BOOKS I READ IN JANUARY
Working off this list: 2016 READING LIST (plus I keep buying more books...)
- •Tokyo: Monocle Travel GuidePretty interesting guide though really only that useful if you’re going to Tokyo to look at architecture, drink fancy coffee and buy high-end clothes for men, plus getting taxis everywhere because ugh public transport is for peasants. There are some good tips for art and design and walks, and it’s saved by a section of short essays in the middle with odes to everything from Tokyo’s motorways to record shopping.
- •Step Aside, Pops & Hark! A Vagrant by Kate BeatonI’ve been following Kate’s comics online for a few years and realised I should give something back and finally buy her books. I’m really glad I did as they are so hilarious. If you like history, feminism, books or laughing you should get these immediately.
- •Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv AlbertineThere are so many great female rock musician memoirs on my wish list, but this was on offer first. I found it a bit too raw and honest to deal with. The first part about being part of the punk scene in London and touring with The Slits was really cool to read about from a female perspective. After that, it’s like watching a friend make a series of terrible life decisions and not being able to do anything about it. It’s a tough read but I have a ton of respect for her now.
- •The Royal We - Heather Cocks, Jessica MorganGot this cheap as it was recommended all over The List App. Being an anti-monarchy Scot, I am probably not the intended audience for what is basically Kate Middleton fan fiction, but it was well written for this sort of thing, and didn’t rely on ridiculous misunderstandings to drag the plot out. Enjoyable read, though I did find the characters a bit too madcap and cartoony by the end.
- •Stardust by Neil GaimanI though this was really strangely structured. The first few chapters make it seem like a massive multi-book epic and then it suddenly starts jumping the story forward randomly and condensing stuff to something much shorter. I would have liked to read the long version. I ended up watching the movie adaptation after and, while that had a bunch of different problems, it worked a lot better.
- •The Story Girl & The Golden Road by LM MontgomeryAs an Anne fan since childhood, I downloaded all of Montgomery's other books a year or two ago but got a bit bored as they're all very similar. These two are a nice change though with a male narrator and no growing up. Also includes one of my favourite book things - a newspaper written by the characters.