Sunday, 20 April 2014
This Week in Books: Easter Edition
Happy Easter guys! It's a very wet day here in London which is thoroughly putting me in the mood for some cosy bank holiday reading. The rain pretty much always has that effect on me.
This weekend I am reading Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs by Jeremy Mercer as per Ellie's recommendation, Titus Andronicus by Willy-Shakes and Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. Quite the varied selection, I feel.
I've been off work since Wednesday as I booked a couple of days holiday for some extra chill time and, although it has been a busy weekend, I've been getting a good amount of reading in. I finished Audrey Magee's The Undertaking sat on the South Bank on Wednesday afternoon and then started Mercer's memoir that evening (it did not have the start I expected). I then drove back to Somerset on Thursday which took absolutely forever and was greeted by my pooch and some slobbery kisses. After some quality time with the pooch which turned my black outfit into a furry shade of yellow (she is a yellow Labrador), I settled down to dive into Lolita. It was so nice to be in Somerset for a couple of days - I did two brilliantly long runs through the countryside and spent a lot of time in the fresh air (manure filled, yet still fresher than London air).
I'm loving all my reading choices but Lolita is definitely taking the lead in the stakes for favourite. Nabokov's writing is so lyrical and beautiful and slightly incongruous to the twisted and perverted world of Humbert Humbert (what a creep). Mercer's bookish memoir is adding a needed element of lightheartedness to counteract the perversion of Lolita and the sheer violence of Titus Andronicus (Lavinia has to be the unluckiest girl in literature, and one of the best).
It's a shame there is only a day and a half left of this Easter weekend. I could so get used to this lifestyle...
How have you spent your Easter weekend?
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