Wednesday, 9 September 2015

SEPTEMBER READING LIST


Today has truly felt like the first proper day of autumn. The temperature is under 15c outside and the weather is rather grey and dreary, in other words the perfect day to withdraw to a cozy sofa or armchair with a nice read and a hot drink (alternatively, draw a bath and treat oneself to a nice Lush soak while catching up on a telly show or youtube). Then comes the question - what to read? This month I've chosen mix of - to me - autumn-y reads and set texts for my university course. So let's see what's on this month's agenda for me:


  1. First up is a classic that to me is the perfect read for grey days like today: Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. I'm also reading this for university, and at the moment I'm about 1/3 through it. So far it's been an interesting read, and I'm definitely enjoying it.
  2. The second book on this list I actually finished right before writing this blog post: Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I would call myself a semi-fan of Ms Poehler; I thoroughly enjoyed what I've seen of her at SNL, she's Regina's mum in Mean Girls (which means I adore her; I even did a presentation about Mean Girls and ideology for my degree last year), and she's just a very funny woman. I liked Yes Please and read it in merely two days, partly because it's an easy read and partly because I enjoyed reading it. I nevertheless gave it 3/5 on goodreads, simply because I feel her book is perhaps more suitable for a more invested fan as it contains a lot of references to people she's worked with that I simply don't know who are which makes it hard to relate to the book.
  3. The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi. If I'm being 100% honest, I am reading this book for university and have no idea what it's about. I'm gonna let Amazon tell us: 'The hero of Hanif Kureishi's first novel is Karim, a dreamy teenager, desperate to escape suburban South London and experience the forbidden fruits which the 1970s seem to offer. When the unlikely opportunity of a life in the theatre announces itself, Karim starts to win the sort of attention he has been craving - albeit with some rude and raucous results.' I have, however, heard from a friend of mine who did the same course last year that it's a rather shocking and rude read so I'm quite excited for this one.
  1. I've been wanting and meaning to read Sylvia Plath for ages now. Where better to start than with The Bell Jar? Semi-autobiographical, The Bell Jar tells the story of Esther Greenwood who wins an internship with a New York fashion magazine, but who slowly finds herself spiralling into depression. I am beyond excited to finally be reading this, as I'm sure there's a good reason they call it a modern classic.
  2. After seeing it appear on numerous Instagram accounts, I ordered The Martian by Andy Weir last week (thank you Amazon for prime and your 3-for-£10 offers). Apparently there's a film adaptation of this coming out next month, so what better time to read the book. The plot is simple and intriguing: Protagonist Mark Watney is stranded on Mars. To me, that's all I really needed to be drawn in.
  3. Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is another modern classic I've been meaning to read for ages but never got around to. So I've naturally included it in this month's list! In Atwood's novel, there exists 'Handmaids' whose only function is to breed. Perfectly dystopian and - I'm guessing - with a kick-ass female protagonist.
  4. Yet another read in preparation for my final year of my bachelor's. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is a 'study of the problem of European colonialism in Africa: 'The Nigerian Okonkwo recognizes the cultural imperialism of the white men and tries to show his own people how their own society will fall apart if they exchange their own cultural core for that of the English.' I'm neither excited for nor dreading this read, so hopefully it will be a positive surprise!

What are you guys planning on reading this month? Also, do you tend to plan your reading in advance?
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  1. Woah, wait a moment. Less than 15C is fall weather? That is like the coldest maximum we have here in winter, let alone autumn! Hahaha! Oh how I would die in such cold temperatures. Though, I do like your thinking; cold weather equals lots of cosy reading!

    I have saved all of these to my reading list - thank you, thank you, thank you! Now, if only I had more time to read.

    Kiara xx // www.lioninthewild.com

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    1. In England anything above 15-17C is spring-like, anything less is fall weather. In my opinion anyway! I'm so jealous of the Australian climate, although I do love a proper snowy winter!

      So glad you found something of interest! Thank you for commenting! :))) always happy to contribute to lengthening reading lists ;)

      xx

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  2. vill såå läsa amy poehler!! <3 har dock slarvat bort en biblioteksbok, så jag vet inte om jag får låna nåt mer nu ..... får väl köpa. <3

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    1. oj, vilken märklig signatur. mig är det ifrån iallafall! vickys.se! kram!

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    2. ååå du mååå lese poehler!! perfekt miks av lettlest inspirasjon og, vel, pepp på livet! vet ikke hvordan det er i usa, men jeg fikk 'yes please' fra amazon i en 3-for-£10 deal så kanskje prøv amazon! kram! xx

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