Sunday, 23 May 2010

A Most Unnecessary Post

I feel it must look as though I've either stopped reading or have taken to reading things too embarrassing to admit to, and though I try to avoid those "sorry I haven't posted in a while" posts, I can't really excuse this one on any other grounds. This blog isn't supposed to be a diary, and it also isn't supposed to have a particular theme, or genre of book that's written about, but the fact is that whilst my reading time, as noted previously, has diminished somewhat due to exam and coursework essay marking, the books I've been reading are probably not going to find much of an audience here. I began House of Leaves, having been given it as a present, but it's text-book size and shape and I just can't carry it around with me, so I've relegated it to the 'summer holiday' pile. I've just read Everything: A Book About Manic Street Preachers, which is a truly great rock biog (in which my old fanzine is mentioned, heartwarmingly), but it's 11 years out of date and unless you're really into the Manics, not of great interest. And if you are into the Manics, you probably read it 11 years ago... So now I'm just grabbing things off my shelves, thing that are easy-to-read and small enough to fit in my bag. I've read half The Virgin Suicides in the garden today, which fitted perfectly as the weather has made everything look like Sofia Coppola's beautiful film version, and almost made me wish I was blonde again. That finished, I think I may head into Elaine Feinstein's biography of Ted Hughes, about which I will make a detailed and 'proper' comment. There, as I said; a most unnecessary post.

5 comments:

Hannah Stoneham said...

Sometimes unecessary posts are the best.... I look forward to hearing whether or not you enjoy the Ted Hughes book - I have never read anything *about* Ted Hughes apart from where Sylvia Plath is the primary focus.

Happy Monday

Hannah

Mad said...

Ah, you shouldn't worry about reviewing obscure books. I find that some of my most popular posts have been about obscure books! You never know who's out there. Good luck with the season of stress. :-)

Vintage Reading said...

I think we all go through times when we can't settle into a particular genre of reading. After the stressful exam period is over you can relax with the Emily Dickinson biog!

A Bookish Space said...

I enjoy it when blogs review books that I haven't heard about, and where there are numerous reviews of the same book scattered everywhere. I also enjoy your various 'non-review' posts - like the post of famous writers at their type writers and images of people reading. Please carry on as you are doing!

Lulu said...

Thank you, A Bookish Space. I have several more picture posts planned - only 6 more weeks of term, then hopefully things will become a little more regular again :)