I have decided to participate to the Genrethon organised by Brittany, Joce, Kristyn and Lauren. It runs from yesterday 10th April until next Sunday 17th April. It comes at a really good time for me. My boyfriend is back home to see his family and I have a lot of solitary time to fill. Plus, the weather here in San Francisco has been quite gloomy and there is no Internet in the apartment. The result? A lot of time dedicated to reading. I’m finding it very therapeutic.
I also really like the concept of the readathon itself. It’s a quite relaxed one, with a minimum of three books to be read, which can include already started books. There are only two rules:
- the first one is the afore-mentioned minimum number of books;
- the second is that of the chosen books at least three need to belong to different genre categories.
There is also a giveaway for those who participate and, if anyone is interested, Brittany‘s video will tell how to enter it.
I’ve put four books in my TBR, not because I intend to read all four of them, that would just be too optimistic for my reading pace, but because I want to give myself some choice on the last book I’ll be reading. And, well, if I happen to read more, all the better. So on to my TBR list in the order I will be reading it:
SCI-FI – The Martian, by Andy Weir
I’ve started this little gem on Saturday, after a good while that I had wanted to read it. An astronaut gets stranded on Mars and no one knows that he’s still alive. Without a communication system to talk to Earth, he only has his incredible resourcefulness and ingenuity to help him survive in this barren red desert. My boyfriend had seen the movie and then read the book before me and let me tell you, his praise (and that of the rest of the world) was not for nothing. Sci-fi is probably the genre that I’ve had the least experience with so far and that’s perfect for the aim of this Genrethon. Despite the fact that I’m taking my time to read it because I want to understand the science and maths as much as I can, I’m already at page 239. There’s never a moment that has felt boring and I just can’t put it down. I’ll probably finish it tomorrow.
NON-FICTION/ESSAY – A Room of One’s Own, by Virginia Woolf
This will be my first approach to Virginia Woolf’s writing and I’m curious to see what it’s like. The book, if I’m understanding right, is an essay that takes a fictional premise as it’s starting point. Woolf imagines that Shakespeare had a sister who was as talented as her brother. However, she was never able to express her genius due to her status as a woman. I’m expecting an attentive social analyses and a strong feminist claim. This one I’m sure I will read because it’s this month’s read for The Feminist Orchestra Bookclub organised on Goodreads by the brilliant Jean of the Jean Bookishthoughts YouTube channel.
MODERN CLASSIC – A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole
This work of fiction was the author’s firmest conviction and it led him to commit suicide as, unfortunately, he never managed to get it published. It is only thanks to his mother’s tenacity that the world got to lay its hands on this novel. It follows the life of Ignatius, a very unlikeable character who fights his own crusade against a world of dunces. I had started it six months ago and then abandoned it because of external necessities. I’d like to start it again now and finish it. However, It’s not an easy read and if I find that after The Martian and A room of One’s Own I need something lighter, I have another option reserved.
GENERAL FICTION – The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson
And finally, this mysterious work of fiction. Written by Jonas Jonasson, a Swedish writer and journalist,and translated by Roy Bradbury, it is one of those few foreign works to make it big in the anglophone world too. There must be something really good about it. However, I will easily admit that the only reason why I picked this up was its title. I mean, who wouldn’t? The premise of the novel is that Allan Karlsson, who is about to celebrate his 101 birthday at his old people’s home, decides to escape from a window and live his own adventure. It sounds like a funny and endearing story, with some possible interesting existential reflexions being made. Plus, the curiosity is killing me. I need to know what this old man is up to!
So here are the books that I will be reading this week. If anyone wants to share their TBR or have read any of these books, feel free to tell me down below!