Writing the Seasons with Books: Spring

I don’t consider myself a seasonal reader, meaning that I don’t tend to read books in a way that agrees with the season we are in. I usually read more fantasy and adventure books than normal during summer. And Halloween is generally my favourite time of the year to read unsettling novels. However, I’m also known to read books set during the winter in the summer and gothic, creepy novels while the flowers are blooming with the arrival of spring. Thus, I won’t be recommending you books to read during this spring. Any book is a good one!

Instead, I’ve decided to take a look at my shelves and select six books with titles beginning with the letters of the word ‘spring’. This wasn’t as easy to achieve as I first thought. And I had to cheat slightly! But below are the books with which I’m writing ‘spring’.

 

Sonetos by Florbela Espanca    

Florbela Espanca was a Portuguese poet who lived during the early 20th century. Her sonnets generally delve into the topics of love and passion. But they also convey pessimism and suffering, complemented with a pinch of sensuality. Continue reading

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‘Gooseberries’ by Anton Chekhov

My rating: 4 stars

Continuing on my quest to read more short stories, I picked up a collection by Anton Chekhov. Gooseberries is a Penguin Black Classics edition featuring three short stories whose prose is not particularly astonishing but that succeeds in getting the reader gripped and in aiding to visualise the characters’ actions.

‘The Kiss’ features great social commentary while conveying the tale of a group of officers who are invited to pay a visit to Von Rabbeck at his house, since they are stationed nearby. During the visit, one of the officers, Ryabovich, is mistakenly kissed by a woman he doesn’t know. That occurrence makes him see life in a different light and changes his perception of himself.

Sophia Lvovna, the main character in ‘The Two Volodyas’, also muses on her actions and her life. She has married Colonel Yagich, who is older than her, for money instead of love. Once, while drunk, she contemplates if she could try to love him, but when she begins to sober up she knows that to be impossible, as she loves another, Little Volodya. Although she doesn’t seem to truly believe in God and her actions lead her on another path, she wonders about what she can do to save her soul. Continue reading

Book Haul – January 2017

New year, new books. Well, at least they are new to my shelves. At the beginning of this month, I bought a few books that I have either been wanting to read for a while or that I have discovered more recently. During this year, I will try to read both the books that I’ve just bought and the ones that I already owned before buying new ones. However, I have a feeling that that won’t happen and that I won’t resist the temptation of buying more books.

These are the books I bought this month:

 

The Muse by Jessie Burton

I loved Jessie Burton’s debut novel, The Miniaturist, and ever since The Muse was released I have been wanting to read it. However, as I much prefer paperbacks, I patiently waited until now. I plan to read it pretty soon to know everything about a lost masterpiece and the connection between the characters from two time periods – 1967 and 1936. Continue reading