What I’m Reading – March 2019

Wow. I actually just typed ‘March 2019’. That my friends… is a colossal moment. xD I’m half-joking, but also sort of serious. How are we already into the third month of this year?! It feels like no time at all since New Years… And now, as of today, as I am 18 years old, I think I can officially say that time is passing far too quick and I am getting far too old. xD Wow that was a confusing sentence… You must pardon any incohesiveness yes that is now officially a word on my part in this blog post. It’s getting rather late where I live and it’s been a long, full day of celebrating with family and friends! All good things – but now I’m tired… Man it’s hard work being an adult! πŸ˜› Anyways, I’ll quit rambling and get onto the subject of today’s blog post – reading! Specifically, what I find myself reading as this third month of the year rolls around… I’ve pulled four books I’d like to highlight for y’all – I hope that you enjoy getting a wee peek into my reading life! πŸ™‚Β 

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Romantic Outlaws

Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley – by Charlotte Gordon

I had fully intended to finish this book before I turned 18. I have been making my way, albeit rather slowly, through this 600+ page tome of a book all through February, and I told myself that I would finish it before my birthday. Alack and alas, it was not to be… I have about 60 pages to go still. However, despite that very random and slightly disappointing fact (I decided that making a birthday cake and sleeping was more important than finishing it, hehe xD) – I am hugely enjoying reading through this book! I just read Frankenstein a few weeks ago for my British Novels class, and because of that I was inspired to learn more about its author – Mary Shelley. I stumbled upon this book, promptly ordered it from the library and dove in! And what a book it is! It is huge and goes into great depth on the lives of the famous Mary Shelley, and her slightly less famous but nonetheless very influential mother, Mary Wollstonecraft. I have learnt so much from this book, and I wish all biographies were this interesting and well-researched/written! Yes, probably being a very curious lover of history has helped in my enjoyment of this book, but it truly has been such a fascinating read, and I’m very much looking forward to finishing it! (also you’ll note that this is a non-fiction book – I’m keeping good on my promise/goal that I shared in this blog post!)

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L'Abri

L’Abri – by Edith Schaeffer

This is book #9 in my Mum and I’s reading streak. Actually for this past month our reading streak has been opened up to anther member, as one of my very dear friends who has been visiting from the US has been joining us. This was a slight wild card of a choice in a book, but it’s turned out to be a very good wild card! It tells the story of the beginnings of L’Abri – a simple chalet in the Swiss Mountains filled with a family who had a heart to reach people for Christ. The Schaeffer family began a ministry that brought people into their home so that they could ask questions about faith, specifically the Christian faith. This book is full of stories that have God’s fingerprints all over them, as the Schaeffers saw God answering prayer after prayer to bring the ministry of L’Abri into existence. It’s been really encouraging and interesting so far, and I’m looking forward to finishing it on Monday (the day we’re scheduled to finish it xD).

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Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Let’s move on to some fiction now, shall we? After all, what is a blog post on here without some mention of fiction. πŸ˜€ This book is another book that I’m required to read for my British Novels course. And despite it being required reading, I’m actually really enjoying it… It’s very dramatic… Dark, wild moors and dark, wild men and unrequited loves and thirsts for revenge… Pretty high on the SUBLIME meter I’d say, and a rather good example of Gothic and Romantic Literature (hehe look at me spouting off all my newly-acquired knowledge from my Brit-Nov class xD). But in all seriousness, the plot is very intriguing and I’m very much enjoying learning about all the history behind the author and literary era! And currently I’m very curious about the ending… I’ve still got about 1/4 of the book left, but I now have to wait another week according to my syllabus to finish it…. I’ll try and hold myself back from reading ahead. πŸ˜€

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spitfire

Miss Spitfire – by Sarah Miller

For my last book to highlight, I’ve chosen this one – a historical fiction/biography of Annie Sullivan, the teacher of the famed Hellen Keller. I’m currently going through this book with my book club I’m leading at least I hope I still am after the slightly traumatizing reading we had last week of Hellen Keller in her worst state. This is the second time I’ve read this book and I’m still just as fascinated with the story as I was the first time. I can’t imagine trying to break into the mind of a human being who has no concept of sounds or words or the meanings of those words or sounds. Yet this was the monumental task that Annie had with Helen Keller, and watching her tackle this in the book is absolutely fascinating to watch… I remember being very thought-provoked yes this is another new word I’ve now made up at the end of this book, and I’m hoping some good discussions in my book club will spring forth as a result of reading this book.

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Right, that brings us to the end of this week’s blog post… It’s slightly less informal than usual, but you can blame that on the newly-adult-brain I now have, as well as the more likely suspect of being extremely tired. I’ll see y’all next week! πŸ˜€Β 

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13 thoughts on “What I’m Reading – March 2019

  1. Happy Birthday, Hannah! The book on Mary Shelley sounds amazing. But with all the goings on in my life, I will need to put it on the back burner. I, too, am fascinated with her life. Maybe it comes in an audiobook?☺️

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    • Thank you Mrs Del Boccio! Yes that book really is very fascinating. You should definitely look into seeing there is an audio book – it’s very much worth the time to get through! 😊

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