10 May 2014

Recent Reads: March, April & May

Daily Rituals by Mason Currey, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides 

I'll just admit it: I've majorly lost my reading mojo recently. I've been reading quite a bit but, for some weird reason, I've just not been finishing books for the past few months. Since late March, I've only finished three books and, since I really enjoyed all three, I thought I would share my thoughts on them. ^_^

At the end of March, I read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I got this read in about a week, doing the majority of my reading at school and on the bus home. To be honest, I was a little sceptical before I started it; I'd just heard so much about it and I was pretty scared that I would be let down. Luckily, it lived up to the hype and I actually ended up loving it. The Bell Jar is such an honest and original novel and, although it's quite upsetting at points, it's kinda fascinating and is incredibly enjoyable. 

The only book I finished in April was The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. This is my second experience with a Jeffrey Eugenides book (the first being Middlesex) and I think I can safely say that he is becoming a favourite of mine. The Virgin Suicides is absolutely brilliant. I genuinely have no idea how to describe the way I feel about this book, it's just so different, unexpected and, again, fascinating. There is so much that can be said about this book and I feel like it would be perfect to study in school or uni. I've already had a conversation about it with my friend, Jenni, and I left the conversation having realised so much more about the book than I did initially. I honestly don't know what to say about The Virgin Suicides. It's just utterly brilliant. 

My most recent read is Daily Rituals by Mason Currey. Unlike the other two, Daily Rituals is non-fiction but is equally as good. It's basically a compilation of the daily routines of hundreds of famous writers, composers, artists and philosophers. I'd been wanting to read Daily Rituals for months (since Christmas, I think) and it really didn't let me down; it's really interesting, original and actually quite motivational. I'd highly recommend it to pretty much everyone, even if you don't usually read non-fiction. 

Have you read any of these books? What have you been reading recently?
Lots of love, Cat


  1. I didn't really enjoy the Virgin Suicides when I read it, but I bought The Marriage Plot by the same author and hopefully that's a lot better! I really want to read the Bell Jar but to be honest I'm not too sure what it's about! :S x

    1. I've heard great things about The Marriage Plot; I hope you enjoy it! ^_^
      The Bell Jar is basically about a girl called Esther who is gradually going insane. It's really emotional and just amazing. xx

  2. I'm a bit skeptical about the Virgin Suicides. However I'm not sure if I've told you before but I've always been really interested in The Bell Jar. I've not read it...yet, but I've heard about how a lot of Sylvia Plath is within Esther (Plath herself suffered from Depression and eventually commited suicide). Not to sound morbid but I love fictional books with an element of psychology to them and I feel this is one of those books which I must read at some point.
    Certainly going to check out Daily Rituals. It sounds amazing in my eyes.

    1. It's up to you but I really would suggest trying The Virgin Suicides, you might be surprised! :D
      The Bell Jar is brilliant. I'm the same as you in the way that I like books with a dark, twisted, psychological side (The Wasp Factory is one of my all-time favourite books and that's as dark as you can get) so I really think you'll like The Bell Jar. xx

    2. Thanks :) I think I'll give The Virgin Suicides a go.
      The Wasp Factory Sounds great too xx

    3. The Wasp Factory is amazing. Very dark and sinister...but amazing all the same. xx

  3. I've just ordered Virgin Suicides off Amazon, I cant wait to read it! At the moment I'm reading a book called 'The Psychopath Test.' It's really interesting, it's about a guy and his 'journey through the madness industry.' I love it! I've also got 'The Outsiders' on the go too, which is really good. xx



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