December 15, 2010 being bookish
Hello folks! Hello! Today I’m feeling quite chirpy for no reason really. I’ll make the most of it and put all this cheeriness into a super cool ultra post today – about books! Ready?
So personally this holiday I am going to be reading lots of poetry and criticism books, which are all quite time-consuming and intellectually tough. But I have an essay to do which I want to be good so you know, i’ll grit my teeth and do the work.
BUT I want you to read some books which have little or no literary importance but are really great reads, ok? I have some recommendations for you.
Wintering by Kate Moses. Moses did tons and tons of research on Plath before writing this, and it really shows. The tone, the patterns of language, the choice of lexis, all shiveringly evocative of Plath’s poetry. Go here to read more.
The Old Kingdom Chronicles by Garth Nix. This is a seriously good trilogy. Sort of a wonderful crazy mix between Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings, Narnia and His Dark Materials. I mean, really, what more could you want? Fighting, ghosts, bells, swords, lovers, journeys, seers, the dead, the undead, enemies, sorcerers, policemen. These books literally have it all. Find out more here.
Sulphuric Acid by Amélie Nothomb. A controversial novella which I actually really enjoyed. Sort of 1984-esque. Read it, it’s intriguing and very clever.
Silk by Alessandro Baricco. Have you read this already? If not, get on it. It’s really short, really really short, so you’ve no excuse. It’s a work of art. Honest. It’s a world bestseller for goodness sake, and it’s been made into a film with Keira Knightley (which I haven’t seen. But I’m tempted). Also, don’t read a review please. You will only spoil it for yourself.
Love of Fat Men by Helen Dunmore. A book of short stories that I picked up for a pittance in a second hand bookshop and read in one sitting. It’s has this scandinavian flavour (always a good thing in my book) and it’s engaging, and strangely haunting. I defy you to not like it.
Answering Back ed. Carol Ann Duffy. She’s our poet laureate! She’s pretty ace. I thought I’d slip a poetry book in here but I think you’ll enjoy it. It allows you to get a feel for old and contemporary poetry simultaneously so that, once you finish this, you are suddenly twice as well read and sparkly as before. Give it a go, go on.
Now run out to your local library or independent bookshop, read and report back! Go!