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Read 100 Books in 2017 - APRIL

  • Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
  • Shakespeare: The World as a Stage by Bill Bryson
  • 1606: The Year of Lear by James Shapiro
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Dunsinane by David Greig
  • The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Favourite: Dunsinane. Set directly after the events of Macbeth (except, spoiler, Lady MB survives) it's a darkly funny power struggle. 

Least Favourite: Vernon Good Little - this one's been sitting on my shelf for years but I kinda wish I hadn't bothered. Like something crawled out of Chuck Palahniuk's arse and wrote a book.

Next up: Rawblood by Catriona Ward - bit of gothic horror to warm the cockles...

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Read 100 Books in 2017 - MARCH

I'm in the process of researching for my final Masters essay and about to get down and dirty with my dissertation so expect to see a fair amount of Shakespeare and theatre-related books on here from now until September. In the meantime, I'm trying to sneak in as many different genres and authors as I can to stop my brain from imploding. 

Here's this month's haul: 

  • The Paper Magician by Charlie M Holmberg
  • Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? by Lorrie Moore
  • The First Person and Other Stories by Ali Smith
  • Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman
  • Shakespeare's Wordplay by M M Mahood

Favourite: THE POWER! I cannot express how amazing this book is. Read it. Read it now. Then buy another six copies and throw them at people in the street. 

Least Favourite: The Paper Magician - but only least fave out of a strong bunch. It's a clever little story and an interesting concept, but it felt a little too YA for me.

Next up: Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre - something I picked up on a whim yeeeeears ago after it won the Booker but never got round to reading.

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Posted on March 31, 2017 and filed under Projects, Reading, Writers' HQ.

Read 100 Books in 2017 - Toddler Edition!

So sometimes the most you get to read as a parent is The Gruffalo for the twenty-zillionth time. Here are Sarah's (and baby Indy's) favourite toddler-friendly books while I make block towers in the background: 

[No Sarahs were injured in the making of this video.]

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Posted on March 15, 2017 and filed under Projects, Reading, Writers' HQ.

Read 100 Books in 2017 - FEBRUARY

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Look, February is a short month, okay? And I got ahead of myself in January, so it balances up. My total this month is a slightly underwhelming 5, but that's 14 in total which is aaaaalmost on target. Here's what I read:

  • We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche (alright, it's not technically a 'book' - more of an essay, but it's still worth reading)
  • Shakespeare and the Arts of Language by Russ McDonald
  • The Underground Railroad by Coleson Whitehead
  • Station Eleven by Emily St James Mandel
  • The Anti-Inauguration by Naomi Klein, Jeremy Scahill, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Anand Gopal, and Owen Jones

FavouriteShakespeare and the Arts of Language because SHAKESPEARE and LINGUISTICS and a whole chapter on PUNS!

Least favouriteStation Eleven because I like my dystopia less focused on Hollywood lifestyles and more on gritty realism.

Next upThe Power by Naomi Alderman, awwww yisssss.

Oh, and we also did another video update, check it:

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Posted on February 28, 2017 and filed under Projects, Random, Writers' HQ.