In good news I’ve only indulged in one new book this week. On the other hand, I’ve hardly been a great reader. I’ve felt like shit and have had an awful week at work. The last thing I wanted to do when getting home was read something complicated. So I’ve turned to really simple books that require no real effort to read. Although this is making me feel super fucking guilty. I recently watched John Green’s guide to giving books for Christmas and I can’t help but think that I’ve missed out of so many of the greats this year. Being more prominent on Instagram means I see people with Booker Prize nominees whilst I’m chilling out with some trashy thriller or the latest YA garbage. I don’t think I’d recommend any of my last read books to anyone. So I’ve decided: 2016 will be the year of reading great books.
- Asking For It by Louise O’Neill (Kindle Version)
So I finally got round to reading this one despite the fact that I was not a fan of Louise O’Neill going in. I thought Only Ever Yours was a dismal example of YA fiction, which considering what I think about YA fiction is really saying something. However, I finished this one in a matter of days because it’s pretty simplistic. The story follows Emma, a beautiful young girl who is sexually assaulted whilst under the influence of alcohol and drugs. The book follows her struggle to live in her small community where social media played a massive part in making her encounter public knowledge.
I can’t say that I was a massive fan of the novel but I preferred it to her previous offering. The narration was the biggest annoyance really. Emma’s thoughts are pretty simple and never really go too deep in history or context. I have read Goodread reviews that say people hated the book because Emma isn’t a nice person. She isn’t but let’s not be fucking babies about it. People aren’t always good people. Who gives a shit. This is a bleak but realistic portrayal of rape in our culture. It could have been harder hitting and written better but it’s a start.
- Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
So I haven’t really got much further on this one. It’s amazing how quickly I’ve grown to love my Kindle after years of stubbornly fighting against change. I probably buy things more regularly but they only cost a couple of pounds a time. That makes it okay right? It does mean that I’m ignoring my stack of IRL books at the same time. This one was a bit too intense for late night reading. Long sections that I could never get through before my eyes started drooping. Still, I’ll find time. Maybe on my current week off.
- Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz (Kindle Version)
My friend got me a free copy of Horowitz’s last Sherlock Holmes novel, The House of Silk, and I felt compelled to read it. I wasn’t a massive fan because it felt so fucking modern despite still being set in the Conan Doyle’s time. It wasn’t that it was badly written but Horowitz seemed so keen to show off all his Holmes knowledge that it felt kind of sad. Plus, the overall crime felt very out-of-place for the character. Yes, pedophilia would have existed back then but it definitely wouldn’t have been written about in novels. Still, this was another cheap find and I’ve been thinking about it for a while. We’ll see if the author’s a little less excited this time.
- The Batman vs Superman trailer
You’re probably getting sick of me flip-flopping about this film but, fuck me, was that trailer good. As a longtime supporter of Batfleck I’m glad he’s proved himself so much. He could very easily replace Michael Keaton as my all time favourite Bruce Wayne. The tension between the two is amazing and Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor is deliciously evil. I actually think I’m excited again. But biggest revelation? Wonder Woman is going to be fucking fantastic. Never really cared about her before but, if her small cameo here is anything to go by, she’ll be one of the best things about it.