November Wrap Up

November was another course book heavy month...as I envision the next three years will be. However, I managed to sneak in a few books I read for pleasure. Not to say that I didn't enjoy some of my course books! 

5. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams

I wasn't a huge fan of this because of the huge chunks of stage direction laced throughout the play. However, watching an adaptation of this I truly loved. I'm starting to realise it's just reading plays I'm not overly fond of. I've usually like the stories but the format...nope. 

I have a review for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof here

You can find the Goodreads page here

4. The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht

From a critical point of view this is wonderful. From an I want to enjoy this point of view...no. 

I have a review for The Caucasian Chalk Circle here

You can find the Goodreads page here

2. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

In theory I should've loved this. The premise intrigued me from the off but I struggled with the writing style. So very much. Moll Flanders was easier to read than this! I do however love the cover on this...

I have a review for Heart of Darkness here.

You can find the Goodreads page here

Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Katana

I'd expected so much more from this graphic novel but in the end it just wasn't what I wanted. The art was stunning but that was the extent of it for this sadly. 

I have a review for Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Katana here

You can find the Goodreads page here

Platinum End Volume One

This I love. I got the same feeling I had reading Deathnote and Tokyo Ghoul. Creeped out in the best way. This manga does deal with some incredibly heavy topics so I would put a trigger warning on this for suicide. However, the series is so action packed and such a clever idea. It takes the idea of an angel's arrows and completely subverts it. Highly highly recommend. 

I have a review for Platinum End Volume One here.

You can find the Goodreads page here

3. Orlando by Virginia Woolf

This is another novel I didn't expect to enjoy, but I ended up loving it. It's probably one of the earliest examples of magical realism among literary fiction. It follows a sixteen year old boy across four hundred years as he becomes a thirty-six year old woman. Woolf plays a lot with gender identity and how the clothes we wear 'perform' our gender. Great for analysis and just an all around interesting read. 

I have a review for Orlando here

You can find the Goodreads page here

Endgame by Samuel Beckett

This play is utterly hilarious...but not when you read it. In fact as you read it, it's incredibly bleak and dark. It's the performances that make them funny. Beckett's work lies within the category of the theatre of the absurd and thats a perfect definition for Endgame. This is one of the plays that I enjoyed the most out of our course. But still, wasn't my favourite. 

I have a review for Endgame here

You can find the Goodreads page here

Cloud Nine by Caryl Churchill

This play is not for the faint hearted. There's an awful lot of swearing and sexual references. It is however an excellent piece of drama...and what I should be writing my essay on...instead I'm working on the blog. Whoops! I'll consider this a bit of revision then... Cloud Nine plays, much like Orlando, with the idea of gender as a binary concept. There's a lot of cross-casting in relation to gender but also to race and makes a mockery of some of the ridiculous constructs that are still in place today. 

I have a review for Cloud 9 here

You can find the Goodreads page here

Those are the books I read in November! Quite a mixed bag don't you think?

What have you been reading lately?

Thank-you for reading, 

Katie x 

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