Thank 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.