A Few Autumn Reads…

Hey there! It’s a lazy Saturday morning for me, and I’m excited to be sitting down to write this blog post for your viewing enjoyment. πŸ˜€ Autumn has officially arrived, and I have to reluctantly admit that it’s rather nice… There’s something so beautiful about a crisp, blue October day with the colors of the trees and the brightness of the sun accenting it all. The view from my dorm window is shifting from Summer green to Autumn scarlet and gold and it’s wonderfully soul-satisfying. Take a look!

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Today I thought that I would give some mini-reviews/updates regarding my reading life. One downside of college life is that my reading has significantly decreased since being here. The combination of school and work and social-ness and the need for sleep has definitely encroached upon my reading time. However, the nice thing about being an English major is that you are often required to read for school! πŸ˜€ So today I’m going to share about a couple of books I’ve just finished reading, one that I’m in the middle of, and a few I’m looking forward to. So let’s get to it!

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northanger abbey

I was assigned to read this book for one of my English classes where we are doing a study on Gothic literature. I’m always down for reading a Jane Austen book (I wish I had the time to read more!) and this one was no disapointment. The humour in this book is so on point. I love how it pokes fun at the typical Gothic literature of its day and age, but in doing so makes itself into a Gothic novel. It’s basically one huge, but subtle joke and it makes me very happy. πŸ˜€ Apart from the humour of it all, the story is actually very engaging, and the romance is very sweet. It’s a solid 4* read for me!

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romeo and juliet

I was assigned to read this play for another one of my English classes. Upon some consideration, I was surprised to realize that I’ve never actually read this classic! Sure, I’m very familiar with the story – I’ve even watched a RSC production of it. But I’ve never actually read it until this past week… And wow, am I glad I read it! The beauty of the language is just stunning. Even the prologue was giving me chills because of the perfection of the language used. The story is such a classic, and I’m glad I was able to immerse myself in it for a while. Everything about it is just… well, just so good! There is humour, tragedy, romance, loss, and drama – all wrapped up into a 5 act play. Honestly, I can see why Shakespeare is seen as a genius. This was a solid 5* read for me.Β 

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screwtape letters

If this book feels strangely familiar to you, you are correct. πŸ˜€ I actually just read this in August, as discussed here. But lo and behold, I was assigned to read it for another one of my classes, so here I am again! Actually though, I’m not mad about it in the slightest. The more I read this book, the more I am convinced of the pure genius of it. The perspective it gives on the demonic world is incredibly insightful and actually very encouraging. That might sound strange, but honestly seeing Jesus through the demon’s eyes is such an amazing perspective! Yes, there is darkness and evil that is very present and at work in this world. But even the demons acknowledge that their power goes only so far, and that Jesus’s power is far greater than ours. It’s amazing to be reminded of that… So I’m very glad that I’m rereading this book again. πŸ˜€

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my-grandmother-asked-me-to-tell-you-shes-sorry-9781501115066_hr

Ok, so this is the one book that is not currently assigned for any of my classes. I found it at Goodwill the other day and immediately snapped it up. I’ve read two of Fredrik Backman’s books before, and the beauty of the stories and the writing have made a lasting impression on me. In fact, A Man Called Ove is one of the very few books that has ever made me cry. So when I found this book I was super excited! I have not yet started reading it, but it is next up on my list of ‘books to read when I have a spare moment in my day’. I’ll let y’all know how it is once I’m done with it… πŸ˜‰Β 

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Well there you have it – a little insight into my reading life at the moment. πŸ™‚ While it may not be full to bursting (alas for crazy busy schedules!), there have definitely been a few gems that I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying over the past few days. Life is good – especially when you have good books and good people and a good God to journey with you!

What books have you been enjoying in this Autumn season? If you’re in school, do you enjoy the books you’re assigned to read for classes? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! πŸ™‚

Author: Hannah

Jesus follower. writer. bibliophile. dreamer.

3 thoughts on “A Few Autumn Reads…”

  1. I’m reading ”When Books Went to War” by Molly G. Manning. Fascinating. I had no idea there were few if any paperbacks until the US government, in response to Hitler’s burning of books, printed classics in a paper pocket format and sent them to soldiers!

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