Updated 25th June 2019
What is it about reading something for the first time? “You never have this experience again with the story. You have a reaction to it: it’s a kind of falling-in-love reaction.” This was Stanley Kubrick, and I agree with him. It’s why I write about books as I read them, in diary form. 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 full list is in the right-hand panel, or under Menu in the phone app.
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 Verhoven’s movie, graphic violence.
What I’m reading now:
In Search of Lost Time 1: Swann’s Way – Marcel Proust (on hold)
Don Quixote—Miguel de Cervantes
Dombey and Son—Charles Dickens
We Have Always Lived in the Castle—Shirley Jackson
Mrs Dalloway—Virginia Woolf
Lincoln in the Bardo—George Saunders
The Remainder—Alia Trabucco Zerán
Pereira Maintains—Antonio Tabucchi
The Noise of Time – Julian Barnes
Best recent read: