To avoid the “2014 in Review” mess I got into last year, I’ve decided to make a post at the end of each month with a photo of all the books I’ve read. Sadly though, January hasn’t been the best month for me. I’ve been dealing with health problems that have made focusing relatively difficult, and I’ve spent far more time writing than reading (I keep thinking I haven’t done anything all month, but I’ve written almost thirty thousand words… which doesn’t exactly make for an intellectual slump.) Consequently, I’ve read parts of several books, but I’ve only managed to complete Carolyne Larrington’s King Arthur’s Enchantresses (which isn’t pictured because I had to give it back to the library) as well as my rereads of Mrs Dalloway, Brideshead Revisited (which I started in December), and Vile Bodies.
I reread parts of To the Lighthouse that were relevant to a paper I was writing. I started rereading The Hobbit, but I couldn’t focus and went straight to The Fellowship of the Ring (which I’ve also started, but which I’m reading in eBook format so that I can read it at night.) I read "Roman Fever" from Edith Wharton’sThe World Over collection. I read a lot of fanfiction (which I’m done being apologetic about because damn it it can be good and sometimes you really need to read a hilarious crack fic to laugh), lots of JSTOR articles, and I had fun going through Downton Tabby (which messingaboutinboats gave me when she visited early this month! <3) and Medieval Cats, which are both more on the picture book level of things, but were memorable. I’ve also been reading Judith Butler today and going through Bright Young Things again for a project.
So, not the best intellectual month, but not the worst either. I always hate January and feel like I don’t get anything done because I historically suffer when I’m away from academic environments for more than two or three weeks tops, even if I have stuff to work on in the meantime.
All in all, I think Mrs Dalloway, King Arthur’s Enchantresses, and "Roman Fever" will most stick out to me when looking back on this month. Mrs Dalloway because the paper I wrote on it and To the Lighthouse was possibly the essay I’m proudest of to date. King Arthur’s Enchantresses because it was fascinating and gave me loads of new insights that I’m still mulling over (especially re: Morgan le Fey and what that means for her Morgana rewrite onMerlin). “Roman Fever” because it’s an amazing short story and reading even a little bit of Wharton again after a few months of not being able to felt like breathing again.
Originally posted on my tumblr, here.
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