April 24, 2017

Springtime Reading (Update One)


This springtime I've found myself selecting my reading material with more deliberation than usual. Spring is forefront in my mind, and so every time I go to my shelf and choose a book, I can't help but pick one that reminds me of the season. I've re-read a few springtime favorites, and I've tried a few that I never used to like, but now find I love.

But to point. Being that my reading has been structured around springtime, I thought I'd give you an update of what all those stories are, and what I hope to read before the end of spring! (Hopefully this will also give you some new book recommendations. That's always a  welcome thing, am I right?)

Catrin in Wales by Mabel Esther Allan
Ever since I first read this book two years ago I loved it. (Read my original review here.) Now, finally done with my second re-read, I find it just as much a favorite as ever. I honestly don't know how to put it in words, but this book is really, really special and dear to me.

*Reading this book was also part of the goal I set for Heidi's Adventure of Reading Challenge* Check it out here!*

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Again, this was my second re-read. I did this one early in the springtime, in March, because at the time I was yearning for spring and reading this book seemed a good way to satisfy myself despite the gray and muddy weather outside. (Thankfully those days are completely past, YAY.)  I enjoyed this book just as much as I did the first time. It's odd in places (aherm), and most of the characters do things I don't approve of (aHERM). But on the whole, the story is so captivating (ha) and magical. And despite having next to nothing in common with Cassandra (other than being writers), I find her a very relatable and sympathetic heroine.
 (Despite her annoying love life, urgh.)
(#TeamStephen)
(He's just so nice.)



A Tangled Web by L. M. Montgomery
This is also a second re-read, and my goodness, what a change of opinion this time around! Quite on a whim, I picked this up and started reading it and couldn't put it down. The first time I read this I was close to eleven years old. Maybe that's why I found it insufferably boring the first time. I have no idea. But this time--this time! It was humorous, delightful, and just all around gold. Montgomery hardly ever disappoints, and I'm so glad I wasn't re-disappointed by this one!

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Eeeeee! I just finished reading this darling book, and all I have to complain about is where has it been all my life? I might have read it once when I was a wee thing, but most of my memory of the story comes from a movie version. :P But my foreknowledge of the general storyline, this book wouldn't let me go. I kept looking forward excitingly to whenever I had moments of spare time to read it. Seriously. This book is beautiful. I love it to death.
(Don't ask me who I ship Mary with once they're all grown up, because I don't know.)
(Yes, I do. Probably Dickon.)
(After all, Colin and Mary will grow up together like brother and sister. And he'll become a famous scientist and lecturer. <3)

And that's it! Now, you probably studied the photos above (if you're anything like me), and am waiting for me to mention all the other books. Well, those are books I'm hoping to read, especially Peter Pan and Northanger Abbey, for Heidi's Adventure of Reading Challenge.

Here's my full list of "hopefuls":
Peter Pan
Greenwillow
Rebecca
Jane of Lantern Hill
Emma
Northanger Abbey
Emily of New Moon
Only a Novel

As of this moment, I have started Jane of Lantern Hill (hear that, Éowyn? :)), which is coincidentally the only book on my list that is not a re-read. (So far it's delightful, but we shall see. :)) (I have high hopes.)


Well! Now all we have to do is wait and see if I can conquer my list before June 21st! I was going to give myself until the end of May, but since June 21st is the official first day of summer, why not give myself more time? ;) Hee.

What books have you been reading this spring? 
Do you have any "springtime" favorites? 
Have you read any of the books listed? 
How has your spring been as of late?