*56* Vox

Imagine this: you can only speak 100 words a day. If you go over you get zapped, badly tasered by the fitbit lookalike on your wrist. If you’re woman of course. And girls are not taught to read or write anymore. You would be a tad furious, wouldn’t you? Sounds like it should be a […]

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*51* Saturday

Husband: out visiting his mum No 1: upstairs, revising for his exams No 2: out supporting the town hockey team No 3: on a plane on his way to Cyprus kindly invited by a friend. Me: at the kitchen table, talking to no one, the dishwasher playing in the background. On the table: the program […]

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*47* bookclub (3)

Mrs Dalloway by (Virginia Woolf) So this was my choice… not to show off how highbrow I am – because I’m so not! – but because I’ve always wanted to read it and it’s so easy to look at new books when choosing and ignore all the big great ones of the past. Not an […]

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*43* 48 years of books (1974)

If Beale Street Could talk (by James Baldwin) yes I’m still plowing along with my challenge, although to be fair I’ve been slightly sidetracked by all the other reading I have to do/want to do… Why did nobody ever told me about James Baldwin before?? I really dislike movie cover tie-ins for books. REALLY DISLIKE […]

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*37* Eve of Man

You know how sometimes you need comfort food? The cheese on toast after days of healthy salads and balanced meals… the chocolate cake after days of fruit salad… That’s how my brain felt. I’ve been feeding it so many gorgeous theories and thoughts, we’ve been training hard my brain and I and it’s been exhilarating […]

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*33* bookclub (2)

‘Transcription’ by Kate Atkinson What a disappointment. First, let me add that I loved Kate’s last two novels, ‘Life after Life’ and ‘A God in Ruin’, absolutely gorgeous, well written, innovative… etc. etc, I bought many copies as presents. So I had high hopes, so high that I had bought myself a signed hard copy […]

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*30* In search of lost books

In search of Lost books by Giorgio Van Straten. Just to clarify, I have read this book in Italian, but you can find the English version in any bookshop (or here.) I needed a break from heavy course books that, although enjoyable and fascinating, make my brain hurt a little and also I fancied reading […]

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*28* Becoming

Becoming by Michelle Obama What an inspiring read. I part read/part listened to this book and I’m really sad I’ve finished it. It’s an autobiography, a genre I’m not really a huge fan of, but I was intrigued and fascinated by her all through her stay at the White House and so, the hype behind […]

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*26* ‘Hello World’

This was an amazingly fascinating read. I don’t usually read non-fiction books because, let’s face it, I like to read to escape reality, not to dwell more on it… but, lately, I’ve had to do some research for college and/or I’ve wanted to find out more about things because I feel I’ve been ignoring the […]

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*23* poetry Monday

For one of my College course I had to read “Citizen” by Claudia Rankine. I’m ashamed to say I had never heard of either before last week but I am now 100% convinced this is a seminal book that should be compulsory reading in all schools. It was one of those books that leaves you […]

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