Reading Plan: March 2012

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American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis book cover
February was a pretty busy month at Bibliofreak.net. In fact, I probably posted more words last month than in any other (unfounded speculation) - I reckon I'm getting into this blogging lark! Hopefully you guys enjoyed the variety too, with a couple of interviews, and a thorough analysis, supplementing my normal flow of reviews. I certainly had fun, and hope to continue this variety in the future.

So to March. I started reading the rather gruesome, American Psycho, last month and have become quite involved in this horrific, and yet, potentially poignant story. This is going to be my book of the month, so for those with a strong stomach, do read along with me and let me know what you think.

For those who like a little less gore in their literary life, my year of Dickens continues this month, with one of his classics: Great Expectations comes highly recommended, and I look forward to reading one of his most critically-acclaimed novels.

Having started The Hunger Games series, I now want to finish the trilogy before the movie is released, or at least before I make it to the cinema to take in the slaughtering of innocent teenagers, in what will surely be one of the biggest films of the year. With this in mind, I’m planning to read Catching Fire this month, and polish off the series as early into next month as possible.

Finally, I'm back on the Martin Amis. Time's Arrow has been sitting around my bedroom for a couple of months now and it's about time I get it read. Sounds like a fascinating concept too; a life written in reverse. There are precedents, but I've never read a novel written in this style before.

So that’s my reading month mapped out. Has anyone read any of these books, what did you make of them, am I in for any treats?

Notable Posts from January
Interview: Lynn Shepherd
Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Review: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Review: The Outsider by Albert Camus
Analysis: The Outsider by Albert Camus
Review: The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price by Wendy Jones
Interview: Wendy Jones

6 comments:

Jillian said...

I'll be reading Great Expectations as well next month. I hope you enjoy. :)

Matthew (The Bibliofreak) said...

Hey, great! We'll be able to compare notes :) I reckon it's going to have a better structure than Oliver Twist, don't know if it will be as witty though.

The Young Book Collector said...

I don't really read horror stories, but American Pyscho sound interesting.

Have you by any chance read the Girl Next Door, by Jack Ketchum ?

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Matthew (The Bibliofreak) said...

Interesting, but brutal. It's much more than a horror story though, it's a critique of consumerist culture and more literary than one might expect given the press.

I haven't, what's it about - any good?

The Young Book Collector said...

Again it's called "The Girl Next Door", by Jack Ketchum

Here's a link about it: http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Next-Door-Ketchum-McPheeters/dp/0963339745/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330727203&sr=1-1

It's loosely based on the case of Sylvia Likens. Is it good? I think so, if you can take explicit brutality.

Matthew (The Bibliofreak) said...

Sounds like an interesting read - pretty tough material I would imagine.