I can’t afford to travel right now, not at all. Unless we count the bike ride to Germany to buy cheap groceries or the six-odd flights of stairs up to my new apartment. Which, quite frankly, I don’t. So by definition, I’m gonna be a pretty damn awful travel blogger for a little while.
But I still love writing. And wasting money on the continent is, funnily enough, not my only skill. As far as other strings to my bow go, I graduated last Summer with a Literature degree (f load of use that’s been these last 8 months) and I also… Okay no, there are only two strings.
Where I’m going with this is, I’ve recently read some books I quite enjoyed, and now I’m going to tell you why. Anecdotally, as always. And maybe, if I get a view or two, I will make ‘staying still’ a permanent addition to my navigation bar. (Too late, already did it.) ‘Travelling’ and ‘staying still’ – get it? No? Okay, don’t worry. I’ll throw in some tasty photos to make this digression from wanderlusting mildly more entertaining anyhow.
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson
Thoughts: I could well live to be 100 years old. With this in mind, I am not the following;
• sparing a single thought for my career. At all.
• stressing about learning another language just yet.
• saving money for anything other than travel.
• growing up.
“…you’ll see that things will turn out like they do, because that is what usually happens – almost always, in fact.”
The Rachel Papers – Martin Amis
Thoughts: I wish my host parents had warned me how incredibly erotic this novel was before I picked it from the bookshelf and took it on our ski week away. Needless to say, what followed was plenty of inappropriate questions and raised eyebrows, so much so that I began to hide the book inside my notebook when reading it.
“Sex was like Disneyland to her: an allotment of organized wonders and legal mischief.” ‘Nuff said.
Stoner – John Williams
Thoughts: Written in 1965, Waterstones’ book of the year 2013 – makes no sense, ey? A complex and closely-focussed character portrait that I raced through in a couple of days. Never did I think I could enjoy such a sad book so much!
“He was forty-two years old, and he could see nothing before him that he wished to enjoy and little behind him that he cared to remember.”
Other opinions of late;
• Blue Jasmine was a wicked film, a well-deserved Oscar for Cate Blanchett. On a similar note, Salzburg’s Das Kino cinema is fabulous. I shall be going again very soon.
• I have watched the What Languages Sound like to Foreigners video a good 5-10 times. Language mindfudge, I love it!
• ‘Next life chapter’ resolution #1, concerning my diet and weight, is going well. Due to borderline poverty, I am currently living off a stable diet of Nespresso (enough to last another week, eek!), potato in various forms, and donations of all kinds. I feel like a student again, this is amazing. Hurry up payday!