Book Love: Updates, Updates

Things have been going on, honestly, they just haven’t quite made it onto the blog.  But suffice to say that I’ve been having a wonderfully busy, but somehow still relaxed, final year of uni.  I’m loving being back in Bath (especially after having such a rubbish time in Italy), am living with two amazing housemates, and am genuinely enjoying my degree – does it get better than that?!

Oh, and I might have kinda sorta got a graduate job with Teach First for next year… no doubt there’ll be plenty more to come on that!  I’m still a bit in shock.

I’ve been getting through a few books slowly but surely, some for uni and some just for fun, including J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy.  I absolutely adore Harry Potter, so it’s no surprise that I ordered this pretty much immediately.  I know some people seemed a bit disappointed, but I really enjoyed it and the story’s still stuck in my mind.  I think I found it particularly relevant given that my mind’s stuck on Teach First, which works in schools with difficult kids – if you’ve read The Casual Vacancy I’m sure you’ll know what I mean.  My favourite thing, though, was that J.K. Rowling still managed to create a whole world that made Harry Potter so successful – I was totally drawn in.  More please!

At the moment I’m about halfway through The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas, but I can’t quite decide what I think about it.  I quite like the story and the structure, but the characters are just all horrible and so crude.  I’ve heard people say that this is just representing real life, but my life is certainly nothing like this.  Think I need a bit more time to make up my mind.

I’m also reading That Woman, the autobiography of Wallis Simpson by Anne Sebba, but I left it in Bath while I came home for Christmas, so it’s on hold for a while.  I’m quite enjoying autobiographies and there are quite a few on my to-read list – new trend inspired by reading Killing Pablo for a uni presentation I did.  It’s Mark Bowden’s brilliant telling of the story of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and the havoc he wreaked before finally being tracked down and shot.  I found it totally fascinating, but I’d probably only recommend it to people with a bit of background knowledge/interest in Latin America and/or the USA’s war on drugs.  I am interested in both – so I thought it was great!

Now to plan for next year – bring on the resolutions (sort of)…