France Reading List

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Blonde - Joyce Carol Oates: An unfinished beauty. Spontaneously bought this one last autumn to cheer myself up after a disastrous job interview, and although I knew at once that I absolutely adored it, I never got around to finishing it. 

In Cold Blood - Truman Capote: My mum’s favourite book. She’s been recommending it to me for years, and seeing as I’m taking a southern literature class next year, I figured that it was a good time to give it a shot.

On Beauty - Zadie Smith: A book I’ve heard lots about written by a woman I hugely admire. I’ve read some of Zadie’s essays and watched some of her speeches and interviews, and she’s just so brilliant. We also have a copy of White Teeth in the house somewhere, but the lovely Rosianna has definitely recommended this one a number of times, and her influence won out in the end. 

Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov: A classic & an old favourite. Light of my life. Deserving of a treasured re-read. 

(and there’s my notebook sitting on the top - the one I picked up from Atlantis Books in Santorini and haven’t written in since)