I’m posting this a few days earlier than usual because I’ll be taking a couple of weeks off from blogging (though I might pop up on Instagram from time to time). Regular posting will resume sometime in the second half of March.
I’ve just started rereading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix after taking a break from the Harry Potter reread I was doing last summer. I’m only a few chapters into it, already rolling my eyes a bit at Harry’s angst (understandable as it is), and I’m sure I’ll have more thoughts about revisiting this book and those that remain in the series. But I’ve also been reading a ton of other stuff, and here’s what I finished up:
Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners (by Therese Oneill) – The title of this book says it all. And I will say that the subject matter itself was enlightening (and entertaining though mostly horrifying). But the actual tone of this book was a little much for me — the author took on a tongue-in-cheek approach that was a little too prevalent throughout the text and honestly became distracting after a while. I’m not saying this needed to be dry and academic, but there could have definitely been more of a balance. Easier to read in small doses as a result.
Les Miserables (by Victor Hugo) – I read this over the course of a few weeks in an effort to reduce the amount of books on my to-read shelf — especially those that have been sitting there for a few years. I think I first attempted reading this in high school (for fun) and truthfully, I probably skimmed through a good chunk of it. I bought myself a copy when the movie musical was released a few years ago, determined to give it some proper attention and I have to say that I genuinely enjoyed it this time around. Yes, my eyes did glaze over during some passages — Hugo is rather verbose and those intermittent chapters describing a battle or… the sewers of Paris (for real)… in depth were tedious at times. But the story itself, even if it is tinged with elements of 19th century melodrama, is pretty fantastic.
The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture (by Glen Weldon) – I bought this on a whim around Christmas time because I’m a Batman fan and can’t resist reading about being a Batman fan. Of course, this means there’s a lot of Bat history here, some of which I already knew, but it’s still a really fun and fascinating read if it’s the type of topic that appeals to you.
Rosemary’s Baby (by Ira Levin) – Having previously read The Stepford Wives and having watched the original Rosemary’s Baby a while back, I felt curious about reading this one. (So I bought it on clearance online and ended up with a miniseries tie-in version that I was not thrilled about… but hey, it was $4, so I guess I can’t complain). It’s a great book — a well-written, tight narrative (admittedly with a couple of outdated racial terms/stereotypes that made me cringe) that gets you feeling at least a little nervous as events unfurl. A couple of scenes were downright chilling to me, though not in a way that should make it difficult for you to sleep at night. If you’ve seen the movie and enjoyed it, you should give the book a shot if you’ve never gotten around to it before.