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Currently reading

Great Mythologies of the World
Professor Robert André LaFleur, Professor Kathryn McClymond, Professor Julius H. Bailey, Professor Grant L. Voth, The Great Courses, The Great Courses
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
Herman Melville, Andrew Delbanco, Tom Quirk
Progress: 135/509 pages

April TBR!

The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse, Hilda Rosner No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy

This month, I finally have time to read books that aren't for school! As much as I have enjoyed the novels that I had to read for my courses this term, I am really looking forward to digging into some of the books that I own and haven't been able to read yet. 


In no particular order, this April I will read:


Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut: I haven't read any Vonnegut and I really need to get on it. So I'm on it now. I should have this book finished in the next couple of days and am really enjoying the sci-fi elements that Vonnegut has incorporated in this war narrative. Very interesting and unlike anything that I have read thus far.  


The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: I really love Sylvia Plath's poetry and am so excited to finally read her novel. I don't know much about the plot and kind of like that I'm going into it blind. I anticipate that Plath's language alone will be enough to keep me reading, regardless of plot. 


Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe: I want to get into reading more fiction written by authors outside of the American, British, and Canadian demographic. Though Achebe lived in America for a good portion of his life, he was born in Nigeria and spent most of his life there. I'm really looking forward to seeing how his narratives 


Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse: This would be my first Hesse and I anticipate that it will be my challenging read of the month. Siddhartha has been on my bookshelf since early high school and I look forward to the challenge of reading this classic. 


No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy: This is a month of firsts. I haven't read anything by Cormac McCarthy and picked a beautiful paperback edition of No Country for Old Men a few years ago. Time to get it read. 


What are you reading this month?