– Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis


October 9th, 2016

Was stuck in bed being miserable and grouchy all day because of my cramps, and I’m sure that iced coffee a friend delivered to my room didn’t help either. Why does mother nature have to torture me so – and just when I have to be productive! Stayed under my covers despite the ideal weather outside till 4pm, when I dragged myself out of bed for a shower (just in time for dinner). Now my hair smells of cinnamon. Alas, everything still hurts but at least I smell lovely. Joyce’s Portrait remains unread though. Of course I could watch the film adaptations of Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility, then read the entire screenplay for the latter in one night, but not finish reading Joyce in a day. I’m beginning to think that I ought to be studying Austen and perhaps Eliot (that is, George Eliot), instead of Woolf or Plath. It’d certainly make my life easier.

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

As hype for the Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls builds up and everyone’s favourite mother-daughter duo returns to the forefront of our consciousness, I was recently reminded – by a friend, no less – of the “Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge”. Throughout the series, 339 literary references were made and the challenge, thus, is for fans to read as many of these books as possible. Buzzfeed’s even rather helpfully compiled a list of all the books referenced to facilitate our undertaking of this massive and slightly impossible task (given the immense difficulty of some of these texts – I really wouldn’t recommend reading Finnegan’s Wake unless you’re certain of your perfect soundness of mind). So, because my friend asked, to illustrate where I’m at with the reading challenge, here’s my list:  Continue reading