I thought I'd be reading loads during lockdown but if anything I'm reading less. I've finished Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse (a bit of a slog at times but some beautiful passages) and started The Godfather (it's trashier than I was expecting).
Interested to hear about anyone else's lockdown reads.
Post by Calvinball on May 27, 2020 10:30:12 GMT -5
Oddly enough I haven't touched a book since shutdown, aside from a few rereads on audiobook. Reading for me has always something I did while traveling and relaxing, I haven't felt relaxed lately and haven't felt compelled to read anything new, it's weird I can't explain it. Now that we're out of shutdown and I'm much more emotionally okay with my current situation I'll probably jump back into my Kindle soon enough.
Post by stringypoo on Jun 21, 2020 18:43:59 GMT -5
It's a small thing, but I'm really quite proud of myself for finally getting a book to read and actually reading each night before I sleep. My entire life I have had a deep dislike towards reading books. But as I get older, my interests, likes, and dislikes all change, it seems. I was a student who loved math and hated science and social studies courses, and now I am so fond of history and geography, and annoyed by math. Relating to the books, I disliked books so much that I never read class books in school, and graduated only having read two books front to back.
I picked out Neil Gaimon's book, Norse Mythology, partly because Norse mythology is a huge theme in metal, and I wanted my reading material to reflect interests of mine. The book is so different from my expectations, given that these themes show up in metal a lot as a brutal and triumphant image. However, in the book, these gods are so humanized, flawed, and just relatable in so many ways. They don't feel like gods at all. Thor feels like my loud uncle, the beautiful goddess Freya sounds like some fashion-forward women I know. Odin, although the wisest of the gods, has plenty of faults and is basically like a common-day leader. I am finding these characters quite fun and relatable. I was expecting a very different telling of these stories based on bands like Amon Amarth and all brutalizing the image. But Neil Gaimon tells it in a more charming way. Not nearly as significant a read as the two major novels I had read, but it's still quite fun.
Post by stringypoo on Jul 31, 2020 21:37:02 GMT -5
It’s not a big feat for some (and likely most of you), but I just finished my first book this year. I mentioned the book in my previous post here, Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman. I just never enjoyed reading, and haven’t read a whole book front to back since high school, which for me is now more than a decade ago. When I think about this fact, I kind of think it’s embarrassing. Especially because I now hold a doctorate in music, and even wrote a book to acquire it! Hahaha! But anyway, I took my time with this relatively short book (just shy of 200 pages) and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a nice compilation of short stories which lightly skimmed through the history of the gods and their birth leading to the end of their era, Ragnorok. Being that I am a longtime fan of Viking metal bands and bands whose names and lyrical co tent often involves these topics and names, it was awesome gaining some context. I especially find the topic of Surtr interesting, the mysterious statue-like god that will only rise at the end of the time of the Gods, during Ragnorok. Amon Amarth has an album with Surtr in the title, so you can assume what the album is about. Now I know more about it. So cool.
Now I’m debating if I should find deeper literature in this topic or if I should try something different.