Friday, July 5, 2013

About what I 've been doing in June

I can't believe it has been more than a month since I last wrote something here. I've missed terribly this space but work got really crazy and I couldn't find the time to write my reviews. I actually finished a couple of books (there is always time to read but not always write, I'm afraid). 

I reread The Great Gatsby at the beginning of June. I went to see the movie and it made me want to delve into the roaring twenties again. By the way, what did you think of the movie? I thought it had some flaws here and there but it was a good adaptation overall, I especially liked Di Caprio's performance, he was perfect as Gatsby. I'm still not sure about Carey Mulligan as Daisy, though...

Anyway, I read The Great Gatsby for the first time a couple of years ago and I liked it. This second time I loved it. I really admired the beautifully crafted sentences and all the emotion they conveyed. It is such a tragic story, isn't it?

The second book I read was The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim, a book Lucy @Therapy Through Tolstoy recommended to soothe oneself when things are somewhat chaotic around us. I loved it, I really did. It was the perfect read for me at the moment and it did have a soothing effect. I read it before going to bed so I would dream about spending a summer in Italy, surrounded by flowers and the sea, doing only what I wanted to do and resting, which is a luxury I don't get often. Besides that, I thought it was beautifully written and every character was appealing and interesting. 

I started reading The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, but it was during a time I was having problems concentrating and I completely forgot about it. I have to go back to it soon because it is a really good book.

I have to tell you that I have become quite obsessed with Agatha Christie's Poirot, the British television series with David Suchet as the main character. I'm obsessed with its entire style, the air, the Britishness of it, if  you will. The same happened with the other series, the one with Mrs. Marple. I love them both. I think is time to reread some Agatha Christie. I inherited a great collection of her books from my grandmother, who was also obsessed with her stories.

And last but not least, I finally ordered Wolf Hall from Amazon. I really can't wait to read it, I hate that it takes a whole month to get here to Lima. That's what I'll be reading in August and I will also take part of the Austen in August event held by Roof Beam Reader.

In the meantime, I have to go back to My Shakespeare Project, I kind of left it aside for a while but I want to get back to The Tempest as soon as possible. And I'm also reading The Custom of the Country, by Edith Wharton, which I'm really enjoying.

That has been my June. I promise I won't disappear again for a whole month. 


Luz Alvarado said...

Me encanta volver a leerte!!! Estuve esperando tus actualizaciones. Me han entrado ganas de releer Agatha Christie, sus libros son lo máximo.


Melissa Vizcarra said...

Gracias Luz! Los libros de Agatha Christie de verdad son lo máximo y Poirot me encanta.


Angelica said...

Lo único bueno de la película "El Gran Gatsby" fue la música y la fotografía, no me gustó nada Toby Mcguire.

Lucy said...

Welcome back! I'm so glad you enjoyed The Enchanted April and that it had a calming effect on you too. Also, thanks for the mention :)

I've been meaning to re-read Gatsby for so long now. I wonder if the film (which on the whole I really enjoyed) will add to my reading experience. I expect it will help me to think a little more about certain characters and their role in the plot.

I'd like to hear your thoughts on Wolf Hall! I've never read it but think I would enjoy it.

Hope you're well,

Melissa Vizcarra said...

Thank you Lucy! I loved The Enchanted April, it is such a lovely book.

I think the film does add to the reading experience of The Great Gatsby. It highlighted some things that I had not noticed before.

I can't wait to read Wolf Hall, I'll definitely write about it!

I hope you are having a great summer holiday!