I’d always known Trainspotting as one of those books which I should read, but had not the time or inclination to. It’s not in our school library – copious amounts of drugs, alcohol, and swearing isn’t the vibe that my Catholic school is aiming for – and I always chose to buy other books instead of it.… Read More CR: Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
W.H. Auden is great for heartbreak. Pathetic, I know – I am too acutely aware of my own cynicism, my own failures. I should have listened to the Love Through the Ages AQA poetry anthology more. True love doesn’t exist, but boys who really know how to fuck up do. And that’s enough insight into my personal life, because I’m… Read More crying? W.H. Auden.
Christ, how I love Angela Carter. Having adored The Bloody Chamber last year – and with nothing better to do in a free period than browse the library and complain about mocks – I picked Wise Children out because it’s relatively short and has a pink cover. It is, however, a snazzy, spangly, high-kicking read… Read More Wise Children by Angela Carter
2018! New year, new me! And to celebrate this new, healthier me – one who has finally lost the tendency to over-worry, over-complicate and over-doubt – I’ve just finished reading a book about vampires. And man-eating lions. And magicians. And robots. A complete departure from my ‘usual’ book – and for the past year, ‘usual’… Read More Perchance to Dream by Charles Beaumont
I know that Christmas seems horrifically distant, but I really wanted to share my post-Christmas bookish purchases, plus a couple of texts I received from friends. My brain is also painfully reluctant to write a book review, because I’ve had five hours sleep and am now ready to prop my eyes open with matchsticks. the… Read More Post-Christmas Book Haul
That was one hell of a year. I read more than 17 books this year, but these 17 life lessons (learnt at the tender age of 17, dancing queen) were difficult to scrimp together. I’m not a reflective person, on the whole; whenever something bad happens, I think ‘oh fuck’, don’t bother to evaluate my… Read More 17 Lessons, 17 Books: Farewell to 2017
I read the first 200 pages, screamed, went to sleep, woke up in the morning and read the last two chapters. Sorry! There are a number of factors which contributed to the fact that I didn’t finish Atonement. These include: the fact that yesterday the books I ordered from Waterstones (Jean-Paul Sartre’s Nausea, Lincoln in the Bardo and Charles… Read More Atonement by Ian McEwan