In March I had lots of books started, but only managed to get through three of them. The jury is still out on whether or not I really enjoyed what I read this month.
Time Bites — Doris Lessing
This is the first book of Lessing’s that I have read, and I’m not sure if it was a good place to start with Lessing’s work. Time Bites is a collection of essays, most of them dealing with literature or topics closely related to literature. I really like to read essay collections. I find they are relatively easy reads, and I like that I don’t necessarily have to read it in order or continuously. Time Bites is quite long, and after attempting to read every essay in it for the last two month, I decided to pick out about 20 of the ones that interested me the most. The problem was, though, that these essays bored me, even the ones that I thought would be really interesting. Also, there were periods where Lessing would randomly bring up how much she disliked “political correctness” and it seemed very out of place whenever she did it. Overall, most of the essays I found were just boring or off-putting.
We Should All Be Feminists — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I had been hearing about We Should All Be Feminists quite often in these past two months. Based on Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk, this is a short book that is a really easy read. I don’t have anything really critical to say because it’s not an overly complicated book about feminism or feminist thought; it’s just a very fun but thoughtful look at Ngozi Adichie’s views on feminism.
Circe and the Cyclops — Homer
This was another really short book that took two stories from The Odyssey — perhaps the two most famous stories from it. I’ve never read the entire Odyssey, so this was nice to just pick up and get a sense of what the whole poem is like. Also, the book cost me 5 złoty (about $1.50).
In addition to these books, I started reading Sofia Kahn is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik, Mortal Engines by Stanisław Lem and The Ministry of Pain by Dubravka Ugrešić.