Last year I didn’t do much reading once I’d moved to Korea. I was overwhelmed with the move, settling in and wanted to travel when I could. Plus, with a full time job that I had never done before, I spent a lot of time preparing lessons because I was unsure how it would go down. I also got in my naps after school whenever I could.

This year I’m determined to read a bit more. I set my reading list to a more manageable ten books for the year. If anything, I can read at least one book a month. So far, this year I have read two books. At the moment, I’m juggling just a couple of books.

Currently Reading:

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women follows four sisters: Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth from childhood to young womanhood and all the age old tropes that come with a coming of age novel such as love, family troubles, realizing the responsibilities you have to bear, and more.

About two weeks ago, my friends and I went to see Greta Gerwig’s Little Women and I fell in love. The movie is an absolute treasure and I could watch it again and again. I thought, since I loved the movie so much I should try out the book that inspired it all. I’m not a classics lover at all. There are only a handful of classics that I’ve actually read that I truly enjoy. It’s usually a slog for me to get through them. So, as you can imagine, I’m struggling a bit with reading this. It’s very slow at the moment and I think I might put it down after a few more chapters. I just wanted to try it to see how it turned out. If anything, I can always go back to the film to relive the goodness of the story and the characters.

Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo

Beverly has run away from home. Again. Nothing waits for her there now that her dog is dead and her mom doesn’t care about her. So, she’s ready to start a new life. A life where she doesn’t care about anyone else but herself, though that proves to be more difficult than she thinks.

This is the last book in the Three Ranchero’s trilogy which starts with DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale. Kate DiCamillo is one of my favorite middle grade authors, scratch that, one of my favorite authors period. Everything I’ve read from her, I’ve loved. She just has this way of writing and conveying these beautiful thoughts that it hits right in the heart. Although Raymie Nightingale wasn’t my favorite of DiCamillo’s, Louisina’s Way Home (The second book of the Three Rancheros) grabbed my heart and twisted it, I loved it so much. So, I’m excited to read about Beverly’s journey. It seems like it’ll be a hard one, indeed.

The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Suzy doesn’t believe things happen for no reason, and after her best friend dies, she has to believe it was something more. So, she embarks on a journey to find out what really happened to her best friend and figure out the truth.

Another middle grade because middle grade novels really touch a piece of me that Young Adult or Literary Fiction can’t really come that close to most times. I’ve had this book on my to read for awhile because it sounds heartbreaking and beautiful, but also because it has the theme of jellyfish. Fun fact about me, I have a strange love and fascination for jellyfish since watching the docuseries, Blue Planet. They’re amazing creatures. I’m excited to read this book and maybe get a good cry out of it.


What books are you currently reading?

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