So. Books. More books.
I just finished Daniel Deronda after several years. I tried to get into it a few months back and just couldn’t get started with it for some reason, and now after zooming through it in 3 evenings I don’t see why I couldn’t start it. I really enjoyed it and found it quite an easy read and I liked the style of the writing. Some classics are hard to get your head round the meaning and the way it’s been written but this was quite a modern style if that makes sense? It left me wanting to know what happened to the naughty father – did he get caught stealing something else after he stole Daniel’s diamond ring (which was a stupid thing for a man to carry about and leave carelessly on a sideboard when you know there is a man of ‘ill repute’ staying with you but anyway).
Lizzie bought me that book a while ago, and this week I found a parcel waiting for me from Lizzie with a book and some other goodies in. So 84 Charing Cross Road has been read and added to my ever increasing pile of books given to me by Lizzie (thanks!). I liked this book, it just screams Lizzie! An in your face American from New York orders books from a typically British bookshop in London in the years straight after the second world war and gradually chips away at the famed British reserve. I cant get my head around how receiving a parcel of powdered eggs or a pack of tights is seen as such a treat but I guess rationing was still in effect in those days (although eggs?!!). It’s a shame she never got to meet the main man she corresponded with, but that’s life isn’t it?
I am now onto Cross Stitch (again given to me by Lizzie) and I’m liking it so far. only about a third of the way in, curious to see how it ends…I know there’s a few more books in the series, so does she get back?!
I have also read a book called Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki. It’s about how he went from cluttered big apartment in Tokio to smaller empty apartment. Hundreds of CDs and books (gasp) were thrown away, and gradually he got rid of most of his clothes and then furniture! It’s an OK read, I got a bit bored to be honest, hoping for some inspiration, it was more of a book for the sake of writing a book I think.
And finally, I just picked up Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood. I love the first 2 books – The Year of the Flood and Oryx and Crake. They are dystopian fiction, which is probably my favourite genre now. 1984, A Clockwork Orange, The Hunger Games, A Handmaid’s Tale, City of Ember…it makes me want to yell at the film or book “Cant you see what’s going on?!”
And speaking of dystopian fiction. The trailer for The Dark Tower film just landed. OMG. This series is my favourite series of all time by Stephen King. From the trailer it looks like they have picked bits and pieces from several of the books, not sure what to make of that just yet. But i will DEFINITELY BE SEEING THIS AT THE CINEMA! And Idris Elba as the Gunslinger. Gonna be great!
“I do not kill with my gun. I kill with my heart.”