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#Blogmas Day 6: Christmas Break Reading List

Wednesday, 6 December 2017
#Blogmas Day 6: Christmas Break Reading List
Over the holidays I usually have a little more time to relax so I try to get a bit of reading done. I used to read so much as a teenager but I think going to Uni and having to read so much for my classes kind of killed my love of reading a little bit. Here are the books I've been wanting to read for ages and I hope to find the time over my break!

1984 by George Orwell
I'm about half way through this one and even though it is a bit terrifying to read in our currant global political climate, I am really keen to finish it. If you are at all into politics and the ways that totalitarian governments can emerge and control a society, its of course a must read. It is a classic for a reason and basically defines the socio-political dystopian genre.

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
I actually first wanted to read this when an actor I follow, Alberto Rosende, started a book club via Instagram. This was the book for the first month ages ago but I was too busy then to read it. Apparently it is an anti-war book about the fire-bombing of Dresden in WWII. Since I am a pacifist and actually visited Dresden when I was in Europe and know a bit about this history, I thought this one would be right up my alley.

The Story of Art by A.N. Hodge
I think I picked this book up in a bargain bin ages ago and never got around to reading it. Outside of blogging I actually did Museum Studies as my masters degree, which often means I come up against a woeful lack of knowledge about art history since my undergrad was focused around archaeology and ancient history. I thought this book would be a good one to finally get around reading so I can at least keep up a tiny bit with the art talk.

Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece by Stephen Fry
As an ancient history nerd, I absolutely love mythology. I'm also a big fan of Stephen Fry too and I think he is very intelligent and articulate. Of course, that meant that this book was always going to pique my interest. I already know a lot of the major Greek myths, but I would love to read them from Stephen Fry's witty perspective.

The Circle by Dave Eggers
I actually started this book a while back and got really busy and just forgot to finish it. By this point, I would probably have to start from the beginning. I'm actually not entirely sure I am going to like it because I think sometimes that the "technology is human kind's ultimate downfall" trope is a little much, but I love a good utopia turned dystopia so I'm going to give it a chance.

How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are by Anne Barest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas
Because I didn't want my entire reading list to be exclusively heavy and academic, I also included this book that I've been interested in reading for a while. It had been out for ages but I just never got around to reading it. Apparently it is an opus to French culture, fashion and attitude, and I am a certified Francophile! I don't really know what to expect, but I'm intrigued!

Those are the books I'm hoping to get through this summer! I tried to keep it manageable and realistic with six, but I do hope to read even more over the next month or two. I would love to know your recommendations of books I could move on to after these and what is on your personal reading list at the moment so leave a comment below.
6 comments on "#Blogmas Day 6: Christmas Break Reading List"
  1. Thanks for these suggestions I havnt read any of these. I love the sound of the parisan one

  2. Wow, hope you get through them all! I'm partial to a bit of Fry (and Laurie, haha) too, he's so funny.

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  3. Love this list! I want to read How To and Parisian (mostly so I can be Parisian)

    Laura || xx

  4. I read 1984 at school for English. I'd love to read How To Be Parisian!


  5. I read 1984 back in Year 12, although not for school (I read a similar dystopian book - Brave New World - instead). I can't remember what I thought of it (it's a long time ago now), but it's certainly fitting for the times we live in.

    Shell // The Novice Life


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