My reading has slowly increased again. I’ve more or less adjusted to “the new normal” as the kids say these days, although I still miss physically going to work at the library every day. Despite the recent terrible events in our country my mental health has improved somewhat, and with that comes my usual desire to consume books and media and overanalyze them all.
So after a break, here’s the QuickLit for this month, and while you’re at it, check out the other lists on Modern Mrs. Darcy!
I decided to re-read the first three Anne books before continuing on, and luckily, this book is available on the Internet Archive. (I won’t be addressing the recent controversy with Internet Archive here, only expressing gratitude that older books are available online through it.)
Anne and Gilbert are engaged, and while Gilbert finishes his education to become a doctor, Anne takes up the post of principal at Summerside High School. Yes, a 21 year old fresh out of college becomes a high school principal. To be fair, you could do a lot worse than Anne as a principal. (Personal experience.) The book is written as a series of letters from her to Gilbert. So far, they’ve detailed her struggles to find lodging, as the reigning family of the town, the Pringles, had a cousin passed over for the post and they’re ready to passively-aggressively cause problems on purpose. Luckily Anne finds a boarding house run by two widows and their stern but loyal housekeeper, on a nice country lane with a darkly romantic view of an ancient cemetery nearby. Anne understands my specific aesthetic.
I look forward to learning more about Summerside, especially the Pringles. Having grown up in a small town with several larger, clannish inter-related families that battled for social dominance, I suspect Anne will have her work cut out for her.
Also known as “Turin’s Bad Life Choices: The Complete Edition”.
This is the culmination of the variations of Tolkien’s tragic story of Turin, taken from The Silmarillion, The Unfinished Tales, and The Book of Lost Tales. Christopher Tolkien edited these variations and expansions into a single, cohesive narrative, and so far I’m liking it. I’m glad I read all of the variations and Tolkien’s worldbuilding that went into them, but if you just want the full tale this book is the way to go. I actually appreciate that Tolkien made Turin into a very unlikely protagonist. He’s a bit dark and brooding, which is probably why the ladies love him, but he’s also got a hidden temper and stubborness for days, which eventually cause his downfall. I’m almost to the fall of Nargothrond, so it won’t be long before Morwen and Nienor also start making their own bad life choices. Hurin’s family needs some serious therapy. (And he’s gonna need some once he gets out of Angband.)