First Week!

How’s everyone’s reading coming along? I’ve read about 10% of Red Phoenix and so far it’s okay.

It’s still character building and introducing a lot of people who I still don’t yet remember the names of, but I’m working my way through and reading at every opportunity.

The novel itself sounds interesting, and the reason I chose to read this first is because of my interest in South Korea. I went to Seoul this year and really loved it. So, when I saw this book, I wanted this one to be the first I read due to that connection.

I hope everyone’s enjoying so far! Let me know what you’re reading and how you’re getting along.

[Book Discussion] House Of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

house of leaves

 

Please note: This discussion will only include talks about the book until chapter 16 as time has passed me by and I’ve not finished! 😭

House Of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski is an interesting book for me. From the narrative structure of the novel, to the way the novel is physically laid out.

The novel (up to what I have read), follows two main stories. The Navidson Record, and Johnny Truant. One part the story of a haunted house, set out written like a critical discussion of a film, the other found in the footnotes by Johnny Truant who discovered this novel.

Firstly, the novel is hard. It took me a while to figure out how I should be reading it. The footnotes are extensive and massive. Sometimes taking over whole pages. When I first picked up the book, I found it hard to keep track of what was going on in both stories, but eventually I figured myself out and managed to get a rhythm, which has lead me to where I currently sit at chapter 16.

The story is so engrossing. I’m having so much fun reading it. Up until the point I’ve gotten to, I’ve not encountered too many scares, but the novel has certainly left it’s mark on me. After one particularly heavy reading session, I had nightmares. But, for the most part, the novel is surprisingly a love story. I’m really liking the novel so far, and definitely do plan on finishing it.

The layout of the novel is so interesting. At certain points the writing is back to front, side to side. The best part of the layout for me came when Navy and the gang were at the bottom of the stairs, and all of their sections were at the very bottom of the page, but for those on top of the stairs, the writing was on the top. It’s really hard to explain, but I loved that difference so much. I might have geeked out a bit at that.

There’s so much going on, and I’m so excited to finish reading it!

What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Want to know what we’re reading next month? You can find out here.

[Book Club] November Reading!

Hello,

We’re at that time of the month again! I hope you’re excited for November’s edition of books.

The theme for this one was conspiracy/revolution, following the theme of Guy Fawkes night in the UK.

The chosen books are:

I hope you all like these, and look forward to reading one/all of them!

The Audiobook

I’ve never considered a snob when it comes to reading. I’ll read anything.

Perhaps when I was younger and the e-readers were just coming out and becoming a thing I was perhaps slightly snobby and refused to cave.

Since then, I’ve found the joys in reading on my kindle, but I have also continued my love for the paper book.

I’ve recently also got into audiobooks. I found I was getting really anxious on my drives to and from work, and reading has always been a way of calming down. Unfortunately I can’t read whilst driving.

So, I’ve started to listen to audiobooks. This week, my journey’s have been so much calmer and funner. I’ve been listening to Don Quixote, and it’s been so enjoyable.

The only drawback I’ve found so far is I find I don’t take everything in? But that’s usually when I’m too focused on driving.

I’ve learnt a new way to appreciate literature, and my driving time has been a lot less rage and anxiety filled.

Do you listen to audiobooks?

What’re your recommended audiobooks? Let me know in the comments so I can make a list!

November Reading Suggestions

November approaches ever faster, so let’s get some suggestions going!

In the UK, the 5th of November is Guy Fawkes Night. So, let’s keep going with a theme.

Do you have a conspiracy or a book on treason you’ve been dying to read?

Let me know in the comments and we’ll read it next month!

Your First Memory of Books

My first prominent memory of books and reading comes from my grandmother.

My grandmother was harsh, stern and silent from my memories (she passed away when I was 12), but in her home there was always a locked glass cabinet of books. All of them is various stages of disrepair. I remember always looking at the books, wondering what they were about.

I remember once getting brave enough to ask to read one, and she produced a key seemingly from nowhere, and unlocked it. I wasn’t given a choice, but I was given a book.

I really struggled with it. I wasn’t very old, and the words were foreign and in small writing. I’d never read a book in English before, not on my own. My schooling was all through the medium of Welsh, and thus, all the books I’d ever learnt to read were in Welsh. I’d never encountered an English book on my own before.

Sitting there, I found it really hard, but I remember loving the feel of the pages, turning the pages. But, it had sparked something. I needed to know more.

She never read those books to me, and I struggled to form the sounds of the words in my head as I read them. English words are a lot different to Welsh words, and the letters sound different.

I haven’t seen those books in a long time, and I don’t even remember what they were called. I remember the bright red and yellow covers, I remember the sellotape holding some of them together. But, they were my grandmother’s prized books, and I remember being so excited to get to finally read them.

There are two people in my life who I can thank for my love of literature, and my desire to study literature. The first would be my grandmother, for allowing me to read those books, or at least attempt, and then for her unwavering loyalty to my growing hunger for the page. I remember she used to collect stamps from the paper and get books from stamps just for me.

The second would be my English teacher in comprehensive school. Her passion and enthusiasm for the written word and the joys fo understanding the words presented in front of you inspired me to try and understand literature in the same way.

I have a lot to be grateful for, and I owe these two people a lot for who I am today.

What’s your first memory of books? Let me know!