2021 Reading Challenge – Week 10

Goodbye, Week 10! We’re 10/52 through the year. That’s 5/26 simplified! I’ve made a point of reading more this week than last week, if only for the sake of having something to write about. And gee, am I glad that I did! I finished 3 books, started another 2, and will hopefully be finishing one today as well. We’ll see how it goes! 😉

Books Started

I started reading 3 different books this last week. One of them, I even finished! It was such a good book, and I had so much free time, that I finished it in a single shift at work. It was a 10 hour shift, but still, I finished the book in one shift! Another book is so short that I could read it in less than an hour. However, I’m choosing to read only a chapter a day to make sure I really understand what it is that I’m reading. Or at least, I’m hoping that reading that way will help me to understand! As for the third, it’s been on my list for too long, and it’s high time I read it already.

Books Finished

The Trial was so good that I finished it in a single night! Seriously, I loved reading it, and am already planning on re-reading it. Keep an eye out for a post later this week talking a little more about it!

As for Ginsberg’s Kaddish, I knew it would be sad (it’s titled ‘kaddish,’ after all!), but holy sh!t, y’all. When I tell you that reading this had me in tears, I’m really not exaggerating. Don’t read this one at work! I was only able to read a few poems in this collection at a time. They were just so strong that reading more than a few would have been too much to handle, if that makes any sense. I don’t know, and I certainly don’t think I’ll be able to find the words to talk about the collection of poems, specifically Kaddish. Just read it.

a white and pink dew covered flower

The last book on this list, I’d been reading for the longest time. Six Summers in Paris 1789-1794 is a fantastic introduction to the French Revolution, introducing people who played a key role and describing the events that lead up to and shaped the Revolution. At the end of the book is a wonderful list of suggested readings, as well as a passage by the author explaining the ways that history is shaped by historians, and how the first-hand sources we have from the time of the Revolution shouldn’t be mistakenly read as unbiased accounts of events as they occurred. Rather, those types of documents need to be read as (potentially) biased in favor of whoever wrote it, reflecting the writer’s own personal and political agendas and how those agendas shaped their view of things. As I mentioned previously, it’s a little scary how similar events of today’s political climate seem to be to those of the French Revolution, specifically la Grande Peur, and I’d highly recommend this book to anyone for that reason alone.

Books in Progress

Kirk’s The Nature of Greek Myths is a fascinating read that talks in depth about what a myth really is vs what a myth is in popular imagination, the role of myth in culture and how they function, and what makes Greek myths different from other myths.

To improve my French, I’ve been reading poésies choses de Victor Hugo, Poems, by Victor Hugo, which is where I found the quote that inspired this post here. As you can probably imagine, it’s a slow read for me. What can I say, my French could really stand to improve!

Finally, I’ve been reading 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clark. A classic piece of pop culture, this book is so influential that it’s been included in the Library of Congress! It’s been a while since I’ve watched the movie, and quite frankly, I smoked a lot of pot while watching it, so I’m utterly clueless as to how the book will turn out. Needless to say, I’m excited to read this one!

Final Thoughts

I don’t have much else to say, except that I’m excited to wrap this post up and get reading! But before I go, there’s something I’d like to share with you. I found a 4 leaf clover the other day!🍀 Instead of picking it, I left it there so that other people get lucky and find it, too. And I took a photo so that I might share the luck with you!


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