Reading Plan: May 2012

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The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes book cover
As with many other blogs, The Hunger Games has dominated Bibliofreak.net over the past month, with my finally finishing the trilogy and posting a slew of articles related to it. It was also the month I attended my very first book club meeting (exciting) and jumped in to Joyce. All in all a pretty busy month at the blog, and I hope you’ve all enjoyed it.

I’ll probably be slowing things down a little bit this month as life seems to be pretty hectic at the moment, and I’m spending quite a bit of time on a few writing projects I’ve been putting off for a while.

The Booker prize will be on us again before we know it and so I thought I’d pick up last year’s winner, The Sense of an Ending. This small novel got mixed reviews following its Booker win and, whilst its subject matter (the fragmentation of memory and the nature of time) appeals to me, I’ll be interested to see where I sit within the wide-range of opinion on this one.

I recently attended a reading by Sir Andrew Motion of his new book Silver – a sequel to Treasure Island – and so, before setting out to read this new take on the piratical adventures of Jim, I thought I’d re-read the original and jot down my thoughts on it. Having read it when I was much younger, I really hope it stands up to my memory of it.

My review for the final part of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy has been a long time coming, but this is the month I work my way through The Amber Spyglass. Having just finished The Hunger Games, I’ll be interested to see how an older YA book compares, and how it deals with big issues for a younger audience.

Finally, a fun little book, which I received recently. I’ve been a fond follower of Jen Campbell’s blog for a while, and last month saw the release of her Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops. I look forward to flicking through these humourous anecdotes, and hope to also run an interview with Jen herself in which she discusses the publication process and making the leap from the blogging world to that of a published author.

So there we go, that’s my May reading sorted. With both Bleak House and Ulysses lurking in my peripheries, it’s a nice easy going month with some fun reads, which hopefully will keep me sane before taking on the two afore mentioned behemoths.

Notable Posts from April 
Review: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Book 3, The Hunger Games)
Review: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
Review: Katniss the Cattail by Valerie Estelle Frankel
Interview: Valerie Estelle Frankel
Review: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

2 comments:

Sarah said...

I loved 'Sense of an Ending' so will be interested what you think.

Matthew (The Bibliofreak) said...

Cool. I should be posting about it next week, so pop back and let me know what you think :)