You may have caught my last reading pile post from a while ago. Well, here’s a new one for you. All new and exciting. Brand new books, brand new camera lens, brand new fake peonies from a French homeware store. I spoil you.
Shall I get on with it? Let’s go from the ground up.
DAVID MITCHELL’S ‘THINKING ABOUT IT ONLY MAKES IT WORSE’
I’m a David Mitchell fan, obviously. I’m also a fan of celebrity books. One of my most cherished possessions is Vicky Pattison’s autobiography. I’m the worst. As a collection of Mitchell’s Observer columns, it’s basically just a list of questions about the oddity of modern life, followed by some witty responses, and I dig that. A bit of light relief while I work myself towards the Hemingway.
BILL BRYSON’S ‘TROUBLESOME WORDS’
I picked this up in Shakespeare & Co. because I’m an obnoxious Paris gal (or was…). I adore Bill Bryson. He’s clever, funny, interesting, and I’ve said that I’m ‘inside’ him far too many times to count.* This one is about the English language, something that I grew to love and miss while living in French. I can’t wait to get started.
*Durham uni. library is named after him. ‘Where are you?’ ‘In BillyB’ etc. I’m not weird.
STEPHEN CLARKE’S ‘1000 YEARS OF ANNOYING THE FRENCH’
I don’t feel like I even need to explain why I picked up this book, but I will. I actually found it in a second-hand Canadian book shop near Cluny, Paris, and thought the title was just spot on. I live for annoying my French friends about how weird France is, and they love nothing better than to belittle England. What a time to be alive. I can’t wait to read this and spend more of my free time trying my best to annoy them. They’re the best.
GRAYSON PERRY’S ‘PLAYING TO THE GALLERY’
I love art and Perry and thin books. Bit of an all round win here. All about appreciating the world of modern art, when you’re not sure what it is you’re appreciating, this book answers all the questions you were always too embarrassed to ask. Think along the lines of ‘but like, what even is that?’ and ‘should I think this is good?’. With the new Tate Modern building now open, I’m going to get this one finished asap.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S ‘A MOVEABLE FEAST’
Another Shakespeare & Co. purchase. This one might take me a while to get round to reading, mainly because it might just make me cry and book a ticket straight back to Paris. I actually lived on the same road as Hemingway while he was in Paris, and even just skimming through makes me miss the Latin Quarter. Following him down roads that I have walked a thousand times will be an absolute treat.
What’s next on your reading pile?
What have you loved reading lately?