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Scott, Zelda, #FuturePRoof and Dr Jekyll

Monday, 30 January 2017

This year, 2017, I've made it my resolution to read more books. After completing my degree last July, I have been in a bit of a reading slump and, despite receiving some beautiful books for Christmas, I can't remember the last time I actually finished a book.

I've been actively trying to read more non-fiction recently and in particular, I've been trying to read more biographies. For Christmas, I received a couple of non-fiction books including Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda by Jackson R. Bryer and Cathy W. Barks. It is a thick book filled with 333 letters that Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald sent to each other from the late 1910's to the 1940's. These letters detail Scott and Zelda's romantic life as well as Zelda's mental breakdown and submission to Prangin's Clinic, Scott's ongoing problem with alcoholism, and the financial difficulties they both endured. It is a truly fascinating read, and one I'd highly recommend to anyone who is interested in the Fitzgerald's and/or American history.

As well as Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda, this month I've also been reading journals and books about public relations. I found the above, #FuturePRoof, within my university's library. Rather than a reference book, #FuturePRoof is a collection of essays written by the most influential people in the industry. As it was only published last year, the essays feature contemporary issues such as the effect of Brexit and - my personal favourite - gender and public relations. I'm hoping to go back to university in September and study public relations, and before I do so, I'm trying to get in some additional background reading. 

In February, I hope to read a book I've had on my to-read pile for some time now: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Written by Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a nineteenth-century novel about one man who investigates the strange association between Dr Jekyll, a doctor and experimental scientist, and the 'damnable young man' Edward Hyde. I've never read anything by Stevenson, but this book sounds dark and twisted and I'm very excited to read it.

What did you read this month?