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Autumn reading list

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chiaki creates autumn reading listThank you so much for all the Birthday wishes I got here and on all other social media. I had a fantastic day starting with the first listen of Nine Inch Nails’ new album Hesitation Marks, followed by The Mousetrap in the West End and dinner at a swanky French restaurant in Covent Garden. It was amazing but I still maintain that having a Nine Inch Nails album released on my Birthday is the best Birthday present ever.

My beloved digital SLR is at the camera doctors so I’m afraid the quality of the photos I post are going to be less than excellent for a few weeks. Now here’s what I’m planning to read this autumn. I’m already two thirds through the first book and I can’t wait to read the others.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
15-year-old Bee’s eccentric mother disappears and Bee has to go to the end of the earth to find her. The story is told through a series of emails, doctor’s reports, school fund-raising letters and of course by Bee herself. This is not the type of book I’d normally pick up but I do love satire and I kept coming across it so I figured I’d give it a go. Also, I really like the cover.

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
A diary washes ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox and it has a profound effect on the woman who discovers it. Part mystery, part fantasy it sounds like a perfect story to me. It’s longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Ozeki is a new to me (half) Japanese author and I can barely contain myself.

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Eva’s son Kevin murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker and a teacher when he was 15. How much is Eva’s fault? This book has been on my reading list for years. My former host dad recommended it to me as I’m into psychology and am very fascinated with psychopathy.

The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
A man’s favourite elephant vanishes and the balance of his life is subtly upset. An insomniac wife wakes up in a twilight world of semi-consciousness in which anything, even death, seems possible. A book of short stories in which Murakami makes the ordinary extraordinary. I haven’t read any Murakami in a few months and I’ve never read any of his short stories.

The Dinner by Herman Koch
Two couples meet over dinner in Amsterdam to discuss their teenage sons who have been caught on CCTV committing a horrifying act. Only the parents have identified them but how far will they go to protect them? I spotted this book in one of Stef’s photos over at Oh So Lovely Vintage and after reading the synopsis I bought it straight away.

Encyclopedia of Urban Legends by Jan Harold Brunvand
My whole life I’ve been drawn to urban legends so I’ve probably already heard most of the ones in this book. I just really like studying the human mind and how it works. I know that people love telling stories but it always baffles me whenever someone insists that something happened to a friend of a friend when I know that it’s most definitely an urban legend.chiaki creates autumn reading list 2

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7 thoughts on “Autumn reading list

  1. The only one of these I’ve actually read is We Need to Talk About Kevin, which is a weird book and thought provoking but it doesn’t do much to endear mankind, and confirms all my worst fears about what it would be like to have a kid if you really didn’t want to.
    Murakami is an interesting one, I read Kafka on the shore and loved it (mostly). Although there were some annoying themes, and occasionally it seemed to be surreal for the sake of it.
    The book on your list i’m most interested in is the Urban Myths one, you’ll have to let us know if it’s any good. Sounds like fun reading to me (long time x-files & supernatural fan, so I’m sure you see where I’m coming from).

    I’m still laughing to myself that you were so thrilled about the NiN album :) Based on ‘appearances’ I’d never have pegged you as a fan, but then I’m sure the same can be said of me. I’m greatly tickled by that for some reason :)

    Cheers for the like on the Totoro piece, it would seem we have a few things in common ;)
    b.x

    • Oh, I do hope We Need to Talk About Kevin is a weird book! I’m really into morbid literature and you’re making me want to start reading it straight away. ;)
      Kafka on the Shore is one of my favourite books but I agree that it definitely has a few flaws. And as much as I love Murakami, I have to say that his After Dark didn’t blow my mind. :/ 1Q84 and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle are fantastic though!
      I’ve already started flicking through the urban legends book. It’s looks great so far. It has a bit of background info on the legends and where they were first recorded etc. I’m an old X-Files fan as well! :) I’ve seen quite a few episodes of Supernatural but it doesn’t quite stick somehow. I don’t know but I do like the characters.
      I know right! No, I wouldn’t have you down as NIN fan either. I was an industrial goth rocker back in the days though and wore mainly black for a decade. Haha! I’ve reinvented myself so many times over the years. You know, like Bowie. ;)
      You’re very welcome, my dear! It does indeed. I’m really enjoying finding out more and more things about you. Shame we don’t live closer or we could stitch and listen to NIN together!! xx

      • Wow, stitch and listen to NiN together ! Now there’s a thought ! And talk to me about Bowie like re-incarnations. You’re aware I can’t leave my hair alone right? Yep, it’s a shame you’re not nearby it’s true :( But I’m sure we’ll meet sometime :) xox

        • Sounds divine doesn’t it. :)
          I have noticed actually! I’ve never been able to leave my hair alone either but miraculously I’m still not bored with the ginger even though I’ve had it for almost 2(!) years. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. ;) I’ve had pretty much every hair colour there is and pretty crazy styles as well. I’ve been cutting my own hair for 16 years.
          I really hope so!! Visiting Ireland is on my 30 before 30 list so I’m confident we will meet within a year. :) xx

          • Lol, I cut my own hair too! And I’ve cycled through various colours, I think red’s coming up next ( trying to counter act green tinge left behind from white blonde). You’re London based is that right? My old stomping ground. Perhaps we might meet at some craft event? I’m going to try and make it to the ally pally knitting and stitching show this oct…xx

            • Yay! Most people think I’m loopy when I tell them that I cut my own hair. Red is a great colour. Go for it! :) I would say that though wouldn’t I.
              I do indeed live in London. Oh, you used to live here as well? Craft event! I like you more and more by the minute! :) I googled the show and yes yes yes! It sounds GREAT and I’d love to meet up with you!!
              My email address is chiakicreates [at] gmail [dot] com by the way. I figured that it’s easier to email because we’re never going to stop talking are we!? ;)
              Have a lovely weekend, my dear! xx

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