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I have been scouring the net for really great fiction set in boarding schools and universities. I blame this on Stephen Fry, Roald Dahl, and PG Wodehouse. I read the harrowing “Such, Such were the Joys” and knew it wasn’t going to be all sunshine and rainbows. And it wasn’t, Orwell spent most of his time there feeling unwelcomed in a dreadful, repressive atmosphere.

GUYS, I HAVE FINALLY OPENED A GOODREADS ACCOUNT!! look for 3woodlandcreatures

I am going through the tedious but utterly self indulgent process of rating books. Oh sigh, i’ve got to remember to renew my library card!!

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NEW FEATURE: A CASE FOR WORDS

I’ve been getting emails asking me what I’ve read recently (I used to report this pretty often). To be honest, I usually have a couple of books going on at the same time so it’s hard to note any sort of pattern. I read a lot of non-fiction (I tend to stick to award-winning fiction). Currently, I’m one chapter into Wild (by Cheryl Strayed, who was “outed” as the beloved author of the incredible Dear Sugar column) and it’s heart-achingly fantastic chronicle of Cheryl’s physical and emotional journey as a young woman who lost her mother to disease to someone who becomes self-actualized and balanced.

Anyway, all these requests have inspired me to start a new feature: A CASE FOR WORDS – in which I shall show and do a review of whatever literature I read. Obviously, I won’t have time to write extensively about every work I come across, so I will take requests instead (or if I feel especially compelled to spazz about a certain work). Comment on the relevant post (or email me) to let me know which work you’d most like to read about and I shall do a write-up. I also welcome you all of you to discuss the books featured in these regular posts.

THIS WEEK:

The Unbearable Lightness of Being [Milan Kundera]

The Letters of Ernest Hemingway

Thinking Fast and Slow [Daniel Kahneman]

Londoners [Craig Taylor]

Sounds good? Request away!


restrained

I blame my tendency to be overly invested (read: obsessed) on my curiosity. Once I beceome attached to something, I absolutely have to know everything there is to know about it. I work efficiently too, under the overarching umbrella of “Acclaimed BBC Dramas” I have Sherlock, Jane Eyre, and Downton Abbey.

The first is far more enthralling than the others (part of the magic is because of how naturally Holmes is updated). I remember halfway through watching A Study In Pink and exclaiming “this is bloody brilliant!” Honestly, this is before I became a Cumberbatch devotee!

I read frantically, training my eyes on all of the original ACD canon and before the week is out, I can talk pretty knowledgably about Holmes.

Sigh…