You may have noticed Novellique has undergone a much-needed makeover! Some areas of the site are still under construction and I hope to have them up and running in the next couple of days before I head off on holiday. Comment below what you think of the new theme!

Now, onto the post: the Novellique Weekly Reading Update returns with a rundown of everything I’ve been reading this week!

Weekly Novellique Reading Update #7

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Neuromancer by William Gibson

[Amazon] Neuromancer is another book on my cyborg reading list; the first couple of chapters felt like experiencing a third hand acid trip, but now I’m used to the new terms and concepts – and after reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – I feel ready to return to reading Neuromancer.

Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut

[Amazon] I’m only a couple of pages into this read so far and I’m finding the discussion of mechanical processes versus humans to be super interesting! I can’t wait to apply marxist and feminist readings to it with comparing how gender and class is represented.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

[Amazon] I’m sceptical about reading this because of the subject matter it covers, but it is on the university reading list so it will be interesting to compare my vague knowledge about it with the actual novel.

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If you’ve been following my Instagram account, you’ll know I’ve been reading Gone Girl recently – here’s my review!

REVIEW: Gone Girl

Gone Girl is one of the texts I’m reading for my Crime, Culture & Transgression module next semester. It coincided nicely with my return to Instagram and since this is my first review since returning properly to blogging, I thought I would play around with my usual review format. Read on to find out what I thought!

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CHARACTERS–

The main difference that hit me between the film – which I saw first – and the book was how different Amy is, especially towards the end of the book. I think the film left me with the impression that Amy was the villain and Nick was the innocent one, but with the book I think it is made clearer that both people are horrible. I see a lot of reviews that state this as the reason they didn’t like the book, and I understand that; but for me, the characters being horrible is the point of Gone Girl. Having horrible characters who do things in the dark that society doesn’t like to talk about only made Gone Girl feel more real to me. If there’s any element of storytelling I like, believability and realism is one of my top priorities.

PLOT–

The only negative thing I have to say about Gone Girl is that there were a couple of chapters – in the middle and near the end – that dragged on a little longer than I felt they should have. This is why I’m deducting 0.5* from my overall rating. However, having said this, I enjoyed the way Gone Girl built and released suspense. It is also important for me to mention that I saw the film a couple of years ago, prior to reading Gone Girl, so I already knew the major twist that happens half way through the book. The film and book are very close in terms of plot – there are specific quotes featured in the film directly from the book – but I would still reccomend reading Gone Girl even if you’ve already seen the film.

OVERALL–

I’m giving Gone Girl a 4.5* rating: the only reason I didn’t give a full 5* rating was due to the reasons I mentioned in the plot section. That being said, I absolutely loved Gone Girl – it has been a while since I read something quite as fast as this. While I used to read giant books very quickly in secondary school, since college and university I’ve gotten out of practice and haven’t read as much or as quickly – Gillian Flynn’s gripping writing style kept me hooked.

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WordPress apparently ate the first version I wrote of this, so here’s attempt two at writing a mix between a book haul and a general life update post.

Life Update & Book Haul!

While I’ve been gone from blogging, I’ve been working on re-establishing my Instagram, @novellique, into a theme and profile page that I like and enjoy working on.

Reading the cyborg and cyberpunk books for next semester at university has driven me towards reading more sci-fi books, including Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams and Alastair Reynold’s Revelation Space. In another Waterstones trip I also picked up a constellation notebook and a 2018/19 diary which I hope to start bullet journaling in.

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I got a polaroid camera for my birthday – it’s an Instax Mini 9 and I love it, especially for taking the occasional picture of plants and, of course, family and friends. I’ve started constructing a string of fairy lights with the best selection of pictures I’ve taken so far – I’ll be sharing it on Instagram Stories once I can find the right lighting conditions.

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If you have an Instagram account about reading, writing or blogging please drop it in the comments and I’ll give you a follow. I’m also looking at setting up a DM group for book bloggers – let me know if this is something you would be interested in!

EDIT 22/06/18: I’ve been having an issue with the editing software I’m using for my Instagram, so I’ve decided I’ll be screenshotting from my Instagram rather than embedding them in case I decide to re-edit/upload some of the pictures featured here.

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By now I believe I’ve recieved all of the books on my reading list for semester one of year two. Read on to find out which modules I’m taking and what the required reading for each is!

June Book Haul

The total cost of this book haul came to just over £82! I’m actually pleased with this, despite how expensive it was, because I managed to get every book (except two) for second hand through Amazon and therefore I’ve spent a lot less than my friends.

I’ve gone through and used the Goodreads covers for the breakdown of each specific book, because boy oh boy there are a lot of books in my room right now.

The CREATIVE WRITING MODULE

The CYBORG MODULE

The CRIME, CULTURE AND TRANSGRESSION MODULE

  • Paradise Lost
  • Arden of Faversham
  • The Monk
  • The Ballad of Reading Gaol and Other Poems
  • A Study in Scarlet
  • Lolita
  • Gone Girl
  • Devil In A Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
  • The Outsider by Albert Camus

Have you bought any books recently? Have you read any of these books?

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I haven’t done a monthly wrap up in what feels like forever, so here’s what I’ve been reading and posting in May.

May Wrap Up

I only managed to finish ONE book during may – this was because for the majority of May I was finishing university with exams and assessments taking up my time.

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I’ll be posting a full review for Gone Girl, but a short summary: it was a super quick and interesting read that kept me interested throughout and I’ll be looking at other Flynn books in the future.

However, in May I’ve also been reading my way through SIX other books.

In terms of blog posting, in May I’ve been posting about…

What books and blogging have you been enjoying in May? Let me know in the comments!


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Since I’m officially broken up from university, I’m back into reading and I couldn’t be happier. Here’s a summary of what I’ve been reading recently.

Weekly Reading Update #6

I’m now using my Instagram daily now so if you want to see specifically what up I’m to, follow the Novellique Instagram account – otherwise, this is an update of what I’m reading at the moment.

Neuromancer by William Gibson

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I’ve not heard of this book before, but I’m a decent part of the way through and I’m really enjoying it. getting used to the terminology and world was a bit of a challenge in the beginning but I love the writing style and I’m getting through it quite quickly – my reading speed is always a measure of how much I’m enjoying a book.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick

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The Bladerunner film is also part of the compulsory texts list for the cyborg module, so I’m glad the book it is based off is included – I’ve been meaning to read this book for over a year but I’ve never had a real reason to until now! It’s quite different from what I thought it would be, but I’m enjoying it so far.

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I don’t always review the books I study for my degree, but I have some things to say about a few of the books I’ve encountered. Dracula, in particular.

REVIEW: Dracula

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Dracula by Bram Stoker

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TITLE/COVER.

Regardless of which Dracula cover you end up with, they all feature a dark shadowy figure and, usually, the colour red. The title itself, Dracula, immediately makes it clear that this is about a vampire: everyone associated Dracula with gothic conventions and vampires. Even if you know next to nothing about the actual book, you’ve probably seen images from the various film adaptations over the years.

CHARACTERS.

The characters were infuriating, and I hated Dracula for a long time precisely because of this. It wasn’t until we began to start analysing Dracula that I read an essay arguing this was intentional: Dracula is supposed to be “anti-realistic”, the essay suggested, because this adds to the horror. The reader can see the characters are being stupid and making bad choices but are powerless to stop them. With this reflection, I can understand why the characters seem incapable of stopping their ‘vulnerable women’ from becoming vampires – Dracula is the kind of text you have to unpick to like because on a surface level, everyone is useless and none of it is believable.

PLOT.

I found it difficult to force my way from Dracula the first time around. The plot takes a long time for anything to really happen – despite this, it is still a book you need to reread to get the best experience as a lot of the newspaper clippings and diary entries don’t make sense in the larger picture until you know what is happening. It also features a giant amount of unreliability from all the characters, and characters with several name changes, so the first reading can be confusing.

THEMES & ANALYSIS.

For me, Dracula becomes interesting when we look at it from a psychoanalytical perspective. What this means is looking at how unconscious desires are explored through the medium of books: in this case, unconscious desires around hunger – both literal (eating) and metaphorical (sexual desires).

It is also super interesting to look at the various things vampirism has been used as a metaphor for across the film adaptations, ranging from discussing femininity and the unconventional ‘New Women’ of the time who were demonised and dehumanised, to discussing invaders from a foreign land (especially as immigration is still such a hot topic), to comparing vampirism to AIDS. As I talked about in my essay on Dracula, the metaphor of an actual supernatural threat for any group of people is problematic to say the least, but it reflects how society demonises specific identities – the LGBT community, women and immigrants to name just a few.

OVERALL.

I’m giving Dracula a rating of 2.5* – this isn’t to say I didn’t like it or I won’t talk about it, but had I read it on my own I wouldn’t have thought much of it at all. I think Dracula is definitely a product of its time, but the main reason I’m marking it down so harshly was due to the ending; after pages and pages discussing morals and ethics about vampires and what it means to be human, nothing… particularly happens… the great evil is supposedly defeated but we never really get told anything for definite. So, in conclusion: Dracula is interesting, may even fun, to analyse – but not great to read.

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