Updated 31st March 2020
[The full list of books is in the right-hand panel, or under Menu in the phone app.]
What is it about reading something for the first time? “You never have this experience again with the story … it’s a kind of falling-in-love reaction.” Stanley Kubrick said this, and I know what he means. It’s why I write about books as I read them. I want to remember that reaction, so I stop every few chapters and write about everything I’ve found interesting and engaging. (Or not.) Most of the books I read, but not all, are novels.
The name is taken from Philip K Dick’s short story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, later adapted for the cinema in Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall. At the centre of the story is the unreliability of memory. And, in the case of Verhoeven’s movie, graphic violence.
What I’m reading now:
The Mirror and the Light—Hilary Mantel
The Testaments—Margaret Atwood
The Stranger/The Outsider—Albert Camus
Dombey and Son—Charles Dickens
Last Orders—Graham Swift
The Comedians—Graham Greene
An American Marriage—Tayari Jones
The Long Take—Robin Robertson
Best recent read:
The Handmaid’s Tale—Margaret Atwood