So, I’ve just completed a degree in English & Creative Writing, which means three things: 1) omg I’m FREE 2) wait, I have to enter the real adult world, and 3) I can read whatever I want, woohoo!
Having spent the last three years of my life pretty much being told what to read, it’s so good to finally be able to get stuck in to some books of my own choice. So, I thought I would share with you my post-uni reading list, as it just keeps on growing.
Raymond Carver – What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Before uni, I never thought to read short stories, but after studying one from this collection, I decided to buy the whole book – and it wasn’t a disappointment. These are simply great, and I use simply literally. Each story is simple in a short and sweet kind of way, but also so true. You’ll finish each one and be like “wow, OK.”
Douglas Cowie – Noon in Paris, Eight in Chicago
OK so this I’m mainly reading because my lecturer/supervisor wrote it, and I picked up a copy at his book launch. It’s about the love affair between Simone de Beauvoir and Nelson Algren, and their long distance relationship between France and the States. Would definitely recommend, even though I guess I’m a little biased.
Jane Austen – Emma
As well as all this modern American fiction, I thought it would be good to revisit some British classics. I’m a big Austen fan and I’m determined to read all of her books – only Emma, Persuasion, and Mansfield Park to go! Plus Clueless was based on this book, so you know it’s gonna be a good one.
Henry David Thoreau – Walden
I won a copy of this book in my last seminar of the year for finishing first in a quiz. I think my seminar leader wanted one of us to read this because we’re at that time in life where we’re at a weird crossroads and we’re unsure about what’s gonna happen. This is an autobiographical account of a dude who just says ‘ya know what, screw it all, I’m gonna become self sufficient and live in a cabin by a lake’. So, you know, that’s always an option. Sufficed to say, I’m intrigued to read this.
Lemony Snicket – A Series of Unfortunate Events
OK so this is basically me just reliving some childhood nostalgia. I was OBSESSED with these books when I was a kid, and I’m hoping that my adult brain will able to crack the mystery that I could not for the life of me figure out when I was twelve. These books are so much more than kids book, they’re dark, they’re confusing, and they’re filled with literary references. Plus you can definitely get through a whole book in one sitting as they’re pretty short. I cannot WAIT for the Netflix series that’s coming in August, and I’m preparing myself by getting through all the books first!
I’m sure more will be added to this in due course, but I just thought I would share some of the highlights. Now, back to trying to find myself a job…