Books 21-25 of 2017

I’m still reading and getting through my massive piles of books…


21.     I first discovered Shirley Jackson in high school, when we had to read the short story “The Lottery”. Many years later, Jackson popped up in my recommendations on Amazon. When I saw The Haunting of Hill House available on my go-to book website, I bought it. I expected more in terms of “horror”, and most of the characters annoyed me. I also had difficulty a few times in understanding what was happening. It’s about a group of strangers visiting a supposedly haunted house, and the house takes control of one of the visitors. I didn’t really enjoy it, and it’s now in my to-donate pile.

22.     I really enjoyed Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, and so I looked forward to reading her sister’s famous novel. I had tried to read Wuthering Heights several years ago but didn’t get far – the older English was difficult for me to read at the time, but after reading some Austen and Jane Eyre, I figured that I would have an easier second attempt. And yes, I did! The dark vengeance, spanning two generations, was twisted and sad yet enthralling. I couldn’t put the book down.

23.     I had heard of The Turn of the Screw by Henry James many times – but never really knew what it was about. It’s a ghost story involving two children under the supervision of a new governess. Meh. I didn’t really know what was happening, and I had to resort to Wikipedia (yeah, I went there) to get the plot. This printing came with another short story, which I didn’t bother to read. This is also in my to-donate pile.

24.     Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne was such a delightful whirlwind world tour set in 1870. Fast-paced, action-packed, and spoiler alert – they did NOT travel by hot-air balloon in the book. (boo, inaccurate cover and film adaptations!) I may hold on to this book if I ever want a quick weekend read, like what I do with #25…

25.     This was probably my third time reading George Orwell’s Animal Farm – it’s that good, in my opinion, and I consider it as one of my all-time favorite books. (And I read this in an entire afternoon while getting a good suntan outside – I like short books haha.) I don’t think it had been required high school reading for me, so I can’t recall when or how/why I first read it. The satire is awesome in this book. I could reread this story and never tire of it.


My Bible reading: last month (July) I read Proverbs. I also finally opened up my Lutheran edition of the Apocrypha, and read the Book of Judith, which had an interesting story and a great song. I love that my study edition has copious amounts of notes and references, which gave me plenty of extra information surrounding the book. What I plan to do is read at least one apocryphal book at the end of each month. For August, I am reading Acts. I read one chapter before bedtime.


I now have a page (click here) where I am listing all of the books I have read over the last few years. I need to update it after Wuthering Heights soon.


Reviews for my first ten books

Books 11 – 15

Books 16 – 20


Is anyone reading anything at the moment?