Books: read, reading, to-read

Recently read

The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham. I’m going to admit that I find Wyndham’s style very weary at times. Still, it was interesting enough for it to be a quick if not particularly easy read. The subject matter is right up my street: people go blind, plants start killing people. What’s not to like?! I gave it 4/5 stars on GoodReads.

Currently reading

The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham. I’m having exactly the same trouble with this: interesting plot, written in a somewhat dreary manner. I think it’s worth persevering with, despite reading reviews saying it’s not.

Charlie Watts by Alan Clayson. I bought this for super cheap from HMV in the midst of my Stones mania. Lately I decided it may actually be worth a read rather than just sitting on my bookshelf looking cool. I’ve only really flicked through it so far, but I like it.

The Memoirs of a Survivor by Doris Lessing. I got halfway through this, went home for a week and forgot to take it with me, then got into reading another book. I fully intend to pick it up again at some point next week.

To read

I’ve narrowed this down to books that I own and have plans to read over the summer, as my full ‘would like to read’ list is HUGE.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell. One of my favourite authors. I have read and adored his other novels. I tried to get into this at the start of my third year but found it a bit inaccessible to begin with, and decided that I needed to wait until I had more time to fully concentrate on this. Studying clearly got in the way, and then when studying let up I wanted something a little less taxing. I promise it will be read before the end of the year!

The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson. A charity shop find, and I’ve read pretty good reviews.

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates. Another charity shop find.

A Mind To Murder by P.D James. Looted from the bookshelves at home. My mother recommends them, and I trust her on such matters.

Emily Blackburn @ GoodReads

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