As the year is slowly but surely coming to an end and my second year of university is approaching, I decided to start posting my monthly TBR (to-be-read) list. I want to do this not only because I think it could be interesting to look back and see how much I accomplished by the end of the month but also because I am a literature student and putting my reading list up online will probably motivate me to read the whole text, not just the summary. Also, by the end of the month, I will post an end-of-month reading log in order to keep track of the books I have read and the ones I have to migrate to the next month.
Without further ado, here’s my TBR list for the month of August:
Dracula by Bram Stoker
“Jonathan Harker is travelling to Castle Dracula to see the Transylvanian noble, Count Dracula. He is begged by locals not to go there, because on the eve of St George’s Day, when the clock strikes midnight, all the evil things in the world will come full sway. But business must be done, so Jonathan makes his way to the Castle – and then his nightmare begins. His beloved wife Meena and other lost souls have fallen under the Count’s horrifying spell. Dracula must be destroyed . . .” (https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/59864/dracula/)
This book is a part of my university reading list for the first semester of one of my modules (as are most of the books on this list). I’m not going to lie, I tried reading this book when I was younger, maybe thirteen years old but I never truly understood it. The writing level was beyond my years and I was not able to understand the themes, the concepts and the social context this book was written in which is exactly why I am so excited to give this book a second try.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
“Little orphan Pip scarcely imagines how a terrifying encounter with a convict on the lonely marshes will later transform his life. Pip is more troubled by his visits to strange old Miss Havisham – her decaying wedding dress and the house full of memories – and the beautiful girl Estella who makes him ashamed of his country manners and coarse hands. A blacksmith’s apprentice could never hope to win Estella, but then, young Pip’s future might not turn out quite as expected…” (https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1097579/great-expectations/)
I don’t have much to say about this book yet only that I am intrigued by the premise of it. For some reason, it reminds me of The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain which I loved very much as a child.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
“Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange on the bleak Yorkshire moors, is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights, the home of his landlord. There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that took place years before: of the intense passion between the foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, and her betrayal of him. As Heathcliff’s bitterness and vengeance is visited upon the next generation, their innocent heirs must struggle to escape the legacy of the past.” (https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/176782/wuthering-heights/)
Wuthering Heights was one of those books that I kept hearing about as I was growing up and I never really knew what it was about so when this book showed up on my reading list for uni and I read the blurb, well, I was so excited to start reading it. It kind of reminds me of watching A Miss Mallard Mystery as a child and how much I enjoyed the episode where she ‘inherits’ a haunted castle (Stairway to Doom).
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by H. L. Stevenson
“Published as a ‘shilling shocker’, Robert Louis Stevenson’s dark psychological fantasy gave birth to the idea of the split personality. The story of respectable Dr Jekyll’s strange association with ‘damnable young man’ Edward Hyde; the hunt through fog-bound London for a killer; and the final revelation of Hyde’s true identity is a chilling exploration of humanity’s basest capacity for evil.” (https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/184009/dr-jekyll-and-mr-hyde/)
As I’ve said earlier, I don’t have much to say about this book because it hasn’t really been on my radar but I’m excited about the prospect of split-personalities and the “fog-bound London”.
There you have it, a pretty short list of texts but since it’s the end of summer I decided to focus more on having fun rather than on my reading. Feel free to leave a comment down below about your August TBR! Thank you for reading and make sure to check out my last blog post which is all about my three favourite bullet journal spreads.