Beat Poets: Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets

I love the Beat Generation. When in San Francisco this summer I had the opportunity to visit the famed City Lights book store and even a Beat museum (they had a bath tub full of cheap books-very worthwhile visiting/purchasing). I have read as much Jack Kerouac as possible and am always on the look out for Beat authors. I know I have said before I am … Continue reading Beat Poets: Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets

Lord of the Rings: The a Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien 

I know, I know. It is a miracle that I have got to the ripe old age of 21 without having read the LOTR trilogy. A poor effort on my part. I have however, seen all of the films – in a gruelling 10+hour marathon on a hungover Saturday. To be honest this has not ruined the first book for me much, as I cannot … Continue reading Lord of the Rings: The a Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien 

Alice in Wonderland: Lewis Carroll

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass I decided to have a little trip down memory lane a couple of weeks ago and picked up a copy of probably one of the most prolific children’s books in the world. I have not read this book in such a long time, and I kind of felt like it was time to reflect. Alice’s Adventures in … Continue reading Alice in Wonderland: Lewis Carroll

Trainspotting: Irvine Welsh

‘Choose us. Choose life. Choose mortgage payments; choose washing machines; choose cars; choose sitting oan a couch watching mind-numbing and spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fuckin junk food intae yir mooth. Choose rotting away, pishing and shiteing yersel in a home, a total fuckin embarrassment tae the selfish, fucked-up brats ye’ve produced. Choose life.’ So. I watched Trainspotting, the 1996 film, a couple of weeks ago and … Continue reading Trainspotting: Irvine Welsh

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Douglas Adams

My guilty pleasure has to be science fiction. By science fiction I more specifically mean alternate universes. Think Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. Yet, it is only now that I have got around to reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I tried once when I was a lot longer but I just could not get into it. My Dad was the one who got me interested in … Continue reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Douglas Adams

The Master and Margarita: Mikhail Bulgakov

Long time no post! – I seem to have gotten lost in the world of seminar readings and procedural essays over the last couple of weeks, reading for fun has been put on the back-burner! I had to write a review for this book. It is rare to pick something up and love it, even for me (I seem to feel pretty positively about most … Continue reading The Master and Margarita: Mikhail Bulgakov

The Vegetarian: Han Kang

Translated by – Deborah Smith I could not tell you why I decided to read this book. During my large Waterstones order (honestly, next day delivery on books is fantastic), I happened upon it and it looked pretty interesting. The Vegetarian even won the Man Booker International Prize in 2016. I have never read anything by a Korean author before and was intrigued to try this … Continue reading The Vegetarian: Han Kang