miércoles, 20 de julio de 2016

Summer reads

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.

♥ As Murder Consider as One of the Fine Arts by Thomas De Quincey and Best Horror Stories collected by Forrest J Ackerman. The first book is a little essays collection I got some time ago, but which never made it to its end due to different reasons. So it´s time to show some proper respect to it by finishing the volume. As for the latter, The Gentle One got it second hand to me a couple of months ago (a 1960 edition, no less!) and I am looking forward to read something in Spanish for a change.


So tell me, darlings, what are your Summer reads?



8 comentarios:

  1. I love Coraline, I'm really wanting that edition you have, with the Chris Riddell illustrations!

    Miss Peregrine is great, are you looking forward to the movie?

    The cover of that Oriental a Ghost Stories book is so scary I couldn't even have it around! Eek!

    1. I totally recommend this edition to you, Laura. It is truly beautiful on the inside, and the illustrations give it a unique spirit. ♥
      Regarding to Miss Peregrine, I love both Tim Burton and Eva Green, so I am looking forward to the film too. I just hope they respect the story line as much as possible.

      And yes, I must admit the oriental stories cover is kind of uncanny, and it scares me a little bit as well (although I think it is a part of this book´s charm, haha...)

  2. Oh ❤ books and summer!
    I gotta read that Classic Victorian & Edwardian Ghost Stories and Coraline! Seems like something really interesting and what I would like. Right now I'm in the middle of my favourite fantasy series, that I read again from time to time, but have to write these down for later. ^_^

    ~ Frillycakes ~

    1. I am sure you will enjoy both readings if you are into Victorian fantasy/horror stories.
      I am very curious, what are you reading right now? I always love to know about other people´s favourite books!

  3. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a wonderful read! I too have a pile of shame (which currently contains the second and thirds installment of the series "Hollow City and "Library of Souls"), I better start addressing it soon! :)

    I also have a soft spot for Coraline, although my absolute favourite by Mr Gaiman must be "The Graveyard Book". I cried like a baby when I finished it!

    1. Gaiman is just genious, isn´t he? I havenn´t read The Graveyeard Book yet, but I totally adore Fragile Things, American Gods and the Sandman series. One of my absolute favourite modern writers, for sure! ♥

  4. I feel like I haven't read anything in forever. I started a crime novel a few weeks ago but I only read half before I tossed it aside. I know summer is a big reading period for other people, but never really for me.

    1. I see your point, Ms Misantropia. Sometimes is hard to read during the warm season, due to the weather. It is easy to feel generally uninspired by the extreme heat and discomfort. As a matter of fact, I am not a big "outdoors reader", specially during Summer. I prefer to stay home and read in the privacy of my livingroom, where I can have as much tea as I want. ;)