Book Review: What I’m Reading

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In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower by Marcel Proust: This is the second book in Proust’s gigantic seven-volume series In Search of Lost Time. I’m a huge fan of Proust’s writing — it can be difficult to focus on his long sentences, but it is very rewarding to comprehend everything. He has a reputation of being a “difficult” author to read, but I actually find his work very relatable. Also, I’m always fascinated by memory, and that’s really what the whole series is about. I would recommend Proust to anyone! It’s one of my goals to finish In Search of Lost Time before I die.

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Classics: A Very Short Introduction by Mary Beard and John Henderson: I am completely obsessed with these little Very Short Introduction books! I found this one in a local bookshop, and I knew I had to read it because I always regret not taking any Classics courses in college (outside of my Art History course load). I want to read every single one they have! The small size makes everything digestible.

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A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R. R. Martin: Another epic series that I’m trying to finish here! I’m usually a book-before-movie person, so it’s really interesting for me to read this after seeing the TV series. I actually find it very enjoyable to read after the TV show — makes it easier to keep all of the characters straight! It’s also sort of thrilling to read scenes where you know what’s going to happen (I would say they were pretty true to the book so far from what I’ve read), but it’s fun to find the differences, too.

Does anyone have any book suggestions for me? I’m sort of craving a shorter fiction read, because both of the fictional works I’m reading right now are very daunting and long.

Let me know what you’re reading in the comments 🙂

T. Louise

2 thoughts on “Book Review: What I’m Reading

  1. Your fiction reading is definitely heavy right now, but i think it’s great that you’ve taken them on. I studied English literature in college and I still feel like I haven’t scratched the surface. I feel like I should be more familiar with Proust. I’ll have to pick up one of his works (if I don’t already own something but don’t remember because i own a lot of books, lol). Maybe for lighter fiction reading you can do a collection of short stories. That’s the route I like to take when I want something small without it being crappy literature. Alice Munro has The Love of a Good Woman. There’s also the brilliant short story Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky.


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