First, I’m proud to finally say I met most of my reading goals for the month. I did however deviate quite a bit from my TBR pile and ended up reading quite a few other books instead. This was mostly because school took up more of my time than I had anticipated and I am pretty terrible at sticking to TBR piles.
Title: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
Author: Gregory Maguire
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
I started this book almost two months ago and kept putting it down to pick up something else. It wasn’t really bad but it did seem to drag on in spots. I lost interest and had to struggle through the second half. After finishing it, I can’t say I was terribly moved by any part of it. Definitely one of those books that I consider to be over-hyped. I liked the idea behind the book but the actual writing style and plot didn’t speak to me.
Title: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
This was my second reading of this book and honestly, I don’t even like this series. I’m re-reading it as a refresher before I tackle City of Heavenly Fire. Reading this book reminded me how much I am out-growing YA. I find the narrator annoying, the plot predictable, and the dialogue unamusing. I would have really loved these books five years ago so I won’t trash it too much but this will likely be my last reading of this series.
Author: Jean Racine
Rating: 3/5 stars
I read this play in English for my literature class. I generally shy away from plays due to some poor high school experiences. I was however pretty pleased with this one. It didn’t drag and despite the archaic language it was understandable. I’m really glad that this was a required reading because I would never have read it otherwise. I can’t say it’s a favourite and Phaedra made me want to strangle her (I think that may be the point) but I did get some enjoyment out of it.
Title: The Life of St. Gemma Galgani
Author: Venerable Fr. Germanus, C.P.
To put it simply, I loved this book. I picked it up thinking it was going to be a long and dull read but hoping I would at least learn something. I was surprised to find it a very easy read that kept me interested the whole time. This book was a perfect way to start Lent and was really inspirational.
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Here we have another reading assignment for World Literature. I can say that I really hated this work. It’s rather disappointing because I am a huge fan of The Sorrows of Young Werther by the same author. But, I found Faust to be too long, boring, hard to follow, and just not worth the time it took to read.