Libraries are dangerous places. All I did was innocently pop in to my local library to see if I could find a copy of Animal Farm by George Orwell and I ended up leaving with three entirely different books…
I Love Dick by Chris Kraus
When Chris Kraus, an unsuccessful artist pushing 40, spends an evening with a rogue academic named Dick, she falls madly and inexplicably in love, enlisting her husband in her haunted pursuit. Dick proposes a kind of game between them, but when he fails to answer their letters Chris continues alone, transforming an adolescent infatuation into a new form of philosophy. Blurring the lines of fiction, essay and memoir, Chris Kraus’s novel was a literary sensation when it was first published in 1997. Widely considered to be the most important feminist novel of the past two decades, I Love Dick is still essential reading; as relevant, fierce and funny as ever.
Chelsea, one of my favourite gals in the whole wide world, is currently reading this book (or so GoodReads tells me anyway…). As I have little doubt she will end up recommending this book to me, I might as well get a head start and read it anyway. I’m not too sure what it is actually about, but here’s hoping it will make sense once I get into it! I’m not going to lie, the cover definitely makes me laugh. I may have already taken a picture of it and sent it to my boyfriend heeheeheehee…
The Bees by Laline Paull
Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen. Yet Flora has talents that are not typical of her kin. And while mutant bees are usually instantly destroyed, Flora is reassigned to feed the newborns, before becoming a forager, collecting pollen on the wing. Then she finds her way into the Queen’s inner sanctum, where she discovers secrets both sublime and ominous. Enemies roam everywhere, from the fearsome fertility police to the high priestesses who jealously guard the Hive Mind. But Flora cannot help but break the most sacred law of all, meaning her instinct to serve is overshadowed by a desire, as overwhelming as it is forbidden…
A book I have been wanting to read for a while is The Bees. This is the first novel I know of that is told from the point of view of a bee, and it just sounds so mysterious and intriguing. It’s definitely something different to what I usually read, and I hope it will get those few remaining brain cells of mine moving. I am keeping everything crossed I will enjoy this. I will be so disappointed if it turns out to be mediocre. *sad face*
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Love isn’t an exact science – but no one told Don Tillman. A thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don’s never had a second date. So he devises the Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie – ‘the world’s most incompatible woman’ – throwing Don’s safe, ordered life into chaos. But what is this unsettling, alien emotion he’s feeling?
Hallelujah! I’ve FINALLY managed to get my hands on a copy of “The Rosie Project”. Seriously, I’ve heard so much about this book. I’ve been meaning to read it for aaaages but finding it in my local library is as likely as finding a leprechaun at the end of a rainbow. Does that justify me borrowing it, when I have about 40 books at home? I hope it does. I suppose I could have bought it, but then again I wasn’t sure if I would like it. Out of the three books I have here, I think I will read this first. I will be reading this mostly at work and I need something relatively easy to dip in and out of. Please do not be disappointing!
In case you were wondering, I couldn’t find Animal Farm! Tell me, what is on your To Be Read list?