i like to read kind of a lot

14Jan09

 So, here is a selection of some of the books I’m reading at the moment. Yes, SOME. I read ALL the time; I can’t stop, it’s like an illness.

 And my Mum bought the February Elle for me today, and I’ve discovered at LEAST seven new authors that I want to go out and find all their books and curl up with them for hours on end.

 Of those above, the only one I’ve finished before is ‘Cloud Atlas’, which I will come on to in a minute, but of those I am only part way through I highly reccomend ‘The 13 and 1/2 lives of Captain Bluebear’ by Walter Moers, ‘An Utterly Impartial History of Britain (or 2000 years of Upper Class Twits in Charge)’ by John O’Farrell, ‘Words’ by Jean Paul Satre and ‘The Remains of the Day’ by Kazuo Ishiguro; and of course ‘Catch 22’ and ‘Brave New World’.

David Mitchell is my absolute favourite author of the moment. I have favourite books that are not his, but he is consistent in all of his books in that they are all unique and utterly fantastic. They are difficult, and perhaps contraversial, but beautifully written. They combine science fiction, comedy and literary fiction with beautiful imagery and immense technical skill. My favourite is ‘Ghostwritten’ – it is a book that really makes you think.

I highly reccomend all his books – but often it is said that if you are new to Mitchell, you should start with ‘Cloud Atlas’, which is why I’ve been rereading it. I read ‘Cloud Atlas’ perhaps when I was too young, because I didn’t really get it. I returned to Mitchell a few months ago, with ‘Ghostwritten’ and ‘number9dream’, before moving on to his latest offering, ‘Black Swan Green’ (which is actually, in format, quite different to his first three books, but still contains his style), and so I thought I should reread the book that is his most famous.

In conclusion, to quote Ringo Starr in A Hard Day’s Night: ‘Books are good.’

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5 Responses to “i like to read kind of a lot”

  1. I’ve never read any David Mitchell – I’ll be sure to get some once I graduate and don’t have a huge long reading list of boring books to read haha. I also spy 2 Murakami books..he’s one of my favourite authors! I was lucky enough to get to write an essay on him yesterday.

  2. 2 annamnesis

    Mitchell is WONDERFUL, you should definitely read him when you can! Haha, yes, Murakami was reccomended to me by a variety of people once they heard I liked David Mitchell… I’m finding it difficult to get into him, to be honest, but his writing is beautiful. I’m continuing to try because I want to like him!

  3. i love reading but i dont do it enough! x

  4. 4 annamnesis

    I don’t think I read enough, but then I come from a very bookish family :) Anyone who likes to read is wonderful in my book, whether they rarely do so or not! :)

  5. 5 mary

    your blog is lovely!!!
    well, i love read too cus i thnk it’s very important for our grown, our culture :-D
    see you

    mary


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