Right, doing this has officially become a chore, so I’m out.
No no, hold your tears – you’ll make it sound rehearsed…
As a last act of vanity, a sentence or three about the books I’m currently spreading myself across:
Book The Sixty-Seventh
What Am I Doing Here by Bruce Chatwin, a collection of Chatwin’s essays and short pieces written at various times throughout his life. Readable, and he certainly got up to a bit in his lifetime, but so far it has left me cold.
Book The Sixty-Eighth
The Complete Short Stories of Saki, the definitive collection of HH Munro, an author the students put me onto years ago and who by rights should occupy the same place in the cultural landscape as PG Wodehouse if it wasn’t for the premature patriotism-related death he suffered.
Book The Sixty-Ninth
The David Icke Guide To The Global Conspiracy And How To Stop It. Icke is crazier than a shithouse rat, but this – basically the Rosetta Stone of conspiracy theories where he ties together every left-of-centre idea into one overarching plot to kill us all – is sort of like comfort reading for me. I can read chapter after chapter without getting bored. Although admittedly it does start to drag slightly when he starts using entire chapters to list members of the American military-industrial complex and the numerous secret societies they’ve belonged to…
Book The Seventieth
The Eerie Silence by Paul Davies. A look at the history of SETI with a digression into the theory of alien life. So far, a lot of fun.
Book The Seventy-First
I Am Not Esther, by Fleur Beale. Studying this one with the Year 9s again. I like the stuff I get to teach religious children with this text, but my thoughts on it are summed up entirely here.
Book The Seventy-Second
The Carbon Diaries by Saci Lloyd, a future history, in diary form, about a sudden global-warming-related weather shift causing the UK to cut its carbon emissions overnight by eighty percent. Readable; I might teach it if we get a set of them – I can get all preachy and hippy, and expand the woeful ignorance my students have about this subject (I’m reading this basically because the other week I had a conversation with some of my fifteen-year-olds where it transpired that they didn’t know what global warming was. At all.) and I’ll probably read the sequel that’s sitting around the library, but nothing to get too excited over.
Book The Seventy-Third
Impulse by Ellen Hopkins, the story of three disparate individuals who find each other after attempting suicide. I like this story better than Hopkins’ other stories I’ve read recently – it’s been almost twenty-years since I read Go Ask Alice, and while such stories can be fun, I’m sort of bored with sordid tales of teenage drug abuse. Teenagers cutting themselves or taking too many pills on the other hand never gets boring. I guess it’s because I just like the idea of teenagers getting hurt… That having been said, both Crank and Glass had more poetic tricks in their narratives which made them interesting reading experiences. Impulse is more straightforward in its narrative, which isn’t bad, but is somewhat of a letdown given the potential inherent in the subject matter for the sort of double meanings which with Hopkins laced her first two books.
Right, that’s me for the time being. Cheers to the three or four people who read this, because it’s always nice to pretend there’s a purpose to doing all of this nonsense.