This week I’ve been reading books that are on the 1001 books you must read before you die list. Also, since I started this challenge three weeks ago I have been into Reading twice for various reasons and despite walking past both branches of Waterstones each time I didn’t go in.
The Trial by Franz Kafka ebook, 276 pages on TBR since August 2011
If I’m completely honest this book was a little hard going. I read it on an app of free ebooks I’ve got on my iPad – one of the first apps I got (hence why I know the date) and it’s not the first time I’ve tried to read this book. I’m glad I perserved and it was an interesting read. But I came away wondering what the point of it was and as though there was a moral or something I was supposed to be taking away but wasn’t.
Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre paperback, 288 pages, on TBR since Jan 2010
This is another book I gave up on a couple of times – this one after only a few pages. It really jarred those times in part because the teenage MC swears a lot but his swear word of choice is Fucken and that spelling irritated me. I’d put off picking this up again because of how jarring I found it. I decided to take it on the train because that would be a set amount of time (25 mins each way) to read it without distraction and if I still didn’t like it I’d abandon it. But I found once I got into it I could overlook the aspects that had previously annoyed me. And this book is completely over the top and ridiculous but I did enjoy it. I read it cover to cover in one day and consider it time well spent. I probably wouldn’t read more by this author though.
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiel Hammett paperback, 213 pages, on TBR since early 2013
This was a quick and interesting read and a genre I don’t read often. A very fast paced book that was hard to keep up with at times and I sort of feel like I need to read the ending again to understand what happened.
I’m almost all the way through a 4th book as well from this week but I don’t think I’ll finish that tonight so I’ll list it next week.