Books I Read in January

  1. Book v. Cigarettes – George Orwell
  2. Cultish – Amanda Montell
  3. Bright Lights, Big City – Jay McInerney
  4. No. 91/92: notes on a Parisian commute – Lauren Elkin
  5. All Men Want to Know – Nina Bouraoui
  6. Heather – G C McKay
  7. Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors – Susan Sontag
  8. A Chapbook About Nothing – Scott Cumming
  9. Blue of Noon – Georges Bataille
  10. 84 Charing Cross Road – Helen Hanff


I resolved to record my reading this year if you didn’t know. I have never done this in my life, and it can feel very self-aggrandizing. However, I offset this by never giving negative reviews. My reasons for this are simple. I would never be so bold as to assume I could tell another writer how to do their job. And, I usually enjoy every book I read, which seems to shock people.

A list like this can seem very narcissistic. Reading has suddenly become a competition, hence why I debated posting about what I read at all. But, I believe that you are entitled to come to your own conclusions. I do my best to be genuine in my interactions and subsequent actions. That being said, let me know below the books you read this month. I’d love to hear about them!


  1. Reblogged this on penwithlit and commented:
    You made a great start with Orwell I think. I’ve read a couple of books by Ferdinand Mount. One of these about the Victorian Prime Minister, Lord Aberdeen -basically faction. The other some superb book reviews. Also reading a brilliant biography of Sheridan, an Irish playwright and politician by Fintan O’Toole also brilliantly written. I think it is brilliant that you liked all those books!!!

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