Literary Life: Summer in Review

In the absence of any desire to write any reviews, here is an (extremely sub par) haiku. I can’t write my blog but it could be worse My reading block has gone, yay Bring on the glorious, glorious cold. I don’t own a disgusting amount of jumpers for fun. Currently Reading: Devotion by Patti Smith Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood Unfinished: None! I’ve Read: One of Us Is Lying – Karen McManus The Haunted Hotel ………

It’s like that (and that’s the way it is)

I’ve written before about how my taste in books have changed since I began reading obsessively. My enjoyment of the lighter side of fiction began to wane as I discovered deeper, weightier literature. Snob that I am. Yet, in the last year, I’ve seen my tastes change again. I began reading less due to starting a more stressful job, and even though I’ve since left that job and have been almost a month at my ………

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

I put off reading My Name is Lucy Barton for months, I read the synopsis and just thought, “ugh” (you’ve read this before, I know, I judge a book by its synopsis). However, I recently won £50 worth of books and it seemed like the perfect time to indulge in a something different and challenge my pessimism. Unsurprisingly (?) my prejudice was proven wrong, I loved the book, I even ordered Olive Kitteridge from Waterstones – I ………

The Adversary by Emmanuel Carrère

Translated from the French by Linda Coverdale. What makes a murderer? It is an endlessly fascinating subject we try to solve, try to find a way to give reason to the unreasonable. Analysis of true crime ranges from the engrossing to the dull and in the Adversary, Emmanuel Carrère takes on the story of Jean-Claude Romand, a book that is far from dull. “Acclaimed master of psychological suspense, Emmanuel Carrère, whose fiction John Updike described ………