You may have noticed that it’s been rather quiet around these parts, which is mainly attributed to me starting uni. I’m having a great time, learning a lot, but still slightly struggling with that work/life/uni/blog balance. This is a process though, a journey, and with a couple of events coming up and post ideas up my sleeve, hopefully I’ll be more active on here soon.
Part of doing a Creative Writing degree involves — surprise surprise — a lot of reading. Some for my course, but mostly recreational to get the creative juices flowing. As a result, I have been buying a lot more books than usual in the past month or so. In fact, I have purchased 11 books in the past 7 weeks alone. Holy moly! But I love that I now have an excuse to make more time for reading — and I’d love to share with you some of the absolute gems I’ve been accumulating.
Is it too late to write posts about 2016? I mean, it’s still January, so…
I really wanted to do a post about the books that stuck with me the most last year. In case you’ve been keeping up in any capacity, at the start of 2016, I gave myself a goal to read 15 books in 2016 through the Goodreads Reading Challenge, and suffice to say, I did it! Just over a book a month may seem miniscule to some, but I think I can count on one hand the amount of books I read in 2015 (if that), so it feels nice that I went out of my way to make it happen. I used to devour books as a teen, but in the age of YouTube and Netflix, it often feels so much easier to opt for visual stimulation than picking up a book… especially when you can scroll through social media while you catch up on your favourite show.
I don’t know about you, but these past months have absolutely flown by! It feels like just yesterday I was giving you guys my first quarterly round-up, and here we are, end of June, and I feel like I’ve barely blinked. But we’re here now, so without further ado, let’s talk about what I’ve been reading this quarter!
I’m currently taking part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge, where I will endeavour to read fifteen books in 2016. I know that may not be a lot to some of you, maybe it’s even laughable. But I currently stand at four books, which is double what I managed to read last year (not including the numerous books I picked up but then gave up on a few chapters in).
In light of my quest to read more, a fun thing I thought I could do on my blog is a Quarterly Reading Round-up. This is where I’ll talk about all the books I’ve read in the past three months, how they rank against each other, any new genres I’ve been getting into and what I’m excited to read in the future. Here we go!
“The summer sun was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain.”
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is very sweet and beautiful story.
Set in the summer of 1987, Ari is a loner who keeps to himself and prefers it that way. One day, Ari ventures to the public pool, despite not knowing how to swim, to observe the young folk enjoying the start of summer. Its there he meets Dante, who offers to teach Ari how to swim. The two teens become fast friends – inseparable for the entire summer – and that’s where their journey of discovering the secrets of the universe begins.