The stretch in the evening is leaving us for another year. It’s getting near time to start lighting the fire. Much as we may hate and disagree with Top 10s, Top 20s or Top 100 things you have to do/read/visit/watch, it’s no harm having a list of books to hand to get you through the winter’s hibernation.
The Guardian’s 100 best books of the 21st century
From Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall [No. 1] to Nora Ephron’s I Feel Bad About My Neck [No. 100] and everything in between, it’s a good starting point if you’re on the lookout for something to read.
27. That’s how many books I have read on this list and I enjoyed about 23 of them. There were also some glaring omissions – there wasn’t much from the art world and my beloved dystopian literature barely got a mention. Sci-Fi seemed to be equally ignored. The main suspects of fiction, biography/memoir and a few economic tomes thrown in but sure look nothing is perfect. With a little paragraph on each text, it’s a good starting point to have your library requests window open on the browser and the BorrowBox app ready to go. The full list of the 100 best books of the 21st century is available here. Feature image also stroked from this site so thanks for that.
Theatre was my first love. It all started with the One-Act and 3-Act AmDram festivals in our local theatre to get out of the house to smoke cigarettes on school nights. It wasn’t long before I had graduated onto the Class As in the Abbey, Peacock, Project, Tivoli and even more fringe events and locations. It’s physical. Being present with the cast, the crew, the soundscape of mutters, coughs, and gasps from the audience; the dust, the set, the murmur murmur hum before curtain. Pure energy. I can forgive anything — set, direction, costumes, props, performance — except bad writing.
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