A Reading Check-In

Midway through January and I am feeling keenly the reality of having set too many goals for this month. I have several major projects going on, reading being just one of them…

I have not started any new books for the War & Pacifism project, but a friend recommended Rousseau’s The Social Contract as a related text. I haven’t encountered Rousseau since a college history course, and I barely remember what was covered about him. It seems like a good choice to begin the year, adding to the project’s religious foundation some philosophical thought.

However, before I can sanely pick up Rousseau, I have a few other books to finish:

  • Nearly at the end of the second part of The Woman in White. It’s slow in places, but I’m still greatly enjoying it. It’s made me remember life used to be much more enjoyable when I used to consume more art like this.
  • About 1/3 into The Elephant Vanishes by Murakami; debating whether to finish it.
  • A few chapters into Kristin Lavransdatter: The Cross. It was quite easy to get back into even after so long a break, but I can’t say I’m liking it anymore than I did before. I will have a lot of critiques to share on this trilogy; brace yourselves.
  • Started Kafka’s Letters to Felice. I haven’t got back to it since starting it, but it’s highly entertaining. I will try to squeeze it in where I can.

Last but not least, I still owe you all a review of The Unwomanly Face of War… Honestly, it is one of those books where summarizing hardly feels adequate. Perhaps I will share some quotes from it instead. Let me know—what are your questions about it, if any?

9 responses to “A Reading Check-In”

  1. The Unwomanly Face of War is a curious title. My first question is: what is it about? I guess a narrative review is always sufficient to start with. Some books are just daunting like that and leave us speechless or frozen. That was my reaction to War and Peace and Gone With the Wind. Today, if I find myself in that situation and cannot formulate and express my deep thoughts about epic reads, I resort back to the notes I took and put together a narrative.

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    1. That’s a good approach! I wish I had taken more notes for this… I have a few. 🙂 It was one of those books that left me speechless during the reading as well!


      1. There was a whole spate of books on Soviet women in WW2 that came out a few years back. I picked up a few – including (I *think*) ‘Unwomanly Face’. Maybe I’ll get around to reading (at least one of) them this year!

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        1. I hope you get to! I thought I knew what it was about going into it, and I was blown away by how much I learned.


  2. I recently finished The Woman in White & loved it! KL is also one of my favourite books though I don’t think I could have read it as a young mother.

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    1. Ooh, what makes KL a favorite? I just searched your blog to see if there was a review but I didn’t find one… I think I can understand why others would like it a lot, but curious to hear your thoughts. 🙂

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      1. I wrote about it here, which might answer your question

        Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (1882-1949)

        We were on the Orkney Islands a couple of years ago and visited St. Magnus Cathedral & I felt like I’d stepped back into KL’s world while I was there. 🙂

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  3. P.S. I didn’t realise my link would be so large! Sorry about that.

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    1. Thanks for sharing, going to give it a read!
      Also, I realize my mistake…. I misspelled her last name when I searched your blog. 😆


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