I did not read many books in October, because I was swamped by assigned class readings for German lit., film studies, and my quantitative research methods class. But I loved what books I did end up reading, so I decided to do a short reading wrap up! As always, my thoughts are spoiler-free, so I hope you enjoy and maybe decide to pick any of these books up for yourself in the future.
What I Read
It felt like I have been waiting for Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (★★★★★) to come out all year, probably because I read Six of Crows early in 2016. Oh, man, it did not disappoint. It actually did take me a bit long to read it because of school business and life stress, but that did not damper my love of this book. This book was everything it needed to be for me to love it and more! I’m so sad it’s over!
The second book I finished this month was another I also technically started in September called Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom by bell hooks (★★★★½). This book was utterly inspiring as someone who truly values the power of education and wants to help bring down racial and class barriers that trouble our society. I found it very inspiring for how I want to teach one day.
It took me a while to finish reading Crooked Kingdom and Teaching to Transgress, so by the end I really felt like I needed a break from any extra reading that wasn’t required. The weekend I was asked to house-sit for my parents I decided to finally crack open Slasher Girls and Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke (★★★★), which I bought last year. It was exactly what I needed to pull me out of my reading slump. I absolutely adored a handful of the stories and the others which I liked and disliked to varying degrees kept my attention so I really appreciated this book when I read it.
The final book I finished in October was Cat and Mouse by Günter Grass (★★★★½) which was required reading for my German lit. class. It did not take too long read, but it took longer than I thought it would. The writing style was unusual so I often found myself needing to reread sections. But ultimately I think I really like this book, even while I feel a lot has gone over my head. It’s definitely one to be reread, and one I want to reread! Having now gone to class and had our conversations about it (my professor knew the author personally!), I’m eager to read The Tin Drum, which may be Grass’ more famous work; it sounds equally intriguing.
There are four books I’m “technically” reading on Goodreads! They included two for my German lit. class: Doctor Faustus by Thomas Mann and the play The Man Outside by Wolfgang Borchert. Then I’m eager to start my reread of The Queen of the Tearling because the final book in the trilogy debuts at the end of November and I want everything to be fresh in my head. Also I consider Johansen’s writing an inspiration for how I’d like to write. Finally, I’m spreading out my reading of Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture by Henry Jenkins et al. This book I think will be influential to my research so I’m excited to read it, as I’m familiar with Jenkins’ work and may be applying to the school where he works (more on this development later)!