Monday, June 25, 2012

Summer Reading!

It's that wonderful time of year again! I apologise in advance if you don't have quite as long a holiday as us students (and an especially huge apology to those with no summer holiday at all - my heart goes out to you).  Here are some of the books which I am aiming to read over the coming months, and hopefully share with you all, and I would love it if you could comment and share the books you'll be devouring.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I remember studying this to death at secondary school. I also remembering swearing that I would never read this book again, thinking Atticus is the perfect father, and my friend's crush on Boo Radley (probably best not to ask!).  I feel like I'm now ready to actually read this book for pleasure now that I'm over my exam-related phobia of this classic.

I've never read it, and feel like it's one of those must-read classics, which has just happened to be sitting on my bookcase for years, untouched.  I always feel a bit daunted when it comes to Russian literature though - so I'll let you know how I get on!

Sophie once led a seminar of mine on short stories and asked us to raise our hands if we dabbled in writing before mentioning that she tried it 'once in a while'.  This seminar was in November - and now look!  She's undertaking a phd at the University of York and entered a competition for young new authors under 30.  She won, which meant she had to finish the novel in 30 days (and wrote a great blog post about writing a novel under so much pressure here.)  I couldn't be happier for Sophie - she really is lovely, and since it's been described as 'terrific' by Philip Pullman, I can't wait to get stuck into Rites!

There are several things which make me want to read Wayward - it is self-published and financed by Tom Gates (I always think if it's a DIY book there's just a 1000x more love behind those words than another dashed off formulaic book).  It's a collection of hilarious, honest, and gritty travel stories (which will only add to my wanderlust).  And the price - the kindle edition is only a few pounds, bargain. Gimme!

I have a confession to make.  I read a wonderful review of this when it first came out in 2011 and ordered it immediately.  It has since sat on my bookshelf untouched as other books and projects took precedence (I'm sorry little book).  It's described as 'a controversial first novel that took the French literary world by storm and won the Prix de Flore, Tristan Garcia uses sex, friendships and love affairs to show what happens to people when political ideals - Marxism, gay rights, sexual liberation, nationalism - come to an end.'  And I can't wait to read it this summer!

Now it's your turn - what is on your reading list for the summer months?

ps: if you're still at a loss for something to reading this summer Stylist magazine have compiled a list (you can never go wrong with a good old-fashioned list!)

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Bookshelves...or 'the perks of not reading eBooks'

There's a lot to be said for kindles and eBook readers, I know, I have one which I love and cherish. But none of those perks, in my opinion, quite match up to having bookshelves full of the books you've loved and the ones you've yet to love. And yes, I may spend hours perusing pinterest looking at photos of bookshelves...what of it?


Monday, June 4, 2012

Perks: the movie

I SWORE I would not go and see this film. Emma Watson, in my mind, could never be the same as Sam in the book. But maybe that's a good thing? Because this trailer has made me want to see it SO badly! Maybe the overriding beauty from this book is the story, not the characters, maybe, maybe, maybe... I'm excited!
I just don't want to be disappointed.

(It's also made me want to spend the evening with a mug of tea re-reading Perks instead of packing.)

Can a movie adaptation of your favourite book ever be as good as the book? 
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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Keltie Colleen's Favourite Book

Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart
by Pamela Des Barres
You can find it on goodreads here. 
I read this book after many years of hanging out with band types, and the way she talks about her heart, and how other hearts can be addictive, just made me feel better about my own flaws.

Expect the worst.  
Expect the best.  
Expect a fucking miracle.  
It's always anything can happen day.

Many thanks to Keltie Colleen for sharing your favourite book with us.  
Keltie can be found on twitter here, and her website is here.
image courtesy of amazon.

If you're interested in sharing your favourite book on 'the book.' I keep all the details here.

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