November 2014

November 2014 One More Page Blog Karen

Books read:

*The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
*The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
*Us by David Nicholls (Review to come)
*The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes
*Alphabetique by Molly Peacock
*To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Not pictured because I completely forgot I had re-read it when taking this picture, but mentioned here.)
*Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood (Not pictured because I had to return it to the library.)

I spent the nerdiest Sunday today watching Jeopardy! episodes on Youtube and then geeking out by reading Arthur Chu’s wife’s blog about the experience and learning an unexpected amount about Jeopardy! game theory and the whole taping process. I don’t know if you know this about me but I love playing games: board games, trivia games, card games, you name it. I also love learning about strategies and figuring them out for myself, so I guess I really admired Chu’s gameplay, even though my googling tells me it made a lot of Jeopardy! fans mad. It’s been a really good Sunday on the internet, I have to say.

Anyway, this month felt like a slow reading month, but looking back it looks like I managed to read quite a few books. I finally finished reading The Bell Jar after putting it down to read other things, and was charmed by The Strange Library and officially jumped on the Murakami bandwagon. I also developed a huge crush on Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird, so there’s that. Of the books I haven’t reviewed, I can’t wait to write about Us. It was compelling and so human that it kept me up late at night unable to put it down.

I don’t have too much personal news this month; work has been keeping me busy, as have the upcoming holidays. I can’t wait to get a Christmas tree and start Christmas baking!

How was your November, friends? What are you looking forward to the most (bookish or otherwise) in December?

Wishlist Wednesday | Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood

Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood Book Cover

Source: Goodreads

[Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop hosted by Pen to Paper]

There have been quite a few books about the Jazz Age lately, from The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler, and now Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood. What is interesting about these three novels is that they chose to present the point of view of Hemingway and Fitzgerald’s wife/wives as opposed to giving us another male-centered book. I’m not going to lie; I find this to be a refreshing change.

I read Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald in April. Like many other literature lovers, I am very¬†intrigued by the whole era and the men that dominated the American literary scene in those years. Shamefully, I can admit that I didn’t think much about their wives. But as I was reading the book, I couldn’t help but hope that Zelda could be strong and stand up for herself when it seemed like Fitzgerald wasn’t being a great husband/partner. I wanted her to be able to find her own passions and meaning in life other than being someone’s wife. I wanted her to be able to live freely and do as she pleased. I’ll leave you to read the book or read a biography of the Fitzgeralds to find out if she succeeds, but I am glad that the spotlight has shifted to the women of these famous and revered authors.

One thing that I felt shock for when reading Z was my dislike for Hemingway. With everything I learned about him I seemed to like him less. I don’t know if it’s because younger me didn’t know that much about his family life or if I’ve grown in terms of the way I perceive relationships between men and women and our gender balance (or lack thereof?) but he really did not come off as a great man or husband. Because of this, I am intrigued and nervous to read more about him.

That being said, Shannon from River City Reading highly recommends Mrs. Hemingway, a book told from all four of Hemingway’s wives’ point of views, and because I respect Shannon’s opinions, this book is now on my radar as well. I’m interested to see whether my opinion of Hemingway will change with this reading or if my feelings will continue along the path that it has been going… I can’t wait to add this to my bookshelf so I can find out for myself!

Do you have any thoughts about Ernest Hemingway? Are you a fan? Did you add any new books to your wishlist this week? Let me know!