Books I Haven't Finished (Yet!)

I love reading, it is one of my favourite things to do, but sometimes life gets in the way. So here is a collection of books that I have started reading but am yet to finish.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

I started reading this book years ago, and I mean years. There is photographic evidence of me reading the book on one of our family holidays to Greece, when I was 10! So that was way back in 2003! I think I got up to something like chapter 11 or 12 and then I just stopped, I lost where I was in the book and the next time I picked it up I just couldn’t remember what had happened in the story. 15 years later I still haven’t read the book. Will I read it someday? I don’t really know.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Quite often I have a love hate relationship with classics, their language is beautiful but archaic, they are problematic in their depictions of Women, other ethnicities and social issues when read from a modern point of view. And so on. But Dorian Gray, I really wanted to love it, and maybe I just attempted to read it at the wrong time, but I found it, dare I say…boring.

1Q84 part 1&2

I love Murakami, I love what I’ve read of 1Q84 so far, but I started reading the book at a really stupid time, just before I started my French module in Uni. That year came and went so quickly and I then had to start reading what has felt like 1 million books for this years studies and as such 1Q84 has sat patiently on the shelf, same for Killing Commendatore too. I promise I’ll get to you two this summer!

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

I received a ebook copy of this book before it was published, I read some of it, but for a reason I can’t remember I stopped reading it. This book has since been so hyped that I’m kind of curious to get back into it and finish the story as I did get quite a way into the narrative.

A Discovery of Witches

Having watched the Sky Tv Series based on this book I naturally bought it immediately and started reading it, however it is a rather large book and there have been several novels that I have had to prioritise reading as they are in my course and most likely in my exam in June. So I will have to rediscover A Discovery of Witches this summer.

Le Petit Prince

I set myself the goal of reading a French book in its entirety last year, I failed but I did get quite a ways into Le Petit Prince which is probably the most famous French book from the 20th century. I will dive back into it as I still want to achieve this goal, and hopefully it will also help improve my french so that I can start reading more complex french novels!

So that’s all the books that I started reading and haven’t quite got round to finishing. I wonder how many of these I can get finished this year, shall I aim to get them all read in 2019? Let me know in the comments section what you think!

Book Club: Normal People by Sally Rooney

Hello hello, welcome back to another edition of our bookclub. We have tried many a time to get this thing going and sadly it has always swiftly become a thing of the past. But it’s 2019, a brand new year of hope (1 month late, this doesn’t bode well!) and Charlotte has committed to joining me on this endeavour so not all of the books we will be reading will be obscure Japanese or Korean literature – Hurray I hear you shout, thank goodness – yet ironically this first book pick is actually mine, and it’s thoroughly mainstream as Sally Rooney is having a bit of a moment with her latest novel Normal People.

So whats it about?…

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First Book Haul of 2018 + Why I Love International Literature So Much

Check out our first Book Haul of 2018!! I am an avid reader so this haul should be no surprise but I think I may have convinced Charlotte to take reading up as a hobby too.

The First (of many) Book Haul of 2018

Why I Love International Literature So Much

As someone who loves international Cinema and TV Shows I probably watch more foreign language content than I do English. And it’s suffice to say that that has also influenced my reading too as I am a massive fan of Japanese and Korean literature. Murakami fast became a favourite author (Check out Sputnik SweetheartNorwegian Wood they were the two books that started my journey into Japanese Lit) as did Han Kang (The Vegetarian is one of the most interesting novels I’ve ever read). And I love the prose of Hiromi Kawakami’s The Nakano Thrift Shop which is a charming slice of life novel.

So it should come as no surprise that Sweet Bean Paste and The Travelling Cat Chronicles were in this haul. While we are on the subject of The Travelling Cat Chronicles, I found out after I bought it that they are doing a film adaptation this year with Sota Fukushi who is one of my favourite Japanese actors since I watched I’m Taking the Day Off (which to this day and after several re-watchings is still one of my favourite dramas). So that has made my interest in this novel increase tenfold and I will probably be picking it up very soon.

My interest in A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary For Lovers came about when I was browsing for books on Goodreads and the premise sounded rather interesting and has unique format and writing style when you consider that the very structure of the writing shows the characters progress with the English language. As I’ve read a whole lot of Korean and Japanese Literature I was intrigued by this book by Chinese author Xiaolu Guo as it’s her first book written in English. So I’m intrigued to read the story as it probably has parallels to the authors own journey as she immigrated to England in her late 20’s. This then gives the story so much more of an authentic feel which I guess is what I love about international literature, you get to be transported into different cultures and explore then from a native’s point of view which is so much more genuine.

Let me know in the comments section whether you’ve read any of the titles we mentioned in the book haul or any of the ones that I mentioned in this mini essay of sorts.

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