Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Books 'n' That

As a literature student, people seem vaguely interested in what I read. The sad truth is that because I'm an English Literature student, I don't have time to read.

I pretty much only read half of what I'm supposed to as it is, and I would say I'm often one of the only 3 people in a seminar who have read the book at all, skimmed it, or even bothered to glance at the wikipedia entry. I do also have a genius way of reading (I can't remember where I learnt it), that's basically allowed me to read approximately 2 novels a week when needed.

These are the top 10 books that right now, had I the time:

10. 'Other Voices, Other Rooms' - Truman Capote

I'd like to see the extent of his talent, and whether or not he is overrated, which I suspect he is.

9. 'Porno' - Irvine Welsh

Anything written by this genius will do.

8. 'American Psycho' - Bret Easton Ellis

Crazy, crazy 80's nobs.

7. 'The Outsider' / 'The Myth of Sisyphus' - Albert Camus

I always hear interesting stuff about both of them, mostly from Fergus, but also in lectures.

6. 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'/'But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes' - Anita Loos

I love Lorelei, she's a crazy old whore.

5. 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' - Patricia Highsmith

Yeah, I liked the film, so judge me.

4. 'On The Road' - Jack Kerouac

I hear good things.

3. 'Libra' - Don DeLilo

God I love JFK conspiracy theories. In other news.

2. 'Kafka on the Shore' - Haruki Murakami

Kafka, Murakami... what's not to like?

1. Any good biography/autobiography of any of The Beatles (except George), or Woody Allen.

... and here are the books which I have begun and abandoned since being on this course, which I would finish given half the chance:

'How to be Good' - Nick Hornby

'Crime and Punishment' - Fyodor Dostoevsky

'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' - Douglas Adams

'How the Dead Live' - Will Self

I'd also really like to read a magazine and not feel guilty and like all it's doing is increasing my carbon footprint and filling my brain with sexist shite.

No comments: