I am sorry that I have been so quiet recently, I have started studying. Yes, I may be completely mad by I thought that if I liked books so much why don’t I study them. So, a mix of the books in the above pile are ones that I have to read, lets be frank I would not read Hamlet out of choice. This is my reading pile this week, I will of course update you as to how I get on and when I finish them and my thoughts. Let me know if you have read any of them and what your thoughts were?

 

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (published by Vintage )

In this vivid portrait of one day in a woman’s life, Clarissa Dalloway is preoccupied with the last-minute details of a party she is to give that evening. As she readies her house she is flooded with memories and re-examines the choices she has made over the course of her life.

This is one of my study reads.

This is another of the books that I need to read as part of my degree. Hamlet by William Shakespeare. I believe Maggie O’Farroll is due to release Hamnet her first historical novel around the story of Hamlet (Tinder Press) which I cannot wait to read.

Hamlet is considered one of Shakespeare’s most rich and enduring plays, the depiction of its hero Hamlet as he vows to avenge the murder of his father by his brother Claudius is both powerful and complex. As Hamlet tries to find out the truth of the situation, his troubled relationship with his mother comes to the fore as do the paradoxes in his personality. A play of carefully crafted conflict and tragedy, Shakespeare’s intricate dialogue continues to fascinate audiences to this day.

A Thousand Ships

I was very excited to see A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes (published by Mantle at my local library and knew that I had to pick it up. I have become obsessed with this type of book after reading Circe, I thought A Thousand Ships was an ideal companion.

In the middle of the night, Creusa wakes to find her beloved Troy engulfed in flames. Ten seemingly endless years of brutal conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans are over, and the Greeks are victorious. Over the next few hours, the only life she has ever known will turn to ash……

The devastating consequences of the fall of Troy stretched from Mount Olympus to Mount Ida, from the citadel of Troy to the distant Greek islands, and across oceans and sky in between. These are the stories of the women embroiled in that legendary war and its terrible aftermath, as well as the feud and the fatal decisions that started it all……

I have put This Is How We Change The Ending by Vikki Wakefield (published by Text Publishing) I heard Vikki talk over the weekend and she is one inspirational lady, if she is talking near you, she is a must to go and see.

Nate McKee is doing his best to be invisible. He’s worried about a lot of things- how his dad treats Nance and his twin half-brothers; they hydro crop in his bedroom; his reckless friend, Merrick.

Nate hangs out at the local youth centre and fills his notebooks with things he can’t say. When some of his pages are stolen, and his words turn up as graffiti on the centre, he realises he has allies. He might be able to make a difference, change his life, and claim his future. Or can he?

Targeted

The last book on my pile and I need to say a big thank you to Harper Collins for sending me a copy of Targeted by Brittany Kaiser I have already started reading this. It is an addicted, eye-opening read.

They know what you buy.

They know who your friends are.

They know everything about you- most of all how to manipulate you.

When Brittany Kaiser first sat down with Alexander Nix, the charismatic head of the upstart political communications firm Cambridge Analytica, she believed that personal data- the information collected about you from your smartphone, social media and online habits – could be a force for good.

What began as an unlikely job prospect soon became something much more nefarious, as Kaiser’s efforts to build the world’s leading data-science company culminated instead with Brexit and the presidency of Donald Trump.

Going behind the scenes of Cambridge Analytica’s rise and fall, Kaiser pulls the curtain back on the big business of Big Data, explaining how people’s online behaviour is influence when their data is weaponised against them.

A pretty diverse reading pile. What are you currently reading?

Have a good weekend

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