Second Year - First term

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

So the first term of my second year is over and I can't believe how quickly it went! So I thought I would do a quick round up of my favourite books that I've read over the last couple of months in each of my modules, some were better than others...
One module was Romanticism, literally my worst nightmare. When I saw it on the schedule I was dreading having to read romantic poems and novels for ten weeks, but to my surprise it wasn't actually that bad! My favourite novel was definitely The Sorrows of Young Werther as Werther himself is an interesting character to critique, and his suicide is shocking in its gruesome detail. It's a really easy read (which is shocking for romanticism) and I really enjoyed writing about it in my coursework.
My favourite course was Apocalypse and the modern novel and it was so difficult to choose my favourites as I loved everything! One that kept me hooked from start to finish was Cat's Cradle a dystopian fiction that is told through black humour and human stupidity. It centres on an end of the world that is the result of scientific progression in the form of ice-nine, a solution that freezes the globe - I recommend this novel highly! I also really enjoyed The Day of the Triffids where the world is taken over by man-eating plants, and also The Road, a story of a man and his son travelling across a desolate America in search of refuge. It was actually quite scary studying the Apocalypse while Donald Trump was elected...
The last module was the American Novel, one I was really looking forward to but was really disappointed! So many of the novels weren't really enjoyable to read, not just the racist ones, and I feel like there were so many we could have read that were completely ignored. Despite this I love The Great Gatsby and it was nice to read it again and study it at University level - a definite must read and the recent film is such a good adaptation

Thanks for reading everyone!


Abriana Walton said...

Great post! I recently finished the first semester of my first term and oddly enough had to read Gatsby for a class I took. Though to be honest, I skimmed more than read. Maybe I'll give it a more thorough look.

The Purple Assassin. said...

Great post. I think books are an important part of my life as well.