I treated myself to a new book the other day. After being holed-up in the house for days on end, reading reams of academic material I drifted into Waterstones seeking that familiar pleasure of being surrounded by books. I could spend hours in a bookshop just perusing the shelves, reading blurbs and trying to guess what I really should read next. And it really is a guess. There are just so many books out there to read and sometimes I get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of literature I should appreciate.In the end I chose to purchase ‘The Shipping News’ by E. Annie Proulx; I have a feeling my very good friend recommended it. This will be my fieldwork treat when I need an escape from my academic woes. I am really looking forward to it and trying my utmost not to cheat and start it already – it’s going to be tough, the longing has begun and I recognise this feeling. I experienced this with Everything is Illuminated, Memoirs of Geisha, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and 1984. It’s that almost-obsession of wanting to forego everything else in life, including eating and sometimes, breathing just so you can read that little bit more.
But while we are on the subject, I would love some more book recommendations please. Any must-reads you need to share? Please comment your ideas for me. It would really help my future trips to the bookshop and save my Dad the agony of loitering around the shopping centre waiting for me.