Holiday Reading…

8 Sep

This week I will be mostly reading…

…as many books as I possibly can. I’m going on a reading holiday you see. This has been achieved by going on holiday with my parents and having informed them that: “I will be reading, so don’t expect any help with your jigsaw puzzle” or some such statement. As I may have already mentioned, working in a bookshop, whilst being a joy and delight, is also a slightly torturous affair; everyday, I am presented with more books to read. Books that have just come out, books that are recommended to me, books that one should just simply read. I am bombarded my books. So I needed a holiday, during which I can read all the books that have been piling up.

Funnily enough, I look nothing like this, nor will I be on the beach...

The first thing I’m packing will be Just Kids by Patti Smith. I bought this in the first few weeks that it came out because I’d seen the Chelsea Hotel when I’d been in New York and was aware of its hip history. Andy Warhol and all that. I love that stuff. Plus I’m a big fan of Robert Mapplethorpe’s art, not to mention Ms Smith herself. I have a copy of Easter on vinyl on display in my bedroom. I’m espcially fond of the armpit hair she so proudly displays in that iconic image. Anyway, moving on to the next book: The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. To be fair, I’ve already started reading this. It’s very good I’m loving the Mexican setting and the 20s and 30s history that the novel manages to meld together with the story of a young man’s life as an only child, chef and writer. I’d been wanting to read it since it was in hardback since I loved The Poisonwood Bible. I’m also bringing Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, which I’m reading for the classic bookclub. I’m a few pages in already, thanks to tube strike traffic on my bus journey home. Not sure what to make of it just yet. I may also bung in my Poet in New York and my library-found copy of his biography Lorca: A Dream of Life. But I feel that might be a tad ambitious. Did I mention I’m only away for five days…sigh.

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