This week I was on holiday again in honour of my birthday. I spent much of my time lying down in my room wondering where my life had gone. However, between this deep and probing moments of self-refection I managed to have a fairly relaxing if not entirely productive week. I read some stuff, rewatched old shows on Netflix and continued to obsessively hunt for gold and red bricks on Lego Batman 2. Who say’s I’m wasting my life? It’s also been a fairly bad week shopping wise. In order to overcome my general despair at the ageing process I’ve opened my wallet and bought a load of stuff I don’t need. Still, as I slowly descend into decrepitness at least I’ve have plenty of books to occupy my time and keep my mind sharp.
- The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood (Kindle edition)
Utilised my week off to finish this between House binges and Lego Batman 2. It’s very typically Atwood and I ended up really liking it. The novel was incredibly funny but I did feel this reliance on humour sometimes made it difficult to really connect with the narrative. The world dystopian future presented here is, worringly, all too possible but that sometimes got hidden by the ridiculous plot strands. There are times when it all gets a bit too insane but Atwood always manages to bring us back down to Earth with her deeply disturbing and realistic world. Definitely not her best but still a damn good read.
- 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad
Saw this book all over Twitter and Instagram so I got it soon after it came out. As I’m sure I’ve discussed, I’m all over any piece of fiction that tries to address women’s struggles with body-image. Plus, I’ve only heard good things about this book but that’s because it was all part of the marketing campaign. Still, I’m liking what I’ve read so far.
- Adventures in Human Being by Gavin Francise
I’m 28 years old but my understanding of human biology is fairly woeful. As we’ve discussed many times my attention span isn’t great so I doubt I’d be able to sit down at the end of a long day and read an intense scientific tome. This books is perfect. It has just enough educational value whilst also being easy to read and fun. I can dip in and out when I can and find out some interesting stuff at the same time. Loving it.
- You Should Pity Us Instead by Amy Gustine
My second purchase from my most anticipated books for 2016 list and I couldn’t be more excited. This collection sounds fucking amazing. Gustine presents short stories about some extreme situations. It sounds both devastating and incredibly interesting. May have to bump it up my list.
- Cities I’ve Never Lived in: Stories by Sara Majka
Not sure how I stumbled across this book but, after deciding to buy You Should Pity Us Instead I think I got lost in the irresistible world of short story collections. Majka’s debut collection takes a look at distance in a variety of forms. Whether it be between families, our past and future selves, or our public and private persona. It sounds really cool and I, despite the tiny summary on Amazon, instantly wanted to buy it.
- Bloodchild by Octavia E. Butler (Kindle edition)
After finishing my top 10 female authors list I was inspired to read more books by female writers. Then I found this free gem on the kindle store. It was fate. I’d just placed Octavia Butler at no.9 on the list so couldn’t really turn it down.
- Checkmate Vol 01: A Kings Game by Nunzio DeFillipis et al.
For various reasons that I don’t really want to go into now, I’ve recently become more obsessed with this branch of DC comics so have taken to enhancing my collection. It’s about a group of special agents working under the UN to help control superhuman threats to Earth. You know, in case any of those super strong beings ever cross the line. Basically, it’s like Agents of Shield meets 24 and I fucking love it.
- The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic by Jessica Hopper
Again, I don’t know how I came across this but I couldn’t resist it. I have no idea who Jessica Hopper is and have no experience of her writing. However, the reviews suggest that she is someone worth reading. I’m not exactly au fait with music criticism since I finally stopped pretending I was the type of person who should be reading NME. Still, good writing is good writing. I’d read any old shit if it was done in a beautiful way. Plus, you know, women.
- Zoolander 2
I have a lot of feelings about this film that I’m still trying to work over. Hopefully by Tuesday I’ll know how I feel. Until then, I’ll just say if there was every any doubt that I was completely in love with Keifer Sutherland then there really isn’t now. The man’s perfect.