339 books so far…

Updated 28th October 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:
Vanity Fair—William Makepeace Thackeray
Shadowplay—Joseph O’Connor

Recent reads:
An American Marriage—Tayari Jones
Cold Comfort Farm—Stella Gibbons
Girl, Woman, Other—Bernadine Evaristo
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress—Dai Sijie
Magpie Lane—Lucy Atkins
Hurricane Season—Fernanda Melchor
The Girl with All the Gifts—M R Carey
The English Teacher—R K Narayan

Best recent read:
The Mirror and the Light—Hilary Mantel

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