Sunday, 6 June 2010

I'm Allowed To Read!

The above statement may seem somewhat bizarre to a few eyes at least, but the point being that I have now finished my degree! The last exam is over and done with and I just need to sort graduation and stuff out. But the most exciting thing, is that I am now allowed to read! I've been avoiding reading for pleasure too much over the last three years (excluding summers) because I'd feel guilty for reading something that wasn't philosophy, but now I can read whatever I like and not have that guilt of procrastination follow each page.

On Friday I picked up 1984 off my shelf, which has been sat in wait for me for a few months now. I need a big train to get to the girlfriend, so used the journey as reading time... it felt great. I must sound like a massive dork with all this excitement about reading, but I'm just going to add to that impression and tell you on Friday, whilst packing for Download with my best friend, this reading thought occurred to me. I leapt up onto my bed and pulled a book off my bookshelf (1984) then - full of enthusiasm - my best friend and I high fived being allowed to read.

This is one of those books that you're meant to have read, so it's about time I got round to it really.

I'll let you know what I think when I'm done =] Ooh, I just realised I never got back to you about that Hector's Journey book about happiness... I'll tell you now it was amazing. I got distracted by revision and life but I'll try to give you a brief review if I can at some point.

Sorry this is such a brief post, but I am off to a wedding today and have to leave the house in seven minutes apparently.


  1. Oh I hope you enjoy "1984", I can honestly say it is, without doubt, the greatest book I have ever read :)

  2. I love 1984, I recently wrote a creative peice based on it for coursework - there's just so much depth to it (1984 I mean...)
    I know what you mean about not allowing yourself to read, I've banned myself to, but it doesn't stop me trawling the interwebz. Pointless ban really. But exams are finished on Thurs, yay ^__^

  3. I am so jealous of you that you get to read Nineteen Eighty-Four for the first time! Brilliant book. Hope you do actually enjoy it and don't just think, "It's not as good as the hype!"

    I reread (for the millionth time) High Fidelity last night. If you haven't read it, you absolutely must. Every time I read it, I find another beautiful bit of writing that I fall in love with; a page, a paragraph, sometimes just a well-placed word. Right now I'm ruminating on the bit where Rob says, "Laura is who I am now, and it's no good pretending otherwise..." It just seems, for me, to perfectly describe one's feelings towards a long-term partner. When you have been together for years, and you are each other. And to someone who doesn't have that, it sounds scary... heck, it sounds scary anyway, who wants to lose yourself?!... but it's also beautiful. Like... it's beautifully sad, because you no longer have the option to start again (because they will always, always be a part of who you are, even if you break up...) but it's also just beautifully joyful, because... he/she is who you are now. And you love them, so what could be better than that? Argh, I haven't explained myself very well. Basically, I love High Fidelity.