“Knowing I loved my books, he furnished me
From mine own library with volumes that
I prize above my dukedom.”
(Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”)
I think we bookworms all feel the same way sometimes – there’s a mountain of books piled by the side of our beds and it’s so frustrating to feel we can only get through them one at a time. Maybe in the not too distant we will be like the disembodied and robotic Scarlett Johansson’s Samantha in “Her” and successfully be able to do several things at once – but perhaps that would be a shame, as also agree with a fellow booklover M. that it’s a killer when you can’t savour a book before charging on to the next one… a “Catch 22” situation (another on my list, for goodness sake, it is never-ending).
To make things worse, new books are coming at us at every turn, just like new films at the cinema. What is the world coming to.
Here comes a clutch of new reads that are about to come out in hardback that I am NOT going to succumb to buying. Just yet. A killer.
“A God in Ruins” by Kate Atkinson (Top Favourite Authoress – sequel to “Life After Life”, 10/10, Jackson Brodie series, 10/10, “Behind the Scenes at the Museum” 10/10, “Human Croquet” and “Emotionally Weird” unbelievably still to read).
“The Mountain Story” by Lori Lansens (unashamedly loved “The Girls”, 10/10, and “Rush Home Road, 9/10, and the cautionary “The Wife’s Tale”, 10/10), now read, 7/10.
“The Children Act” by Ian McEwan, now read, 10/10 (still to read “Sweet Tooth” and “Solar” et al, read “On Chesil Beach” 6/10, “Saturday” 8/10, “Atonement” 10/10, “Amsterdam” 8/10, “Enduring Love” 10/10, “The Child in Time” 6/10, “The Cement Garden” 6/10).
“How to Build a Girl” by Caitlin Moran actually about to be released in paperback (“How To Be a Woman” also to read).
“Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination” by J. K. Rowling (commencement speech delivered at Harvard University in 2008, Harry Potters devoured at the time, “The Casual Vacancy” 9/10, as Robert Galbraith “The Cuckoo’s Calling” 8/10, “The Silkworm 6/10”).
And “Nell McAndrew’s Guide to Running”, haha fooled you, no, sadly am not actually planning to add this one to my collection…
Please report back if you get to any of these new works and think I should break my resolve – otherwise, up they go on the Wish List, roll on my birthday. Actually, rewind, extra years no longer a cause for celebration – just roll on in general.