I’m currently trying to minimise the amount of books I have in London, because I’m pretty conscious of completely swamping my aunt’s house in books. It will happen if I don’t watch myself. So I’ve turned my home into an almost library, where every time I go back I take the books I’ve read home and bring back the same amount that I haven’t read. It’s a system that’s lasted all of about three minutes, because I am terrible at not buying books.
A couple of books I’ve been given by colleagues who have passed them along after they’ve read them so I don’t count that as not sticking to the rule. Or deviating from the rule only slightly. You can’t really turn down books that have been offered to you. That would be sheer madness. So here are the books I’ve collected over the last few weeks.
Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
The film release sparked a lot of interest in this book and brought it to my attention. Films are great at giving books a second life. As a bookworm I wanted to read the novel first, and I actually finished it on the morning of writing this post. It perfectly captures the drama and intensity of teenage infatuation which can often be the result of our imaginations as well as reality and almost moments. My heart thudded, I blushed, my palms were sweaty. A great read.
Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
I’ve always been fascinated with Greek myths and legends, I actually liked the film Troy, and I think Miller’s interpretation of Achilles and Patroclus’ relationship is interesting so I’m looking forward to reading it.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
I’ve never read any of Muriel Spark’s writing, and this short work is a nice introduction to it. Eccentric and forward thinking teachers make for great characters – hopefully Miss Jean Brodie won’t disappoint!
Sal by Mick Kitson
This book has such a great cover. Sal takes her younger sister to live in the wilderness of Scotland to spare her from their abusive family life. Goodreads is brimming with great reviews, so I imagine this will be a good one!
How Not To Be A Boy by Robert Webb
I absolutely loved The Mitchell and Webb Look when it was on TV, although I never got in to Peep Show, and I heard Webb read extract from his school diaries on Radio 4 once which made me laugh out loud (something I don’t often do). I’ve wanted to read both David Mitchell and Robert Webb’s books, but I got offered it in the office so I couldn’t turn it down!
Angel by Elizabeth Taylor
I mentioned Taylor in my post for international women’s day. I’ve read a fraction of her work, the teeniest amount and I wanted to change that so I picked up Angel. The young girl reminds me of Bryony from Atonement – I wonder what mischief she’ll get up to.
After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry
Another book I was offered! I loved The Essex Serpent, even when I thought I wouldn’t. Perry’s writing is meticulous, artful and her characters are layered. I can’t wait to tuck into her debut which seems so different but also has that eerie edge that The Essex Serpent had.