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text 2017-07-28 12:13
What to read next...
Paradise Lost - John Leonard,John Milton
Wizard's First Rule - Terry Goodkind
Unnatural Creatures - Neil Gaiman,Maria Dahvana Headley
Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
The Green Mile - Stephen King
Heart of Darkness and Selected Short Fiction - Joseph Conrad,A. Michael Matin
The Flight of the Griffin - C.M. Gray
Uprooted - Naomi Novik

Once again, I've got to my last Netgalley book, until more approvals come through. Only this one is one of those silly protected PDFs that I have to read on desktop, so it only gets 10-20 pages at a sitting before my eyes go squiffy. That's ok, it's an academic work anyway and not the sort of thing you stay up all night to read.

 

I plan to push myself to finish Don Quixote at last, but apart from that and a short story collection I ought to finish up, I'm free to just choose books from my A-list and enjoy!

 

I've gone through the 4 pages of books in that collection and the above are the front runners to start next. Too many to do all at once.

 

So, which should I read? I'll probably start 2 of them over the next couple of days.

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review 2017-02-01 15:49
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

C'est impossible. Nous vivons comme nous rêvons - seuls...

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review 2016-10-24 16:31
Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary - Joseph Conrad

Seriously, one of those books that you always look at differently.

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review 2016-04-22 03:09
Heart of Darkness
Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary - Joseph Conrad

Let’s get right down to it folks: I hate this book. I hate it with a burning passion, and I’m experiencing severe dislike for my English teacher for making me read this pile of shit. She’s a lovely lady, but I don’t understand why she hates me because there’s no other reason as to why she would make me suffer through this book.

 

I know that this is considered to be some great literary masterpiece, and in the words of my teacher, an existentialist novel but watching paint dry is more interesting than this novella.

 

I’ve read a lot of books that were written in the 1900s or set in the 1900s and dealt with racism but none of those books have made me nearly as uncomfortable as Heart of Darkness did. I know, I know, racism is a thing but that doesn’t make me any less uncomfortable by the amount of times the n word was used throughout this novel, or the many times where black people are referred to as “savages,” “enemies.”

 

Moving beyond that, after reading this entire book, word for word, page for page, I cannot tell you not onething about it beyond what my teacher talked about in class. After reading one entire page, I couldn’t tell you what happened on that page. There is a problem here when I can’t tell you what a book is about after reading it. I have no recollection of any of the events that happened in this book.

 

The story didn’t really go anywhere, there wasn’t a point to it, it was just Marlow talking about an adventure that he had which nobody asked to listen to in the first place. By the end of the story, I don’t think anybody on the ship with Marlow, besides the other narrator, even listened to what he said. I know I’m supposed to care about the events that occur and all the symbolism and stuff, but I couldn’t bring myself to care at all.

This is supposed to be deep and meaningful because it talks about human nature and the darkness in our hearts and yada yada yada but I don’t care.

 

I locked myself up in my room for days on end so that I could focus on this novella and absorb it and understand it, and I cannot tell you what happens in this story. I can’t believe trees actually died so this piece of shit work could be printed on it.

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text 2015-12-01 10:43
November Wrap-Up

November.. uh was not a great reading (and tv shows) month. I only read 3 books and one of them was a re-read. Let just say that school drove me nuts! Anyway: here's my wrap-up (I posted my December tbr a bit early (woops) so if you're curious: click here):

- Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer (re-read) + novellas 0.5 and 1.5 5/5 ★

- City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare 3.5/5 ★ review series

- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad 2/5 ★ review

 

Even watching tv shows wasn't that great. I watched the shows that are weekly on air: Expeditie Robinson, The Big Bang Theory, Americas Next Top Model (finale is this week omg!) and Nashville. 

When it comes to other shows: I watched the first six episodes of Orange Is The New Black and I re-watched the first season of The Office (I'm not a huge fan of The Office so I don't think I'm going to continue) and Laguna Beach (lol). I also re-watched some episodes of Gilmore Girls (duh). 

 

What have you read and watched in November?

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