June 2020 Reads

In May I hit 45/52 in my Goodreads challenge thanks to a lot of good weather for outside reading. Here are my June reads:

Fiction

Pericles (William Shakespeare)
I found this one kind of boring. I just found it sort of aimless. I wasn’t very interested in Pericles as a character – he was sort of a boring, average person. I liked Marina, but found her storyline fairly ridiculous. There wasn’t anything wrong with this play, per se, just no connection.

Cymbeline (William Shakespeare)
Okay, I will confess I always assumed this was about a woman. The name Cymbeline sounded so feminine I was shocked to find out Cymbeline was a king. As I read I couldn’t understand why this play was named for him at all. It really should’ve been called Imogen, as she is the heroine, and a great one at that. Definitely one of my favourite characters so far in this Shakespeare 2020 journey. I was actually hoping Iachimo would get his in the end, so I was disappointed in that. The “found sons” plot was predictable, but Imogen really steals the show.

King Lear (William Shakespeare)
I’d always wanted to read this, but never got around to it. Despite the hopelessness, violence and betrayal, I really enjoyed this. It’s definitely a downer of a play, but I really love how Act V comes together with so much tension. Goneril and Regan are awful, and Cordelia almost too good to be true, but I was most interested in Lear and Kent and waiting for the evil sisters to get their due.

A Lover’s Complaint (William Shakespeare)
This poem reads fast, but I find I’m not a big fan of Shakespeare’s long poems that much. Maybe it’s the form, but I never feel that I connect with them. This was much the same – a nice poem, but I felt no way about it in the end.

The Passionate Pilgrim (William Shakespeare)
A collection of poems, this one I enjoyed a lot more. Ironic, considering most of these 20 poems are not attributed to Shakespeare. There are some sonnet form poems here, which I do enjoy a lot more than long form, and it’s kind of fun to try and pick out the ones you think are Shakespeare’s.

Non Fiction

Beggars and Thieves: Lives of Urban Street Criminals (Mark S. Fleisher)
I got this book to help me with research for the book I’m writing/editing, as a lot of it deals with street criminals in Seattle close to the time my book is set. The actual stories of the author hanging with these street people and learning about them and their lives is really interesting, but the scientific ethnographic data is a bit dense. I wanted more of what these people did each day, where they went, who it was with, how they survived, but it was mostly analysis (which is expected, just not what I was most interested in).

Vancouver After Dark: The Wild History of a City’s Nightlife (Aaron Chapman)
This library read focuses on some of the early and noteworthy nightclubs and venues in Vancouver throughout the years. While it didn’t really stretch into the era I was clubbing (for locals, the Johnny Loves/Wild Coyote/Big Bam Boo era lol), it was an interesting read and history buffs will enjoy it. My only question … why no Roxy??

Goodreads Reading Challenge – 52/52

So yeah … completed my goal of 52 books and it’s only the end of June. I’m hoping to beat my all time high – 67 books.

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