Currently reading: November 2018

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I used to spend ages carefully picking a range of different books off my bookshelf in the hope of inspiring myself to actually follow a plan of books for the month.

Obviously that didn’t work for me, since I pick everything on a whim and change my mind hundreds of time before I decide to stick with it.

So, I’ve decided not to bother anymore, and just to share the books I’m currently reading. Yeah, I’m one of THOSE people. The kind that read four books at once.

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How to Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

It’s honestly pretty shocking that I haven’t read this before, considering how popular it is. It’s one of those books that people tend to read in school, but since I didn’t, I guess I just missed the boat on it.

It’s been sitting on my shelf for years gathering dust, and I figured it’s finally time to pick it up.

If you’re not familiar, it follows the Finch family in the 1930s, which is made up of Scout and Jem Finch, and their father Atticus, who is a lawyer. It’s told from the perspective of Scout, and follows their childhood, as well as the reaction they get when Atticus takes on the case of a black man charged with the rape of a white girl in the Deep South, as well as the case itself.

I honestly had no idea what to expect from How to Kill a Mockingbird, because I’ve never really read up on it, but at the time of writing this i’m three-quarters of the way through, and I love it. I understand why it’s a classic, and it’s interesting the differences between the views of the Finch family and what is deemed acceptable in the South of America back in the 1930s.

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I Burn Paris by Bruno Jasieński

I bought I Burn Paris when I was on holiday in Prague at total random because I thought the book looked pretty and it sounded interesting. And they say don’t judge a book by its cover.

Translated from Polish, it was originally published in 1928 and was controversial for its subject matter, and ended up getting Jasieński deported. It was also only translated into English in 2012.

I’ve only just started reading it, and honestly from what I’ve read and what the blurb says, it’s a bit of a wild ride, but essentially it follows Pierre, who is let go from his job and ends up disgruntled after his girlfriend (who just really wants new shoes) leaves him and ends up homeless. So what does he do? He poisons Paris’ water supply so that everyone begins to die.

As you do.

 

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The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

I’ve only just started reading The Water Cure (honestly, I’m like 30 pages in), but it sounds so interesting.

I picked it up earlier this year on account of it being longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, as I’m still on a mission to read more of the longlisted and shortlisted books over the past few years.

It’s about three sisters, called Grace, Lia and Sky, who live with their mother and father until their father suddenly dies. They have odd traditions that their mother forces them to keep, until things start to change when three men wash up on the shore where they live.

It’s only around 250 pages, and gets a bit of a mixed bag of reviews, so i’m intrigued to see what I think by the end. Sounds weird, but then again sometimes I like weird.

 

I’ll probably do another one of these in the next few weeks, once I’ve finished all these.

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