From here on out, on the last day of each month I will be posting a re-cap of the books I read during that month. My (seemingly unattainable) goal is to read 50 books this year — speaking of, you should check out Katie’s 50 Book Challenge blog — so this will be a little way to track my progress.
It’s been a slow month. With getting back into the swing of school and work, I haven’t had a ton of time for reading. (I hate when people say they “don’t have time” for the things they want to do, though — post on that coming soon.) I only got the entire way through two books!
I started off the year reading The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht. Okay, I actually started it Dec. 30, but I’m counting it as January. But anyway. I really loved this book. Obreht’s beautifully written debut novel tells the story of a young doctor in a war-torn Balkan country trying to piece together the mysterious consequences of her grandfather’s death, and is infused with the fascinating, magical stories told to her by her grandfather. She looks to the story of the Deathless Man for answers and discovers the story her grandfather never told her: that of the tiger’s wife. Deeply rooted in the oral storytelling tradition of the Balkans, the book blurs the lines between myth and reality.
Over three weeks ago, I started reading Anna Karenina. I’ve currently read about 620 pages out of 750, and will hopefully finish it by the end of the week! I’ll save my thoughts on it until I’ve finished reading.
I also read The Awakening by Kate Chopin for my English class (Modern American Lit). Edna, an upper-class woman of New Orleans society in 1900, struggles with her growing dissatisfaction with her role as wife and mother. Although she has a wonderful outward life — a kind husband, fine clothes, a big house — she yearns for freedom and independence, to run from society’s expectations of women. I’m in no way doing this novel justice with this description, and I don’t want to give anything away, but it is a very interesting look at the conflicts of modernity and Edna’s difficult decision between a caged life of comfort and a life of terrifying freedom.
Finally, I started reading Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser, also for my English class.