Given that February is a short month and that it was the month from Hell for me -between loads of tests and papers all being due at once and personal things to be adding stress- I thought that I would just slide by on my two school assigned books for this month. But I actually did pretty good! I guess it’s a good thing that I read for escapism as well as for knowledge and enjoyment purposes. Stressed? There’s a book for that.
Here’s my lineup for February and where they land on the Reading Challenge checklist:
Tolkien: Man and Myth by Joseph Pearce (A non fiction book)
Found this one in the school bookstore and I had to make it mine. Nothing is more interesting than the man behind LOTR. =3
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t)
This is pretty much the only possible book I could have put into this category, as I typically read all of my books for school. But I had an Introduction to Prose class in college a few years back and I never got past the first two or three chapters in Pride and Prejudice despite it being required reading. Shameful. However, this time around I quite enjoyed it. Not one of my ultimate favorites by a long shot, but I did gain an appreciation for it which is all I can really hope for.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (A book from your childhood)
Believe it or not, YES, Great Expectations is from my childhood. Or early teenhood. Whatever, they’re all the same. I had read it a long time ago but I only barely remembered it, so re-reading this for class was a blast from the past. Loved it even more the second time around though. Everyone who complains that this novel is too depressing… I don’t understand. It’s a hopeful one for me.
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor (A book set in a different country)
Another blast from the past! I was absolutely OBSESSED with this book (and its sequel) when I first read it six years ago. Although it doesn’t quite rank up there with the masters, I would still say that after the Lord of the Rings this was hands down the most influential book I’ve experienced. The obsession I had with it led to some good changes in my life. I put it into this category because it actually takes place in two different countries: London and Wonderland.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol (A book that became a movie)
I haven’t read this book in forever, but it seemed to be the natural choice after finishing the Looking Glass Wars. Plus, I loved Tim Burton’s film reimagination of this book so it fit the category well.
Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carrol (A book with nonhuman characters)
Nonhuman characters… I should say so. Pretty much everyone other than Alice is some type of weird creature. This is possibly the most insane mindtwist of a story that I have ever come across. It makes Inception look like Mother Goose. Was Lewis Carrol high when he wrote this? ….Possibly. Maybe even probably.