After a few weeks of being so good about not buying books I’ve completely lost my resolve this week. I spent time on Amazon tracking down cheap second-hand books that I’ve wanted to read. I managed to get the list down from 10+ to four but it still feels like a bit of a fail. Something that isn’t made easier by the fact that each week more of the books on my ‘most anticipated of 2016’ list are coming out which means more books to buy. It feels weirdly overwhelming. There is a massive price to pay for being a book lover. Until I become a millionaire and have both the funds and the time to indulge my passion I’ll always have some feelings of guilt surrounding my book buying/reading habits. Still, there are worse things I could be doing with my time and money. Better not get too worried just yet.
- Jaws by Peter Benchley
It’s kind of trashy and nowhere near as good as Spielberg’s film narrative but I’m enjoying reading this novel. It’s a fairly easy read and all the shark focused sections are really detailed and interesting. This was a book that became a bestseller upon its release in 1974 and stayed there for a long time. At the moment it’s hard to see why and it’s painfully clear why Spielberg made so many adjustments for the film. Still, it is fun so I’ll stick with it for now.
- The Likeness by Tana French
I first heard about this book years ago and was interested by the concept. However, as we all know by now, I’m not exactly a fan of police thriller type books. Still, after seeing its title crop up on another ‘Books you need to take on holiday’ list I decided fate was trying to tell me something. I can’t imagine I’m going to love this book or wildly go after the rest of this series but I also can’t imagine it’s going to be anything other than harmless fun. We’ll see.
- A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
I know I know. Bandwagon. Jumping. I get it. This book was everywhere and nominated for pretty much every award. I just couldn’t justify buying it in hardback for full price when I was trying to be so good. So I’ve been watching the price steadily go down until I finally bit the bullet. I can’t wait to read this.
- The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
I count Margaret Atwood amongst my favourite authors because, quite frankly, she deserves it. I have adored pretty much every book I’ve read and love her style and the way she approaches her subject matter. However, I realise that, when it comes down to it, I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of her work. There is still plenty out there for me to read and enjoy. Starting here.
- Look at Me by Jennifer Egan
This was on the same list as the first book and it sounded so interesting. A model receives facial reconstruction after a fatal crash and feels as it she has lost her identity. Her life then becomes entangled with an unhappy teenager also called Charlotte. I’m not sure what to think of this novel but the concepts intrigue me.
- Hello, My Name is Doris
My love of Sally Field knows no bounds so I was excited for this. What did I think? Tune in on Tuesday.
Thunderbirds was always a favourite of my family when we were growing up and I continue to adore it to this day. It hasn’t exactly aged well but there is a timeless quality to it. It’s so well crafted and the little touches make it so much more than a puppet show. Going back to the series always gives me a warm dose of nostalgia… although I’m pleased to report that, as a grown-up, I no longer have to run from the room when that man gets burned in the Sidewinder episode. That was some intense shit.