Reading This Weekend #1

Hello and happy Friday!

I'm definitely ready for the weekend, even though I have a stack of text books waiting to be leafed through in an attempt to try and find anything relevant to my assignment. I really love the texts we've been given, but I'm not getting on very well with some of the critics that have offered their perspectives on things. They mostly appear to waffle and repeat themselves three times. But, you know, I'm sure they've all got a point in there somewhere - I'll wade through the overtly fancy words they've thrown into every sentence unnecessarily to try and find it!

Apart from that though I'm looking forward to having some time to dedicate to this space. I've been thinking a lot about what I'd like to do here and how I can fit into the book community. It can be difficult fitting into such an established community, everyone is super friendly and I don't want to step on anyone's toes as it were by rolling up and unwittingly mimicking anyone's style that they've worked so hard to establish. Some have totally mastered the detailed reviews, some with the knack of picking out the most beautiful quotes from books, and some who are on top of all the new & upcoming releases.

I think what I'd like to do most is to share my excitement (or absence of excitement of course, but hopefully that will be few and far between!) for the books I'm currently reading or have just read, and to hopefully pass that excitement on. My goal is to share just enough, without revealing too much. Because sometimes a bit of mystery and jumping into the unknown is a good thing!

Anyway, I've gone off on a huge tangent. Here's what I'll be reading over the weekend in between studying...

Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman | £7.05
A little book that is full to the brim with wonderful short musings. There is the afterlife where you must wait in a large corridor until the last person on earth who remembers you passes on. Or the afterlife when you're an actor playing a part in someone's life who doesn't know you're acting - quite Truman Show-esque. I've been slowly making my way through and I think I'll finish it this weekend. It's certainly one of my favourite books on my shelf already and I've only had it for a couple of days. It packs a big punch. 

When I Was Five I Killed Myself by Howard Buten | £7.51
I purposely don't know very much about this novel, but it caught my eye one day and I couldn't resist picking it up. Burton Rembrandt has a perspective on life that adults struggle to understand and this is his story, written in pencil on the walls of a room in the Children's Trust Centre which he finds himself in after some kind of incident with a classmate. It's a very short novel and to say I'm intrigued is an understatement.

Morning Breaks in the Elevator by Lemn Sissay | £8.34
This is a poetry collection I've read once already but it's calling out to me from my shelf, almost demanding to be read again. That's what I like about poetry, it can be read again and again, each time offering a new symbol or idea that you hadn't quite revealed on a first read.

What are you currently reading? 
I'd love to know! 


  1. That's quite a list! Enjoy your reads, Jennie.

  2. That Eagleman books sounds intense, and rather beautiful at the same time. Definitely popping that on my 'to read' list! <3

    Megan /

  3. Great list, I like the sound of the David Eagleman book it sounds really interesting :)

    Bethan Likes

  4. I'm automatically drawn and intrigued to the book by Buten, I've saved it in my books to buy notes on my phone. Look forward to a review from this book x

  5. Wow, 'When I was Five' is definitely quite an intriguing title! I want to read that too.
    And also, welcome to the bookish community, I didn't know you just started. You fit right in. Love your photos!


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