August Summary

August went by too quick. After a slow summer, things are getting more and more hectic at work, so there’s less time to sneak in some reading between my to-do’s. I also started up my Italian class, so I have even less spare time.

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Like I did in July, I only read four books in August. It’s an embarrassing low number, but that’s all I managed.

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I started the month with Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. My God, how I struggled with that book! I found it really tedious and I was so happy when I finished it. I believe my review of Tess is the most honest review I’ve ever written, as I was so emotional and actually a little irritated after reading it.

After Tess I needed something easier and also I needed to read something in Norwegian. So I read Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones, translated into Norwegian, of course, as I do not read Spanish. It was exactly the type of book I wanted to read at that time and I really enjoyed it. The story is just amazing, though (as usual) I found the translation quite bad.

Then there was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. And what a lovely book that was! It’s really a feel-good book, perhaps a little too much feel-good for my taste. As I wrote in my review: I had expected a sad story where someone died or something, so I was kind of disappointed.

Last I read Butcher’s Crossing by John Williams. A great story, with a lot of nice depictions and not much dialogue. A lot like Stoner, but I liked Stoner waaay better that Butcher’s Crossing. Still, I ended up giving it 5 hearts and I would recommend it.


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Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

How I struggled with this book! At first I was very into it, but everything went so slow and it went on and on describing every person, building, forrest and f***ing flower, that I just lost interest in it. By all means, this is a classic for a reason: it is a good book, I won’t deny that. For me it was just way too tedious. Like the story could have been told in half the number of pages. 


Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones

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This isn´t the type of book I would normally go for (popular bestsellers), but I felt I had to read it since he had recommended it. And I ended up being pleasantly surprised. A lovely story with characters that you just end up falling in love with. The historical aspect made the book even better; wars that happened, kings that ruled, brutal rules that were enforced and some characters that actually lived. I would recommend this book for those of you who would like an easy but really good historical novel.


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I really enjoyed this book. A truly lovely story about four sisters and their challenges. I was easy to read and well written and I can see why children in USA is told to read this in school. It’s very preachy, almost too much. In my opinion this book was a little too much feel good. I had expected a sad story where someone died or something, but it ended up being a happily-ever-after-book. This didn’t exactly make the book any less good, it just wasn’t what I had expected. 


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Butcher’s Crossing is just as simply written as Stoner, but it has a tiny bit more depictions and a little more action. Like Stoner, not a lot happens, but it doesn’t have to. I did (as usual) struggle with the translation. A lot of the book almost seemed like it was translated with Google Translate or something. Naturally this ruined the good flow of the book. But all in all, I liked this book very much, even though it can never measure up to Stoner (which I loved!)


What about September?

September is going to be Norwegian Literature Month for me. I have a lot of Norwegian books laying around and I thought that I would dedicate one month to some of the amazing writers of my country. I have picked some of the books I want to read and put them on September’s TBR list. Don’t know if I am going to stick with it, but it’s good to have some kind of plan anyway.

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I will post more about my Norwegian Literature Month tomorrow.

 

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