October Wrap Up/November TBR

Hello!

October was a lot more productive than I imagined on the whole. I’ve submitted uni work ahead of schedule even with a fire in my department at uni and I’ve had a social life, I’ve read 6 books and am on my 7th as I write this. Maybe an 8th can be squeezed in, who knows?! So this month was full of ‘spooky’ books, plus the occasional dip in to something else, mostly non-fiction!

As I write this, my favourite book of the month was Clare Balding’s Walking Home – you can find my review floating around on here from this month. Also, if only fiction is counted it has to be Frankenstein which was just sublime – definitely one to read!

I went to the lovely Jen’s book talk at my local Waterstones which was lovely. I’ve only ever been to a couple of bookish events but I’m going to endeavour to go to more in the future for sure because I had a really good time and it’s just a really nice environment to be in. So yes, hopefully there will be more bookish events in my life soon!

November! My favourite month! I’m 21 this November which I’m actually now feeling quite excited about. As for hopes on the reading front. Well here we are:

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I’ve got quite a few deadlines coming up so I’m not going to be too ambitious. Though, saying that, The Luminaries is quite a beast. I’m quite excited about all of these – I’m going in to 3 of them nearly completely blind. The only one I have a faint idea about is The Great Gatsby which I have shamefully never read. Having read several classics this month, I decided to forgo a Penguin English Library in November. I hope these all live up to my excitement!

I’ve really been enjoying reading this month, cuddling up in a blanket with a book really is the best way to relax and extract myself from the stresses going on around me! Here’s to hoping November is just as awesome as October.

Review: Brighton Rock – Graham Greene

Brighton RockThis was a good book but I didn’t like it. That seems a bit daft, I will agree but I think you can appreciate a book and not like it all that much.

My problem with this book is it was very narrative heavy, I like descriptive books and there was a lot of talking in this which really puts me off. I can handle up to a 50/50 split of plot/conversation but when it’s conversation heavy I tend to switch off a little! The prose though, oh the prose was so beautifully written and if there were a smidge more I would have been very happy.

I really quite liked the adaptation with Richard Attenborough in – the reason I picked this book up is only because the poor man died and the movie looked good. I didn’t realise until I’d seen the movie that it was actually a book. So I thought I’d give the book a go because, actually, while the movie was out of my comfort zone I did enjoy it.

The characters in the book were not likeable, I think I was meant to empathise with them but I didn’t. They were very one-dimensional and put in to ‘boxes’ based on stereotypical roles. Take Ida for instance, while she gets more time in the novel than in the movie, she essentially a puppet, a stereotypical working woman of the 1930s and nothing really more. She has her role and she plays it, no more, no less. Rose was very, very one dimensional – her naive, innocent act was really overplayed.

This book was good, I keep saying it, I just didn’t like it as much as I had hoped. I hate to give books low ratings, but sometimes it’s inevitable. Ultimately, this is a 2/5 book – while it was good, I don’t think it’s one I would recommend to a friend. I’ve not been put of Greene’s writing, I think I would like to try one or two more books before I put him off for life – I don’t think one book is enough to judge an author! Any suggestions would be welcomed!