I know that I was meant to write and post this yesterday, but I was preoccupied with work and then spent my evening applying to a job with Bloomsbury’s Academic Publishing department. This is all very exciting, especially as it would be working with the Biblical Studies and Theology teams (which my degree is in), as well as the Food and Anthropology teams. I have no idea how much I have of getting it, but I’m glad I’m putting myself forward for it nevertheless.
Today has also been significant as it was the last day at my work, which is something of a relief. I really appreciated everyone working there, but as I’ve said before, the role wasn’t for me, and it was doing more harm than good. Hopefully, I’ll now be able to pursue a career in writing and publishing and enjoy life a lot more!
Anyway, the point is that after work and redrafting my CV and a cover letter (and all the other exhausting job seeking things), I played some DnD with my flatmates then zonked out, as usual. Thus, I bring my Top 5 Wednesday slightly late, to discuss the top 5 authors I want to read more of. Again, these are not in any particular order.
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- Terry Pratchett – I honestly think this every single time I read a Discworld novel. I’ve read just under ten books by Pratchett, but I have plenty more left to read, including nine in my owned TBR list. His prose is witty, concise, and incredibly funny, but his stories are emotionally nuanced and deeply moving, and he tackles subjects such as the afterlife, and grief with incredible skill and beauty. His representation of Death is my favourite within fiction, and I actually quoted Reaper Man at my father’s funeral. I need to read more, and I intend to set more reading time aside to become better acquainted with Pratchett, may he rest in peace.
- Margaret Atwood – It is with no small amount of shame that I admit that I have only read The Handmaid’s Tale by Atwood, but Holy Hell (quite literally) what a book! I’m very excited to see the new TV series, as I’m also a big Elizabeth Moss fan, and she deals with fantastic themes of dystopia, theology, feminism, and fairy tales, which tick most of my boxes, and I have The Blind Assassin on my owned TBR, which I need to read.
- Angela Carter – Once again, a brilliant author that I have neglected by only reading one of her books, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories. I picked this up by chance several years ago in a rickety bookshop in Ledbury, a small town somewhere between my hometown of Worcester and the Welsh border, and ever since then I’ve recommended it to anyone who will listen. These are fairy retellings steeped in the foreboding and danger of the originals, but beautifully altered for a feminist retelling. Carter’s skills were made even more obvious to me when I read Feminist Fairy Tales by Barbara Walker a couple of weeks ago, which are about as subtle and nuanced as a certain former Prime Minister near an unguarded pig orifice. I have Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales on my owned TBR shelf waiting for me.
- Justin Cronin – My friend and flatmate had been recommending The Passage by Cronin for ages before I finally bit the bullet and bought a second-hand copy. Don’t be put off by the length – I zoomed through it. Haunting and incredibly atmospheric, the mix of magical realism, horrifying ultra-strong vampires and human survival in an apocalypse really makes me want to pick up the sequel.
- George Eliot – As is probably pretty clear from my Goodreads page, I am not hugely into classic literature. There are some books I love, such as Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, but mostly I’m not particularly fussed. However, I need to make an exception for George Eliot, as she takes no prisoners and was the only woman I studied in my first year of systematic theology at uni. I actually read Silas Marner before I went to uni, so I need to make more of an effort. She was self-taught and an absolute genius, and I feel I do her a disservice by not reading more of her work. Ladies represent!
Feel free to drop me a comment on your thoughts – do you have any tips for me, and do you have any authors you want to read more of? See you later this week!