It’s that time again, everyone. Time for QuickLit!
I’m actually back to my usual “read everything at once” phase, so that’s good news. Without further ado…
Yep, I’m starting on The Witcher novels. I’m pleased to find out that the stories aren’t in chronological order either, so I can be just as puzzled as I was with the series! The first story is the one about the striga princess, except it’s straightforward, no confusion over what the monster is at all. So far it hasn’t been bad. The writing is decent, but honestly not what everyone makes it out to be. My mind may change as I get further into the book, however.
This is a book some of us from my church are reading through. It delves deep into the racism that is woven throughout our society that white people aren’t really aware of because we simply don’t have to deal with it on a daily basis. I have some quibbles with the author on certain concepts, but I think it’s a good book to read, especially if you’re the type of person to instantly balk at the title and start complaining about being called racist or being lumped into a group. (I think it says something that the same people who hate being lumped as a group like this are also the ones I’ve seen trying to insist that the looters and rioters and protesters are all one same homogeneous group as well. Something to ponder.) Essentially, the book isn’t designed to accuse but make us think about subconscious perceptions and biases.
Meanwhile, we’re also traveling back to the Revolution. The book is a biography of the three titular families and how their interactions and connections affected the Revolution. So far, unlike Franklin and Washington, this book is achieving its goal, partly because these families did interact extensively leading up to the Revolution. It’s been interesting to see specifically how John Adams had a comparatively less fortunate life than the others and how that affects his viewpoint. Basically, he had a bit of a chip on his shoulder and lots of people heard about it. (SIT DOWN JOHN.)
And, finally, I’m re-reading The Hobbit. It always strikes me how much more childlike this book is, compared to the mature Lord of the Rings and the tragic, mythological Silmarillion. That said, I think it lends some charm to it. The book focuses on one quest that isn’t about saving the world, so it makes for a good children’s book. I’ve been making notes in the margins, and apart from just writing “no” repeatedly when Bilbo sees the spiders, I did notice that there are regular references to a king…which Middle Earth doesn’t have at this point. It’s interesting to see how the world building developed afterward, but I’m guessing Tolkien missed this discrepancy when trying to make sure both stories matched up.
So, what is everyone else reading these days?