Saturday, 4 July 2015

JULY READING LIST

Another month, another pile of books! For the month of July I have put together a nice pile that consists of a nice mix of compulsory reading for uni as well as more leisurely reads. So here are my picks:

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley: The dystopian cult classic I have embarrassingly never read. I'm hopefully using this for my dissertation next year, so fingers crossed I will get on well with it. However, I can't imagine that being a problem considering my ever-lasting love affair with dystopias...

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde: I am primarily reading this gem for my module on Victorian Gothic next year, so luckily I am enjoying it so much I am already halfway through it! I believe I'm correct in assuming most of us know the story of Dorian Gray, the man (boy?) who is reluctant to grow old and wishes for a portrait of him to bear the signs of aging in his place. A classic that has positively surprised me!

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig: I mentioned this book in my June reading list post, but I just never got around to reading it. It's been constantly waiting for me to open it though from its spot on the bookshelf, so this month I will fulfill its wishes. Still very excited to read this, despite my failing to do so in the past month.

July's book selection below my beloved massive The Great Wave off Kanagawa poster.

One Day by David Nicholls: So I already started this and I LOVE IT! It is such an entertaining read. It follows two people, Emma and Dexter, on the same day every year for twenty years. Their relationship is a complex mix of romance and friendship, and it is a really nice portrayal of life after university and the hardships of growing up.

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides: I probably bought this book almost two years ago... And I have still not read it! That is ridiculous, especially considering I absolutely adored The Virgin Suicides, and the plot (no pun intended) of this sounds like exactly my cup of tea! Coming of age stories rank very high on my list of attractive reads.

Human Nature after Darwin by Janet Radcliffe Richards: Now this one is a bit different. I'm reading this for my third year module on Darwinism, but also because Darwinism is ridiculously interesting! I believe this one is technically a textbook, however considering the topic I am confident I will enjoy it immensely nevertheless!

So what about you - what are you all reading this month? I'm always wanting to expand my library!
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  1. i had to read brave new world & dorian gray in high school but i don't remember them much, i'll have to check out the others :)

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    1. I think if I read Dorian Gray in high school I wouldn't have liked it as much as I did now. :) I've just finished One Day as well and I can definitely recommend it!

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  2. Good list, you will have to let me know what you think!! I would love to pick up a few on Audiobook.

    xoxo Emily
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    1. Thank you! So far I've finished Dorian Gray and One Day, both of which I absolutely loved! You should definitely check them out.

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