january reads • 2015

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1. Oscar Wilde, A House of Pomegranates [ebook]
2. Haruki Murakami, The Strange Library
3. H.G. Wells, Tales of Space and Time [ebook]
4. Louisa May Alcott, Flower Fables [ebook]
5. Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at The End of The Lane
6. John Banville, The Infinities
7. Eça de Queirós, A Cidade e As Serras [PT / ebook]
8. Patricia Portela, O Banquete [PT]

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January has started out very well, reading-wise. I can’t tell when was the last time I had read this much in such a short period of time. These past couple of years, reading has been sparse compared to the glorious college days and I’ve been slowly struggling my way back to that. Partly because of pride, partly because it genuinely makes me feel good when I look back and find such a page-filled year behind me.

After getting a tablet, a purchase I was frowning much upon, my reading habits took a turn for the better, albeit still quite scattered. But it helped me to keep reading while travelling, without having to carry a suitcase of books along – that has turned out to be the biggest plus. Also have been tackling many classics, found in public-domain digital libraries and a few Portuguese works, as well.

My passion for literature, and reading in general, has a newfound enthusiasm; I’m not too sure whether this will last throughout the rest of the year, with the impending mommahood and all, so I guess these last few months are the perfect time to get ahead on my reading goals for 2015.

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Some thoughts on this month’s books:

➼ As already mentioned on my 2014 reading review, H.G. Wells was a surprising delight; didn’t expect to enjoy it so much since science-fiction isn’t one of my preferred literary genres. Although not all stories were to my taste, this particular collection of tales made for a truly interesting read.

➼ Perhaps I have read too many Murakami books already but The Strange Library didn’t get my attention as I was hoping. Luckily it is a really fast read and the illustrations make up for the frail story being told.

➼ First time reading something by Neil Gaiman, apart from random quotes here and there. It got me curious to read more from the author, even though the whimsical scenarios sometimes tended to try and bring my imagination overboard. Still, couldn’t seem to put it down and his writing is really easy to follow and enjoy.

➼ John Banville’s Infinities did seem to take forever to finish. This book was stuck in my currently reading shelf since last year and only this January did I muster the will to go through til the end. Some parts were okay but most of the story felt constricted, with a lack of flow and consistency.

And that is all for January!

Any good reads in this first month? Would love to hear some interesting recommendations!


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