In the week before uni started, I went a little spend happy, I couldn’t stop buying books and ended up buying around 8 new books on top of the many others I haven’t even read yet, not mentioning the reading I am supposed to be doing for my course, oops. That is what it’s like being obsessed with books though right? It doesn’t matter how many are sitting on your bookshelf you always want more, I’ll get round to them one day. Anyway, I just wanted to talk about the books that I purchased and why I am so excited to read them. They were all purchased from Waterstones, me and the boyf treated ourselves by going to the London Picadilly Waterstones because it’s MASSIVE.
The first book I bought was Margaret Atwood’s new novel: The Testaments. I mentioned this in a previous blog post and I had my doubts about it but I’m getting through it so quickly because I am just in love with it, I loved The Handmaid’s Tale because I found the dystopia so intriguing. Atwood’s writing was superb and everything I enjoyed from that is amplified in The Testaments. (editing Stevie: I’ve finished it, blog post coming soon)
I can’t remember the order of purchase for these other books, but they were Autumn by Ali Smith, Silence is my Mother Tongue by Sulaiman Addonia, The Last Children of Tokyo by Yoko Tawada, Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Underground by Haruki Murakami and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. There is quite a variety here; a little sprinkle of classical, a translated book, a book by a poet and some tearjerkers. The ones that I am most excited about are Underground and The Book Thief. It is quite obvious why I’m looking forward to Underground and that’s because of Murakami but this work is about the true events of a terror attack in Tokyo and the Psyche of the Japanese people affected which I’m super curious about.
You’re probably judging me because I haven’t read The Book Thief as I feel like that was a pretty go to read for young adults, but I missed the boat and the harbour entirely. So, I’m reading it now, it’s better late than never and I am very excited about it. The whole premise of the novel is completely my cup of tea when it comes to literature and I think I’m going to love it. I guess that sounds a little morbid because it is about a very young girl in the midst of Nazi-occupied Germany… But I’m excited by her dangerous craving for literature. I am more than likely going to cry, aren’t I?
It’ll be a long-ass blog post if I were to talk about all the others in detail so let’s do quickfire 1 sentence worth of why I bought it:
- Autumn by Ali Smith: Everyone is raving about it and its Autumn so why not?
- Silence is my Mother Tongue by Sulaiman Addonia: I love political fiction and this plotline pulled me in immediately.
- The Last Children of Tokyo by Yoko Towada: My favourite author is Japanese, of which the culture in their books is one of my favourite aspects and I love me some SF.
- Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray: I talk a lot about reading more classics and the feminity of this piece is a classic I can get in to.
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: I love Sylvia Plath’s poetry and people love the Bell Jar so it’s been on my ‘to buy’ list for a while.
So that’s that, I have bought more books since I started writing this post some for my course and some because I’m addicted you know, I might do some more haul posts on them or I’ll more than likely just put them on the gram!