Goodbye, June. Hello, July.
Click here to read about all the books I read in May!
Unfortunately, June wasn’t a great reading month for me in terms of quantity, but the same does not go to say for quality. Though I only read 2 books this month, I loved both! Here they are:
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
I’ve read snippets of this novel before in English Literature lessons, but never found the time to read the full novel – which is ironic, since it’s so short! However, when this book was chosen for our monthly book club at school, I was thrilled, because it meant I could finally read it in its entirety. I love this book, and I loved discussing it with my book club, so would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a book that will start a conversation with friends. ★★★★☆
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
One of my most highly anticipated books of the year, and it did not let me down. I’ve mentioned this many a time, but I would read Cassandra Clare’s shopping lists if she published them. Hence, I pre-ordered Lord of Shadows, and started reading it as soon as it arrived on my doorstep. However, I took my time with this novel – I really wanted to savour it, savour the magic of this world! I loved every second of it, and cannot recommend this series enough if you’re a fan of fantasy novels. Actually, even if you’re not: I entered this world by reading The Mortal Instruments when I didn’t really like fantasy at all. It still isn’t my favourite genre, but I will always return to this world. Full review to come. ★★★★★
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
I started reading this novel this morning, and am really enjoying it thus far, especially the poetic writing style. I have always been intruiged by this novel’s synopsis, and wondered how difficult/easy it is to read objectively:
Humbert Humbert – scholar, aesthete and romantic – has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady’s gum-snapping, silky skinned twelve-year-old daughter. Reluctantly agreeing to marry Mrs Haze just to be close to Lolita, Humbert suffers greatly in the pursuit of romance; but when Lo herself starts looking for attention elsewhere, he will carry her off on a desperate cross-country misadventure, all in the name of Love. Hilarious, flamboyant, heart-breaking and full of ingenious word play, Lolita is an immaculate, unforgettable masterpiece of obsession, delusion and lust.
Have you read this book? What did you think? Tell me in the comments!
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Thank you ever so much for reading, and I really hope you enjoyed!
Love, Olivia x