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Holiday Post 2: Literature Appreciation Post #2

I wanted to talk about Tim Minchin, but my Internet’s so slow that going on YouTube is futile. Instead, writing this the day before I leave, I’ve decided to make a list of holiday literature.

  • Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh. I’ve wanted to read this ever since Life on the Murder Scene, and found it in Waterstone’s for an absurdly low price. All I know so far is that it’s written by a Scottish guy and is about drugs, so I’ll let you know how I get on…

  • Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean.  Got this on the same Waterstone’s trip. It’s supposed to be good, what with it being “the most successful graphic novel of all time”. It was written by a Scottish guy who’s done a lot of drugs, so we’re on the right track.
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I’ve actually already read this (I started it in Greece two years ago, then picked it back up when I got into Pencey Prep at the end of last year). Holden Caulfield is becoming a character I really, really want to have a conversation with. We agree on phonies, so it’ll be fun to flick through.

  • The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audry Niffenegger. Whose surname is wonderful to type… I started this then got distracted by Jane Eyre (which, incidentally, you should read). My mum’s copy has a TARDIS sticker on it. No Doctors so far, but we shall see.
  • Skullduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones by Derek Landy. Light entertainment that Ellen, Bel, Ross and Maxim – the Inner Circle, as they should probably become known – love. I have yet to finish the series. But it’ll happen, damnit.
  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières. Mum’s been telling me to read this for years, and since it’s on my recommended book list for next year and is set in Kefalonia, I figured I should make hay while the sun shines.
  • The Umbrella Academy by Geezy Way and Gabriel Bá. More light entertainment, because I love it dearly and heard rumours (reading that back I just noticed what I did. Bazinga!) of a new installment in the next five years. Dallas is my favourite of the two because there’s Vietnam and ice-cream.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird. Not to reread (BUT YOU SHOULD READ IT. NOW), I just want to write fan fiction about Mayella Ewell. We’ll see how that goes…

My mum’s also talking about getting Fifty Shades of Shit Grey at the aiport.

Insert my disgusted face here.

**Update 07/08/12**

It occurred to me on holiday that while I credited the writers of the comics, I did not credit the artists. This has now been amended.

In regards to the books: I finished them all while we were away apart from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, which I finished about an hour ago. This is because I also read Murder Most Fab by Julian Clary, one of Isobel’s books, and took a break after Trainspotting – two days of reading crappy magazines. Mum didn’t get Fifty Shades, thank God, and my favourite story was Captain Corelli for the plot, followed by Trainspotting for its insane brilliance, and Arkham Asylum for Grant Morrison’s notes at the end.

Ahem. Read on.

**Second update 07/08/12**

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin isn’t set in Corfu, it’s set in Kefalonia. My Family and Other Animals is Corfu. This too has been amended. I am an idiot.


8 thoughts on “Holiday Post 2: Literature Appreciation Post #2

  1. Congratulations, you managed to add one more book to my list of books to read! (Well, two if you count The Catcher in the Rye, but you’d convinced me on that already. I ordered it from the library for summer, but it never arrived 😦 )

    Happy holiday (reading)!


    1. Jacki: ’50 Shades of Way’. Please, please make that happen!

      Ruby: you’re welcome, you can borrow my copy if you want, what was the book and how did you manage italics?


      1. Trainspotting! I would very much like to borrow your copy, but I’m afraid I have a rather major backlog of books at the moment, so it shall have to wait.

        For italics: to start and to end, but without the spaces, yo.


      2. It’s being written as we speak 🙂 but will take a while – 8 pages of A4 done, haven’t even got around to having coffee together! but am dedicating myself to writing all day tomorrow 🙂


  2. It’s a shame you’re not going to read this until you return from your hols, by which time your mum will most likely have read that infernally ridiculous book. Would advise that if she reads Time Travellers Wife/Captain Corelli, there’s prob far more sensuality to be found there than in the rather than poorly written sex scenes.
    And in lieu of supposed bdsm in that epic tome, trainspotting would be far more enlightening. okay it’s not the same subject but has far more gritty realism than some twilight fanfic writ large.
    Have you guessed yet that I’m not a big fan of 50 shades? haven’t read it, don’t want to, so there.
    Hope you enjoyed your holiday reading. By next summer I hope to have finished writing my epic ’50 Shades of Way’, thus returning the saga to it’s fanfic roots – you can put that on your list for next years holiday reads!


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