279 books so far…

As I read books, I stop every few chapters and write about them before the memory inevitably fades. Most of the books I read, but not all, are novels. As I finish each one either I archive it according to when it was first published (fiction) or not (non-fiction).

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 the movie, graphic violence.

What I’m reading now:
In Search of Lost Time 1: Swann’s Way – Marcel Proust (on hold)
2666 – Roberto Bolaño (on hold)
The Noise of Time – Julian Barnes
Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
Shirley – Charlotte Bronte

Recently finished:
Days Without End – Sebastian Barry
Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens
The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
Closely Observed Trains (or Closely Watched Trains) – Bohumil Hrabal
Memento Mori – Muriel Spark

Best recent read:
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce

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