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Finally finished reading Carol!

A chance encounter between two lonely women leads to a passionate romance in this lesbian cult classic. Therese, a struggling young sales clerk, and Carol, a homemaker in the midst of a bitter divorce, abandon their oppressive daily routines for the freedom of the open road, where their love can blossom. But their newly discovered bliss is shattered when Carol is forced to choose between her child and her lover.

It sounds like a great read, doesn’t it? I really really wanted to enjoy this book but to be honest it fell short of my expectations.

Taking a long time to get into the story, I found it hard to connect with Therese and Carol, neither of them exerting the usual feelings of attachment I normally have when reading about a female protagonist. I anticipated feeling empathy, a sense of understanding what Therese is feeling and the final moment of happiness that someone else, even if in a book, could put into words the thoughts and emotions of falling in love with someone society won’t accept you being with.

Now I can’t say it wasn’t well written. Nor was it particularly boring. It’s my opinion that this book just wasn’t meant for me. For the first time since I was 9, I found myself reading the last page of the book and praying for it to be over!

What are your opinions of the book? I’m still to see the film so will reserve judgement on it for now! 
The real question here, however, is what do I read next? 11 books to choose from, you decide!

  • The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff
  • Room by Emma Donaghue
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  • Before I Die by Jenny Downham
  • Did I Mention I Love You by Estelle Maskame
  • According To Yes by Dawn French
  • The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  • An Experiment in Love by Hilary Mantel
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side by Agatha Christie
  • The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Again, let me know! For now, I’m away to actually do something with my day.
Ktkinnes xx

Posted in Book reviews, Lifestyle, TV

The West Wing, Carol and more

Hello again everyone!

It seems tonight, sleep is eluding me. So what better to do than to talk to you all? Except it seems that for the first time in a while I am having bloggers block. Yes yes I should really be revising if I can’t sleep but it’s getting harder and harder to concentrate as time goes on. So tonight I am taking the time to just ignore exams!
Today I finished The West Wing and am no longer sure what to do with myself. It was a brilliant series with some of the best actors and actresses I’ve come across in it. Even made me contemplate moving to the States just to try and get a job in the White House! What do you think, would it be worth it? Either way, give the trailer a quick look! Apologies to anyone who also follows me on Twitter (@kvburton657) for the ridiculous amount of tweets about this phenomenal show but I simply can’t get enough of it. Even my flatmates are getting tired of me talking about it!

If this trailer doesn’t persuade you, maybe this one will:

I also decided to do some reading during my “me” time. While I understand Carol by Patricia Highsmith has been highly praised, and I’m sure the film is worth watching, I am seriously struggling to warm to this book. With less than 70 pages left, I will be glad when I finish it. Proper review to come when it’s finished but for now all I will say is I have no idea what Therese sees in Carol.

After my (possibly exam related) breakdown yesterday, I slept like a log until 8am when I woke up and started straight into revision. One of the most useful revision tools I have discovered is the Forest: Stay Focused app. You set a timer on the app and get started on whatever you want to focus on. At the end of the session, if you haven’t been on your phone, a little tree appears on a grid. Seeing how many trees are there at the end of the day can actually be quite motivating! Here’s my week’s trees so far:

Not as good as I would like but at least it’s a start. Who knows, tomorrow could be the day I find the motivation to work all day with no interruptions.