It feels like this has been a fucking long week. Seriously, I feel like I’ve worked the equivalent of about three weeks over five days. It meant that on my day off yesterday I read, napped and lazed around. None of the productive things I meant to do got done so I’ll have to find time for them later. Why is it true that when one part of your life (my reading habits) appears to be getting so much better that the rest of your life becomes shitter? I’ve also done a lot more shopping this week than I should have. Although very little was book related. In fact. until yesterday I’d been really good with not buying any more books. I honestly thought my worries on that front were over. I seem to have replaced books with clothes which is something else I just don’t have the storage for. I’m so bad at throwing out clothes I don’t wear. It’s fucking stupid. I need to have a proper sort out and get that shit to a charity shop. Another of the things I should have done yesterday. Urgh, I’ve so much to do… I’m going back to bed.
- Things We Have In Common by Tasha Kavanagh
Managed to get through this one fairly quickly and I enjoyed it more than I thought. It was an interesting concept and the story wasn’t as straight forward as I’d anticipated. For the first time in ages, it actually had me guessing what was going to happen all the way through. There were some things I had a problem with: mainly the portrayal of the narrator, Yasmin. She seemed to be based more on clichéd concepts than being a well drawn character. Still, it was a good read and something that has stayed with me in the few days since I finished it. One of my favourite reads in a while. I’d recommend it.
- What She Left by T.R. Richmond (Kindle edition)
I bought this book after I read the sample back in November. After The Things We Have In Common I wanted to read something mindless and easy. I figured this would be that. Plus, the overall idea of plotting someone’s life using the digital footprints they leave behind is a really interesting idea. I just hope Richmond doesn’t fuck it up by being too obvious or simplistic. I don’t really give a shit about the investigation into Alice’s death. I’m just here for an interesting character study and a message about our society. We’ll see.
- We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Kindle edition)
It’s nearly Valentine’s days and, like Liz Lemon and Leslie Knope before me, I think I always tend to get a little more actively feminist than normal. This is why my purchases yesterday had something of a feminist twist to them. This essay has been on my wishlist for a while and I’m super interested to get through it.
- The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty by Amanda Filipacchi (Kindle edition)
This novel is an interesting concept despite it’s ridiculously chick-litty cover art. It would be hard for my to pass up any novel that is described as a mixture between 30 Rock and a Haruki Murakami novel. I mean how can anyone not want to read that?
- Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro
This was one of the big novels of 2014 and, obviously, I missed it first time around. It tales place over a weekend towards the end of Summer where a group of thirty something couples come together. They have to overcome their various little foibles and accept who they are. Hopefully, this novel will force me to confront some parts of myself that I’m not always happy to expose.
- The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women by Naomi Wolf
The other thing Valentine’s Day makes me do is come face-to-face with the idea of body-image. I, like basically everyone on the planet, has issues with my appearance. I always have and I always will. I’d be stupid to think that there were aspect of society that have influenced my idea about what beauty is. Wolf’s book has been around for a while but it sounds like it still holds as much weight now as it always did.
As usual, I’ll see you on Tuesday.