April Book Haul | 2015

Early, but so many books.

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Today, I Am Depressed

But it’s okay. It’s okay to be depressed. I have to remember that.

Last night, on Tumblr, I posted this:

“I want to kill myself. But I know that I won’t. Still, the desire remains. I was optimistic. I thought I could go months without an episode. I was wrong. And all I can do now is try not to cry as I stare at the wall and berate my brain for feeling this way.

Fuck you, depression. I didn’t need you tonight.”

Today, I am still depressed, but the desire to end my life has passed. Yes, it’s still in the back of my mind, yet I’m not doing to give in, or beat myself up about it. Not today, not ever.

I am depressed. And it’s okay.

Book Haul | March 2015

It’s a big ‘un again. Grab a cuppa and come sit by my fire.

(No, I have not read much Silverstein.)

Books mentioned:

  1. The Archived http://www.bookdepository.com/Archived-Victoria-Schwab/9781423171089
  2. An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth http://www.bookdepository.com/Astronauts-Guide-Life-on-Earth-Chris-Hadfield/9780316253031
  3. The Beggar’s Opera & Polly http://www.bookdepository.com/Beggars-Opera-Polly-John-Gay/9780199642229
  4. The Book of Imaginary Beings http://www.bookdepository.com/Book-Imaginary-Beings-Jorge-Luis-Borges/9780099442639
  5. The Boy Who Lost Fairyland http://www.bookdepository.com/Boy-Who-Lost-Fairyland-Catherynne-Valente/9781250023490
  6. A Brief History of Time http://www.bookdepository.com/Brief-History-Time-Stephen-Hawking/9780857501004
  7. The Children of Húrin http://www.bookdepository.com/Children-Hurin-Tolkien/9780007597338
  8. The Complete English Poems http://www.bookdepository.com/Complete-English-Poems-John-Donne/9780140422092
  9. A Confederacy of Dunces http://www.bookdepository.com/Confederacy-Dunces-John-Kennedy-Toole/9780141182865
  10. The Darkest Part of The Forest http://www.bookdepository.com/Darkest-Part-Forest-Holly-Black/9781780621739
  11. The English Patient http://www.bookdepository.com/English-Patient-Michael-Ondaatje/9780747572596
  12. Good Omens http://www.bookdepository.com/Good-Omens-Neil-Gaiman/9780552171892
  13. Gwynne’s Latin http://www.bookdepository.com/Gwynnes-Latin-NM-Gwynne/9780091957438
  14. Hold Your Own http://www.bookdepository.com/Hold-Your-Own-Kate-Tempest/9781447241218
  15. The Invisible Library http://www.bookdepository.com/Invisible-Library-Genevieve-Cogman/9781447256236
  16. Little Boy Lost http://www.bookdepository.com/Little-Boy-Lost-Marghanita-Laski/9781906462055
  17. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children http://www.bookdepository.com/Miss-Peregrines-Home-for-Peculiar-Children-Ransom-Riggs/9781594746031
  18. On Beauty http://www.bookdepository.com/On-Beauty-Zadie-Smith/9780141019451
  19. Palimpsest http://www.bookdepository.com/Palimpsest-Catherynne-Valente/9780553385762
  20. Pride & Prejudice http://www.bookdepository.com/Pride-Prejudice-Jane-Austen/9780141439518
  21. The Rainbow http://www.bookdepository.com/Rainbow-Lawrence/9780141441382
  22. The Raven Boys http://www.bookdepository.com/Raven-Boys-Maggie-Stiefvater/9781407134611
  23. The Raven’s Head http://www.bookdepository.com/Ravens-Head-Karen-Maitland/9781472215062
  24. Reasons To Stay Alive http://www.bookdepository.com/Reasons-Stay-Alive-Matt-Haig/9781782115083
  25. Ross Poldark http://www.bookdepository.com/Ross-Poldark-Winston-Graham/9781447281528
  26. The Sandman Volume 1 http://www.bookdepository.com/Sandman-Preludes-Nocturnes-01-Neil-Gaiman/9781401225759
  27. The Stories of English http://www.bookdepository.com/Stories-English-David-Crystal/9780141015934
  28. Stung With Love http://www.bookdepository.com/Stung-with-Love-Poems-Fragments-Sappho-Sappho/9780140455571
  29. Theogony & Works & Days http://www.bookdepository.com/Theogony-Works-Days-Hesiod/9780199538317
  30. The Time In Between http://www.bookdepository.com/Time-Between-Nancy-Tucker/9781848318304
  31. The Turn of The Screw & The Aspern Papers http://www.bookdepository.com/Turn-Screw-Aspern-Papers-Henry-James/9780141439907
  32. Unfinished Tales http://www.bookdepository.com/Unfinished-Tales-Tolkien/9780261103627
  33. Vicious http://www.bookdepository.com/Vicious-Schwab/9781783290215
  34. Viper Wine http://www.bookdepository.com/Viper-Wine-Hermione-Eyre/9780099581666
  35. White Teeth http://www.bookdepository.com/White-Teeth-Zadie-Smith/9780140297782
  36. 2001: A Space Odyssey http://www.bookdepository.com/2001-Arthur-Clarke/9781857236644

Review | The Name of The Rose – Umberto Eco


  • Paperback (Vintage, 493 pages)
  • First published 1980; this edition published 2004
  • Rating on Goodreads: 2 stars
  • Buy the book here

“The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon – all sharpened to a glistening edge by wry humor and a ferocious curiosity. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey, where ‘the most interesting things happen at night.'”

Being a medieval history student, The Name of The Rose sounded right up my street. A murder mystery set in an abbey in the early 1300s? Yes please.

And I really wanted to enjoy this. I really did. I’ve heard so many good things about Eco’s writing, that he could weave wonders – but all I gleaned from reading this is that his writing is overly dense and not evident in pace.

Of course, this could be due to the translation, and Eco’s writing in his native Italian might be fabulous. (If only I could read Italian.) As it is, I’m only able to read the translation – and this one fell very flat for me. There were too many non-distinctive characters; not one of them stood out. The voice was incredibly passive and offered no sight of adventure or pace – surely a murder mystery would offer those?

The Name of The Rose, in the end, did not redeem itself for me in the slightest. I wish it had. But I was left feeling underwhelmed and indifferent to the outcome. I wouldn’t recommend this if you’re looking for any medieval history fiction. It doesn’t hit the mark at all.