I have recently come into £40’s worth of book vouchers – my former employers clearly knew me very well (they got me some vegan chocolate cake too)! Obviously, you know what this means… book shopping!! Which is my favourite kind of shopping.
It’s been a while since I finished reading The Bluest Eye and although I’ve just finished reading The Catcher in the Rye I’ve chosen to keep these reviews short and simple.
by Hubert Selby Jr.
ISBN 978 0 141 19566 7, first published in 1979, buy it on Amazon.
I genuinely had no idea what to expect when I started reading Requiem for a Dream (1979). I, embarrassingly, didn’t even know what requiem meant (‘requiem’ has a number of meanings; (1) a Mass for repose of the souls of the dead and (2) an act or token of remembrance, in case you were wondering). But, looking back now, Requiem for a Dream is the perfect title for this story. I’m sure somebody somewhere has analysed it in minute detail.
By Kenneth Graham
ISBN 978 1 85326 017 9. Buy it on Amazon.
The Wind in the Willows (1908) by Kenneth Grahame made such a refreshing change to the books I’ve been reading lately on my list of forty-two. Although I’ve been enjoying the challenge and have liked almost all of them (who can forget my controversial hatred dislike of Hemingway) they have all been very ‘adult’; with lots of sex and drugs, but unfortunately no rock ‘n’ roll – haha!
by Alice Walker
ISBN 978 1 7802 2871 6, first published in Great Britain in 1983, buy it on Amazon.
I read The Color Purple (1983) in two days. I cannot remember the last time I managed to read a book in that short amount of time. When I say read I mean really read the book. I read every sentence and took it all in, every little detail; the characters, the scenery, everything. I loved everything about it and here’s why:
by Emily Williams
Buy it on Amazon here.
Disclaimer: I was sent this book by the author in return for an honest review.
I have to admit, when I was first sent Letters to Eloise (2017) I was sceptical. This was for a number of reasons. First, I am a professional proof reader. I generally work off of a computer screen and knew that I would find it challenging reading the novel as a pdf. Honestly, I spent the first hundred pages proof reading and not simply reading. Not good – but I admit, that was completely on me.
by Jack Kerouac
ISBN 978 0 141 18267 4, first published in 1957, buy it on Amazon.
Usually I plan my book reviews and I do a little extra reading; but this time, I’m going to do something different – I’m going to do as Jack Kerouac did and write this review in ‘spontaneous prose’ – probably won’t be nowhere near as good as his but I’ll see how it goes…