Welcome back to Tea and Paperbacks! Sorry for the late wrap up, I’ve been reading and commenting on so many of your wrap up posts, and they all sound so exciting. I can’t believe it’s already June, I feel like May was quite a long month and not to mention productive in terms of reading. I started several books and finished quite a few. I also went on a vacation, which sort of reduces the time I spent reading but I also found that I read quite a lot on the plane and in between trips. But anyways, let’s just jump into the books and what I thought about them!
Books Read in May
The thing about reading a book about talking and communication when you’re an introvert and hate social interactions, is that you know that you have to read it, but you just don’t want to. I think that despite of the fact that I was basically forced to read this book, this is a compact and well-written book. I’ve heard a lot about Larry King, my parents loved him and if there is a person that is most qualified to write a book about how to talk to people, it’s definitely him. The way he narrates this book is also great, I liked how he doesn’t show off the fact that he’s a good speaker and that he’s very experienced in that field, but he also gives great tips while also adding examples from his own personal experience here and there. The structuring of this book is also useful and quite informative without being all over the place and boring.
I think the main problem is from myself, the reader. I’m a person who dislikes talking to other people, I try to avoid small talk and social events of any kind. I don’t have a large social network, and I only talk when I’m spoken to. Which is a bad thing I guess, but I just don’t want to change. As I read this book, I definitely agree with all his tips and tricks. I do know I have to act like this and this, and consider this or that while on a social situation. The drawback is the fact that I will have to implement all of these things into real life, which I have anxiety even thinking about. So it’s definitely a process for me to be good at talking to anyone, anytime, and anywhere. For me, this book is excellent for newbies like me, it really adds an insight to me and next time I’m in a social situation, I will definitely bring back the things King mentioned in this book. That shows that this book might not make me a good communicator overnight, but I will definitely think about ways for me to improve in my life.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (buy)
Wuthering Heights is one of those famous classic novels that has been on my list of books I want to read before I die, but never gotten round to. I finally plucked up the courage to pick it up! I loooved Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre back when I read it in high school, so I thought this should be similarly good!
Unfortunately, this was a miss for me. Firstly, it took me a super long time to finish. I’m not saying that books that take a long time to finish are bad, but for this book, I just would read around two chapters of it and immediately feel sleepy. I’d have to take a fifteen-minute nap first (most of the time I’m reading this while traveling so it’s perfectly possible for me to do this) and then continue. There was also a period of time of around 5-10 days where I left my Nook in my other bag and didn’t get the urge to read this book at all, which is never a good thing.
The language, as expected, was part of the problem. It was super slow and typically classic, which I wouldn’t mind on some novels as long as I enjoyed the characters and the plot. The other problem for me in this book is that I didn’t really like any of the characters, and the plot wasn’t that captivating for me either. The characters for me all felt very annoying and, though I usually like flawed characters, I felt sort of tired of both Catherines and their personalities. Not to mention the super irritating Heathcliff… Overall, added with the weird plot in which it was hard for me to differ between flashback, narration, or the story from Nelly, it wasn’t very enjoyable.
I flew through this novel during my trip to Athens. I looooved it! I loved how it’s so exciting and thrilling, and that you always can’t stop reading it. I was so engrossed in it while I was on the plane and at night after I was traveling around the city. A full review will be coming up soon. All in all, I really liked this book, and rated it 4 stars (possibly maybe even 4.5?), which gives me a nice and happy end to the string of previous not-so-good books I read.
Books I’m Currently Reading
The Good People by Hannah Kent
A book I’ve been dying to read after I read Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites, I bought a lovely edition of it at Rotterdam when I was visiting. It’s a historical fiction based on a true story about a widowed woman who has to live with her crippled grandson in Ireland, and how relationship with two other women connected to the boy. I started it around mid-May and right now I’m nearly finished with the book. So far it’s very interesting and captivating, it feels like reading a lyrical piece of literature, because Kent’s writing is just so beautiful. I am really engrossed in the characters and the story itself. It’s both creepy and beautiful, and I am loving it.
Mercy by Jodi Picoult
I picked this book up (metaphorically because it’s actually from my Kindle ehehe) because I have always wanted to read more books by Jodi Picoult. It’s been ages since I read My Sister’s Keeper, her most famous novel, and I absolutely loved that one. I also dipped into her collaboration novel with her daughter. Didn’t like that one, but I know that this novel will be good. I’m currently only 20% into the book but I love it so far.
Books To Read in June
Other than my goals to finish the two books I’m currently reading, here are some nominations on books I want to read in June:
- Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. I’ve been adding this to my TBR for ages but never really picked it up. It’s already in my Kindle though, so as soon as I finish Mercy I will get on with this one.
- Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton. Ever since my visit to Athens I really wanna read more about Greek mythology, other than the Percy Jackson series hahaha.
- The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery. I’m really in the mood for something non-fiction but fun to read, and I love animals so I think this might be really interesting to read. I’ve already purchased this on Book Depository and I’m looking forward to reading it in June.
- Night Film by Marisha Pessl. A book I’ve tried reading since last year, stopped midway through and never continued. I think June might be the time where I pick it up again.
What are the books you read in May and have you read the books I read or currently reading? Share your thoughts in the comments! Until next time!