- The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
2016 Reading Projects:
As 2015 is coming to an end it’s time to look forward to new challenges! I’m not going to make any resolutions this year as they are always asking to be broken but instead I am going to partake in a couple of reading projects! The first, which I am really excited about, is Ali’s #Woolfalong. Although I have studied Virginia Woolf a few times during university, I haven’t taken the time to enjoy Woolf’s work on my own. Ali’s #Woolfalong is great because there is a lot of variety to choose from throughout the year and it will also be great to interact with fellow participators as I have always found Woolf’s writing to be quite challenging at times. I will start the project by reading To The Lighthouse as I have only studied it once before (as opposed to Mrs Dalloway, which I have studied numerous times).
Ali’s #Woolfalong has come at the perfect time as it fits quite nicely into the Women’s Classic Literature Event run by the Classics Club. I wrote a blog post here which outlines the main writers I will focus on.
The next challenge I want to have a go at is the TBR Triple Dog Dare over at James Reads Books. This means that I can’t buy or read any new books for the first three months of 2016. This will be good as it will force me to clear some of the books I have on my Kindle, though in these past few days I have been cheating a bit by buying quite a lot of new books on there! As I will be moving abroad again in just over a week, I want to try and curb my book-buying this time so that means getting to know and love my Kindle more!
The last challenge I will be taking part in is #ReadDiverse2016. I was gutted I missed #diversedecember which focused on raising the profile of BAME authors so I am glad to be able to question my reading habits in 2016 and read more diverse authors who aren’t as well publicised. There have been a wealth of recommendations all over Twitter this past month so I can’t wait to start!
I hope everyone has a happy New Year!