Some of the books I’ve bought over the last few months.
I got the Penguin Modern Classics version of Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford – I’ve read this before and think it’s one the most underrated British books out there. I own the e-book – but decided recently to stop using my kindle (which I’ll probably do a whole post on at some point).
I read Stoner a few months ago and thought it was one of the most beautiful and well written books I’ve ever read – I’m really excited to read the rest of John Williams’s books; so I went ahead and got Butcher’s Crossing.
The next two books are The Average American Male – which I’ve read and although I found it funny in places and it held my attention – I didn’t really care for.
Kavalier & Clay has been on my to read list for ages but at 700 pages it’s a pretty big commitment so it might stay there for a little longer.
I’d heard so many good things about Blue is the Warmest Color (book and film) so I was really excited to read it – I finished it in like a day and have recommended it to loads of my friends since.
The Granta Book of the American Short Story Volume One – Granta publish some of my favourite writers; Denis Johnson, Zadie Smith, and Eleanor Catton and as I’m mainly drawn to America fiction it’s been nice to read a few stories between books.
I finished The Shock of the Fall last week – I thought it was moving, honest, and, funny (which I wasn’t expecting) but it didn’t blow me away like I thought it would (for me, at least, it’s probably a victim of its own hype).
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin; is set in San Francisco in the 1970s – I’m midway through reading this and really liking it so far, there are nine books in the series so if I make it to the end I’ll hopefully post something about them all.
I stumbled across We the Animals when I was on the Granta website – it’s nice and short, looks interesting, and is based in New York. It’s also a debut novel which, weirdly, I’m always fascinated to read.