At the beginning of the week I tried to organize my spare time a little bit, as I had no chance at all recently. I thought sorting out my Summer reads could be a nice start, as this task seems to have lived in my to-do list like FOREVER. So last Monday I patiently sat on the bedroom, and started separating the unfinished books in a group that I called the "pile of shame" almost immediately (as a philologist and a general bookworm it is quite rare to leave any unfinished stories to me. However, most of them happened to be short stories compendiums, which I tend not to read in strict chapter order. As a result, there´s always some story forgotten and left behind).
Also, I have been shopping for books recently, and I decided to ban myself from buying any more of them until I finish the ones on the "pile of shame" (every single time The Gentle One stumbles upon it, he proceeds to sing "shaaaaame" and imitates the sound of a bell. Yes, that´s the man I married...)
But where was I? Oh, right: books. Well, once I separated them and marked the unfinished ones, I quickly began to read, so some of these are already over or very close to. So here you are a little sum-up of my Summer reads. I hope you enjoy it!
♥ The Ghost Stories of Edith Warthon.
I believe this is the only one I haven´t had the chance to start yet. As a matter of fact, I just bought it last weekend, at the very time when I banned myself from shopping more books until I am finished with the ones home. I am looking forward to read it, though, and most probably it will be my next read.
♥ Miss Peregrine Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.
This novel had been on my bucket list for quite a long time. Last month I accidentally found it on my favourite bookstore, and brought it home with me. I started reading it the same day, but work schedules did not leave me a lot of time, so my progress was a very slow one. Right now, I have got much more time to read, so I am happy to say I´m nearly finished and truly fascinated by the read. I hope to finish by the end of this week, so I can share my impressions with you all.
♥ Oriental Ghost Stories by Lafcadio Hearn & Classic Victorian & Edwardian Ghost Stories (Wordsworth Editions). These two compendiums are, as a matter of fact, two favourites of mine. Nonetheless, I recently realized there were a couple of tales I never read in both of the volumes. It´s going to be a lovely month, full of horror stories before bed!
♥ Coraline by Neil Gaiman.
I finished Coraline a couple of days ago, and loved it to bits! A classic horror children story by its own right, full of life lesson for children and adults. I specially enjoyed the fact it is such an imaginative book, and it contains a truly valuable message to little girls. If you haven´t read Coraline yet, please, make yourself a favor and get a copy as soon as possible.