I’ve not been keeping up with my reading lists over the last 6 months or so, because (entirely expectedly), I’ve barely had time to read anything that isn’t on a reading list for my course (and honestly, barely even that).
I’ve just finished The Collector, by John Fowles [Amazon]. I don’t generally enjoy books where we read the perspective of the abuser, but this was really something. A friend recommended it – it’s an easy read, short chapters designed for reading on the tube, and I recommend it in turn.
Next on the list for fiction:
- Too Much Happiness, by Alice Munro
- Beside You, by Ann Morgan
- Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier
I’m still in the middle of The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf, despite starting it a couple of weeks ago. My feminism is distinctly non-academic so this is my first attempt at this kind of read. It’s a good book, thorough and clear. But it’s also very depressing. It took days for me to clarify my thoughts on women as competitors, once Wolf had introduced it, because of how deeply uncomfortable it made me feel, and how much of my own behaviour it made me question.
- The Bloody Chamber, by Angela Carter
I’m currently reading Mostly Harmless Econometrics, but I’m kind of cheating here. I’m reading it because it’s the textbook for a course I couldn’t fit into my schedule but nevertheless wanted to do. It doesn’t really count but three books on the go at once is my maximum so it has to be the economics entry.
It’ll be followed by:
- Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression, by Studs Terkel
- Seeing Like A State, by James Scott
This lot will surely see me through until the end of September.