TOP TEN TUESDAY – 12th December 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a different topic that one of their bloggers answers, and they invite others to join in, by posting their answers as a comment of by creating their own blog post.

It’s been a whole month since I joined in with Top Ten Tuesday, but I’m glad to get back into the swing of things with this week’s topic. I’ve read some great books this year, and this is a brilliant opportunity to reflect on them (and maybe get others to read them too!) Continue reading “TOP TEN TUESDAY – 12th December 2017”

REVIEW: Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

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“I was invisible. I was furniture.”

-Eileen, Ottessa Moshfegh (2015)

Eileen is a young woman, left to nurse her alcoholic father after the death of her mother. Left alone together, their relationship has turned septic. They have let the wounds between them become infected, and the infection has spread further into their lives. Their house is squalid and they fester in it. Despite her father’s obvious decline, his status as a respected ex-cop gives him a free pass. The local police turn a blind eye to his drink-driving and threatening behaviour and Eileen resents them for it. Continue reading “REVIEW: Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh”

WWW Wednesdays: 22nd February 2017

I missed last week’s WWW Wednesday post because I didn’t do a whole lot of reading. I’ve gone into a general slump since the resolutions I made in the New Year, but I’m trying to get back on track. I probably would have read more this week, but the family descended over the weekend, so I’ve taken my time. I did finish Eileen though! Hooray!

WWW is hosted by Taking on the World of Words. Each Wednesday book enthusiasts share their read by answering three questions:

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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I know I intended to read Eleanor & Park after I finished reading Eileen but I’m fickle. I find that once I’ve bought it book and had it around for a couple of months, I’m much more relaxed about when I read it. So I end up pushing it back for other books. I rewatched the first season of Bitten on Netflix last week and remembered that it was based on a series of book’s by Kelley Armstrong. I’ve been craving more fantasy based books recently, so I picked it up from the library. It’s interesting to see how the TV adaptation has moved away from the book.

 

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Eileen. I’ve had it waiting patiently to be read since November. I think part of the reason I was holding off is because it’s signed and to me that’s the equivalent of a Fabrege egg in the book world. It wasn’t a disappointment. After reading Eileen, I’m tempted to get Moshfegh’s short story collection. Her prose is just flawless. The characters have so many idiosyncrasies that they feel three-dimensional. The mundane life of an unremarkable young woman is changed irrevocably by her friendship with a new colleague and the events that follow.

 

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What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m going to say Eleanor & Park (again) knowing that I’ve reserved Diana Athill’s Stet: An Editor’s Life from the library. Wishful thinking, but who knows?

 

 

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What are you reading this week?

WWW Wednesdays: 8th February 2017

I managed to finally finish Fates & Furies a couple of days ago and I’m looking forward to another week of reading. I’ve read 6 books so far in 2017, so I’m well on my way to completing my goal of 50 books this year!

WWW is hosted by Taking on the World of Words. Each Wednesday book enthusiasts share their read by answering three questions:

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next? Continue reading “WWW Wednesdays: 8th February 2017”

WWW WEDNESDAYS: 1st February 2017

How is it February already? Where did January go? I’m slightl scared by the speed 2017 is trying to go at. I had a little bit of a reading slump this week (more a slump in general) but I managed to finish at least one book. Hurray!

WWW is hosted by Taking on the World of Words. Each Wednesday book enthusiasts share their read by answering three questions:

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next? Continue reading “WWW WEDNESDAYS: 1st February 2017”

MISC: Winter Reads

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Okay, it’s halfway through December and Christmas is only ten days away. How did that happen? I feel like I went to sleep in October and November snuck off while I was in bed. So some people might say it’s a little late to be posting about my winter reads but I live in the North of England and winter seems to linger here into March. Actually winter would eat its way into spring if it could. Some years you have to beat it away with sticks. Anyway, my point is the nights will be long, dark and cold for the next few months and I have the perfect books planned to snuggle up with. Continue reading “MISC: Winter Reads”

READING LISTS: The TBR Pile

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My To Be Read pile has spiralled out of control. Over the past few months its evolved into a tower. You could probably use it to build the foundations of a small house.There’s something infinitely exciting about buying a new book and the eperiences you’ll have reading it. Since starting the blog I’ve definitely become more addicted to that feeling, and even though I try to curb my spending by using the glorious, glorious library sometimes I slip up (a lot). So, my aim for the final two months of the year is to make my way through this pile and make it smaller. If I can get it into single figures I will be immensely happy.

I should probably start with the short story collections first- Multitudes by Lucy Caldwell, We Don’t Know What We’re Doing by Thomas Morris and Spoiled Brats by Simon Rich- because I haven’t read any short stories in a while and they really do help to spur on my own short story collection. But I might have to sneak Jane Eyre in somewhere because I’ve been saving it as a winter read.

Does anyone else have a mountainous TBR pile?