Once again, spring is here, and I finally have more time to read. Sure, I still get to read many books for fun while I am at university, but I am severely limited. When my spring-summer break comes around, I try my best to create a to-read list of the books I desperately want to read. Do I always complete my challenge… well… no… I sometimes get sidetracked by other books. Last year’s challenge (2017), I read 6 out of the 10 books on my list. The year before (2016), I read 1 out of 10. Without further adieu, here are my top 10 books I want to read from now until the end of August…
Caraval – Stephanie Garber
I know, I am totally late to the party. It seems as if everyone has read Caraval but me, and now everyone is talking about its sequel, Legendary. I tried not to read many reviews of Caraval because I don’t really want to know what it is about. Is that strange? I really want to be surprised.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee
Yet another book with a lot of hype. I received this book for Christmas, but I had to put off reading it until now. reminded me of the musical The Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder because of the title, and because both main characters are called Monty.
Au nom de tous les miens (For Those I Loved) – Martin Gray
I always tell myself I should read more French novels to practice my French. It’s difficult when I am surrounded by so many novels written in English that I tend to neglect French novels. For those who do not know, French is my second language, but I have been studying French ever since I was six-years-old. Lately, I find that I have been losing my knowledge of French grammar. So, in addition to this list, I will try to read at least two novels in French per month. Au nom de tous les miens (For Those I Loved) is one of the few French books I have on my shelves. It is the story of a holocaust survivor.
The Brontë Family, with Special Reference to Patrick Branwell Brontë – Francis A. Leyland
I am a bit of a Bronte fanatic. Charlotte Brontë is my favorite novelist of all-time, and Emily Brontë is a close second. I do appreciate Anne’s novels, but they pale in comparison to her sisters’ works. It is not only their novels that fascinate me, it is their biography. They have such a strange and incredible story. Their lives are wrapped in mystery and legend, it is so difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. Out of all the Brontë siblings, Branwell Brontë, the brother of the Brontë sisters, is often turned into a scapegoat. I first “encountered” Branwell’s story in the biopic To Walk Invisible. Before, Branwell was just a shadowy figure in my mind. As I began reading about him, I uncovered how unjustly he had been treated by biographers. He was the failure of the family, the disappointment. Imagine going down in history as “the disappointment.” I have read Daphne du Maurier’s biography The Infernal World of Branwell Brontë, but I wish to read Leyland’s biography as he actually met Branwell while he was still alive.