In December I managed to read all the books on my monthly TBR, and more!! But like I did in December, I won’t set my goal too high in January. I’m planning on reading the three books pictured above and an ebook, so four books at least! I also have some other books on my TBR that I have to review on my blog and if I’ll get to those that’ll be just marvelous, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on reading. It has to stay fun right?!
Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Marlow, a seaman, tells of a journey up the Congo. His goal is the troubled European and ivory trader Kurtz. Worshipped and feared by invaders as well as natives, Kurtz has become a godlike figure, his presence pervading the jungle like a thick, obscuring mist. As his boat labours further upstream, closer and closer to Kurtz’s extraordinary and terrible domain, so Marlow finds his faith in himself and civilization crumbling. Conrad’s Heart of Darkness has been considered the most important indictment of the evils of imperialism written to date.
This is a book I have to read for uni. At the end of the month I have to hand in an essay on both Season of Migration to the North and this book, and I’m already quite nervous. I already started reading Heart of Darkness on December 31st and it just … isn’t my book. I really have to focus on the events that take place in order to make sense of them. There are a lot of people who don’t have names, so it gets a little disorderly in my head. Luckily it doesn’t have that many pages so I hope to finish this book today!
Antigone by Sophocles
The curse placed on Oedipus lingers and haunts a younger generation in this new and brilliant translation of Sophocles’ classic drama. The daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, Antigone is an unconventional heroine who pits her beliefs against the King of Thebes in a bloody test of wills that leaves few unharmed. Emotions fly as she challenges the king for the right to bury her own brother. Determined but doomed, Antigone shows her inner strength throughout the play.
Antigone raises issues of law and morality that are just as relevant today as they were more than two thousand years ago. Whether this is your first reading or your twentieth, Antigone will move you as few pieces of literature can.
Another book I have to read for uni is Antigone, a classic tragedy. I’ve already read it a couple of years ago, so this will be a reread.
Tuesday’s Gone by Nicci French
In Tuesday’s Gone, a London social worker makes a routine home visit only to discover her client serving afternoon tea to a naked, decomposing corpse. With no clues as to the dead man’s identity, Chief Inspector Karlsson again calls upon Frieda for help. She discovers that the body belongs to Robert Poole, con man extraordinaire. But Frieda can’t shake the feeling that the past isn’t done with her yet. Did someone kill Poole to embroil her in the investigation? And if so, is Frieda herself the next victim?
A masterpiece of paranoia, Tuesday’s Gone draws readers inexorably into a fractured and faithless world as it brilliantly confirms Frieda Klein as a quintessential heroine for our times.
I got this book from my Dad at Sinterklaas! It’s the second book in the series about Frieda Klein. Since I wasn’t really moved by the first book I really hope that this book will make me want to read the rest of the series as well!
Barking Madness by Ryan Hill
Seventeen-year-old Rosetta Harper is plagued by nightmares of a masked man. With her father’s new career move, her family has just relocated from Florida to the small New England town of Ashwood. A quiet town and close-knit community where you know your neighbors, and trouble is a word unspoken. But soon after her arrival, her world and the worlds of her classmates come crashing down.
Michael hates his family and feels alone and unloved. He only finds comfort when he’s with his friends, but even they get on his nerves. Everything about Ashwood and his life bores him, until Rosetta Harper moves into town. With her as a new classmate, Michael finally gets the excitement he was looking for, but it may be at too high a cost.
I was sent an ebook copy of this book by the author Ryan Hill himself and the blurb already sounds VERY intruiging and I’m really looking forward to diving into this book! I already read a short story by Ryan Hill on his website, called Blue Moon and I absolutely loved it!