Jeremy Irons Reads TS Eliot's 'The Waste Land' BBC Radio 4


Birthday book haul [2014]

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, Quiet by Susan Cain, Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, The Secret History by Donna Tartt




The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, Carson McCullers


This is most likely going to be a new segment on my blog which was inspired by @thebooker

Much like hers I’m also doing a themed recommendation and this week, it’s poetry.
Not just any poetry but Punk poetry.
Punk poetry is not very widespread genre In fact there are only very few punk poets out there and I really love punk poetry because I feel like it connects with me and it feels more genuine and raw.

1. Just kids by patti smith

It is an honest moving story or perhaps prose written about friendship and youth. Her writing is almost lyrical and it is very unique, I personally loved it.
I have no idea how to describe this book or how good her writing is but this is a quote from her book, I hope you can tell how amazing it is by these few lines,
“So my last image was as the first. A sleeping youth cloaked in light, who opened his eyes with a smile of recognition for someone who had never been a stranger.”

2. Ten years in an open necked shirt by john cooper Clarke

I came across john cooper Clarke because of the arctic monkeys as they featured one his poems, I wanna be yours in their latest album and I remember falling in love with the lyrics. I went to search for his other poems and I can across evidently in chicken town and that poem sold it for me. I knew I had to get it and so i did and it was beautiful. His metaphors are so bloody unique and he writes in ways that you would never think to write I really love it. Unfortunately this is his only book.

3. Basketball diaries by Jim Carroll

I came across This Book when I watched the movie actually and I didn’t know that this was a book until I started reading up on it and initially I didn’t know that this book was classified as punk poetry until I started researching on him Carroll. I love his writing style and the book is amazing.
I love how he didn’t romanize drugs or shove the fact down your throat that drug is bad. It’s probably because it is an autobiography and he wrote his experience with it in a very beautiful way and his writings still echo in my head even till now. It’s one of those books that hit you hard and I hope that you guys pick it up too

All of these books can be found on book depository or amazon. Most local bookstores like kinokuniya or most Barnes and nobles don’t have them in stores and you most likely have to ask them to order it in for you so book depository is the best. It is worth the buy honestly. I love all of them so much.

I’m sorry if my description is too vague because I don’t want to spoil the books for you and especially since it’s a poetry book, the stories are very abstract and the only thing I can talk about is their writing. Do go and check them out on good reads they have better overviews there.

Anyway stay tuned for next weeks recommendation. Thanks to @thebooker for inspiring me to make my own (:

I was tagged by hot-tea-and-books-on-a-rainy-day Thank you so much! :)

1. Chel. (It’s shortened from Michelle)

2. Brown

3. Black

4. I like chemistry.

5. Tangerine.

6. Local Kinokuniya. 

7. I don’t have a favorite celebrity.

8. Eagle.


10. The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime: Forgotten Cops and Private Eyes from the Time of Sherlock Holmes ( I cannot recommend this book enough. I recently read it and was pleasantly introduced to many long dead authors and their forgotten works. )

I tag: daisycalloway anabelsbrother prettybookish bookwormdiaries tilly-and-her-books readaroundtherosie theclassicreader thebooker & whoever who wants to do this tag. 


not quite sure what to do with myself now, as I’ve been reading this for over a month

This edition has been on my wish list for a year.


I have recently started buying books because one day I want a beautiful book case full of them! And I am just loving my small collection I have started :D

Look at the size of The Count of Monte Cristo!


Leo Tolstoy telling a story to his grandchildren (c. 1900)

the reader and her books

INTP. I read for fun and personal enjoyment. I'm also a moody reader, so I might like a book one day and dislike it on a later reread (or the other way round).

Currently reading:

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

Great Expectation by Charles Dickens

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