So it’s the day after my sister got married and I’m fucking exhausted. All I can think about it sleeping for a day. The last few days have been incredibly unhealthy and I need to get back into my healthier routine and start doing some exercise again. I also need to try and curb my spending for this week because wedding are fucking expensive. Still, the week off I took in preparation has proved to be useful in terms of getting shit done bookwise. I finished the book I started just over a week ago, which is better than I’d expected. There was probably some sort of bridesmaid duties I should have been doing instead but it all turned out fine in the end. My plan now the wedding is over is to hide away in my room with my books and make sure nobody takes my picture again. For someone as unphotogenic as me (seriously that’s not me being coy or modest, I seriously don’t photograph well) it’s been a hellish couple of days. I’m dreading any pictures of me making their way onto Facebook. All those photos are just another reason to never get married I suppose.
- Finder Keepers by Stephen King
Finished this the night before the wedding, which, in hindsight, was probably the wrong decision to make. Still, I made it through the day. Not really sure what to make of this. As a follow-up to a book I wasn’t exactly enamoured with I can’t say I believed it was going to utterly blow me away. And, to be honest, it didn’t but, for the most part, I enjoyed it more than I did Mr Mercedes. I think the structure was better and the narrative flow made more sense to me. I’m still unconvinced about the present tense but that looks like it’s set in stone. However, I can’t help but worry about the direction the final one is going in. I realise it’s still Stephen King but I don’t understand the need to start including paranormal influences. Well I’ll find out how it pans out soon enough considering…
- End of Watch by Stephen King
In an attempt to be upfront and honest with you, I have to admit that I haven’t started this yet. I just haven’t had a lot of time for reading over the last few days but I intend to start immediately. Although, I’m not really looking forward to it. The idea that Holly based some sort of psychokinetic ability into Brady just doesn’t fit with the way the Bill Hodges trilogy has been going so I don’t see why King needed to upturn the apple cart. Still, he’s Stephen King and I’m sure he’s got plans beyond my comprehension. We’ll see.
- A Vindication on the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft
I used Vindication
in my postgraduate dissertation and I really didn’t need another copy. However, as is so often the case in this section of my rundown, I fell in love with the Vintage Feminism Short Edition. This is an important work in terms of women and politics but it’s difficult to find a pretty edition of it. Wollstonecraft is one of my favourite female writers
and believe she is important enough to be remembered for being truly great.
- Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
You, like me, are probably familiar with the film adaptation of Battle Royale because it’s so fucking awesome. However, I’ve never read the book so decided it was time. Plus, the 2014 edition happens to be a bloody fantastic piece of cover art. Battle Royale is like Lord of the Flies meets The Hunger Games meets Quentin Tarantino. Kids being placed into a situation where only one can survive. Violence ensues and it’s fucking great. I can only hope the book is just as good. If not, I’ll just rewatch the film… it’s been a while.
Watched this classic Ben Stiller film for the first time in ages and the nostalgia made it perfect for this week’s TBT post.