After last weeks mega book haul I managed to keep myself to a slightly more acceptable number of 2 new books this week. I still didn’t technically “need” them but, really, I did need them. I don’t know why I can’t stop myself buying books. I have so many to read that I never know where to start and I’ve run out of convenient places to store them. Every sign is pointing me towards not buying any more but, as soon as I’ve had a bad day at work, oops another book comes home with me. I kind of feel like those crazy people who hoard loads of cans in their basements in case of nuclear apocalypse. Of course, in the event of the apocalypse my huge personal library will provide little in the way of practical assistance. I mean, in an incredibly dire case, it could provide some heat but that feels a bit too Fahrenheit 451 for my tastes. Maybe I could make some sort of rudimentary shelter with them but, again, it doesn’t seem like the best start to my post-apocalyptic life. Although, fingers crossed, it might be a good time to finally put a dent in my humongous TBR pile.
- The Answers by Catherine Lacey
- A Lover’s Discourse by Roland Barthes
Since finishing The 7th Function of Language at the end of last month I have found myself drawn to read more of Barthes’ work. I’m becoming obsessed with his writing in a way that I wish I have been at university. He definitely came up in my Literary Theory class but I never really gave him a second thought. I’ve always been pretty stubborn in my love of New Historicism and tend to not look too far beyond that in my analysis. Anyway, I decided to start with this because it’s the kind of thing poncy people in airy fairy relationships like to quote when they talk about their connection. I’m sure the cynic in me is bound to hate it but the young girl who grew up on Disney movies will no doubt swoon.
- 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
I’ve still not got beyond the first book of Haruki Murakami’s epic tale and, if I’m honest, I have no plans to finish it any time soon. However, I’ve been taking a lot of photos of my Murakami collection recently and it’s starting to feel incomplete. There are still a couple of old books that I don’t have (A Wild Sheep Chase, After Dark, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running) and I still need to buy Men Without Women and Absolutely on Music. But, getting one step closer, feels good and I can convince myself that I’ll finally start Book 2, which I won’t.
- Netflix Binges: Modern Family, Westworld
- The Parole Officer