Hello March! It’s amazing how fast time can fly, both January and February flew us by so quickly. My first two months of 2020 were spent well, though, and I’m glad they were. I was able to go back to my regular reading routine (believe me, being stuck in a huge reading slump for two years was not a great experience) and I have read some good books. In fact, last month I’ve read my absolute favorite which is A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and I don’t think I will ever shut up about it, not any time soon, at least. It was so good that right after reading it I have decided to re-read it almost immediately—so, now that’s what we’re doing in March… and a couple other books.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. I guess it’s fairly obvious that I have finally found my favorite book of all-time, and what better way there is to spend the month than re-read this book? The first time I told someone I was going to, they just couldn’t believe it. Mostly because A Little Life is the kind of book that is very demanding of its reader. It will demand your full attention, time, and will definitely abuse the limit of your emotional capacity—maybe even go a little overboard. But I guess I’m okay with that—that being the very reason why I read. I love books that make me feel so much I can just start crying any time; books that will trigger emotions you didn’t know were there. That’s why I’m taking A Little Life with me this March, even if it’s for the second time around.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Tumblr made me do it. #darkacademia made me do it, too. I admit, this book has been hovering over me because I always see it whenever I go to the bookstore. I swear it just won’t get off my back. So, alright, let’s give this a chance! I’m 200 pages in, and it’s not the best dark academia book out there, but there’s something about it that’s so atmospheric it’s impossible for you to just want to stop reading.
(Update: I LOVE IT. I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT. I’m saving my thoughts for a proper review. I spoke too soon, it IS the best dark academia book out there, in my opinion at least.)
The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I am now a hundred pages into this book which Goodreads say is equivalent to 26% of the book, and that’s not bad for a first sitting. I just started reading it last night as I’m writing this, and I could not put it down! I wish I could say that I have read The Great Gatsby but I haven’t, for some reason I couldn’t get past the first 50 pages of it and couldn’t relate to those who loved it. However I decided to give Fitzgerald another shot and tell you, he did not disappoint me with The Beautiful and Damned. Maybe I’ll call the book a little pretentious, and I mean that in a literal way because we’re talking about Anthony Patch who’s considered part of the higher class—literally a walking, talking, white privilege, I AM NOT EVEN KIDDING. Surprisingly, I am not frustrated at all (I usually hate reading about pretentious characters who are just completely blind to their privilege) and guess what: I actually care about Anthony Patch, and the rest of what’s going to happen to him! I just can’t wait to read further.
The Poems of Catullus by Gaius Valerius Catullus. Not only did I find my favorite book (A Little Life and no I will never not talk about it, in whatever context!!!), but I also found my favorite poet of all-time. Catullus. Yup, this angsty but equally passionate poet of the ancient Rome. Last week I flew through the Little Black Penguin Classics’ edition of I Hate and I Love and I immediately decided that right then and there, Catullus is now my favorite poet and I just HAVE to get my hands on the rest of his collection. I need to read them all! I have GOT to.
Now, as much as I want to add more to the list (trust me I have other books I want to read this month), I don’t want to go crazy and pledge to read, say, 10 books or 15 books; because the more I come up with an overwhelming list, the more I never actually get to read anything at all. So, I guess a priority list of 4 books will have to do for March! Happy reading, everyone!