On The Shelf

To attempt to keep some semblance of order amongst the madness, here is a list of books I have reviewed, along with links to the post:


The Beach – Alex Garland

Beaucoup bad shit, too beaucoup

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

We’re All Mad Here

Men Without Women – Ernest Hemingway

‘I feel fine.’


The Beautiful and Damned – F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Craving for Romance

April Fool’s Day – Bryce Courtenay

It needs a lot of love

Breakfast At Tiffany’s – Truman Capote

Mille Tendresses

Kingdom of Fear – Hunter S. Thompson

Prepare for the Weirdness

Cannery Row – John Steinbeck

a habit, a nostalgia, a dream

Down and Out in Paris and London – George Orwell

That is a beginning

The Tent – Margaret Atwood

The Newly Conscious Young


Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne

A Man of Heart

The Enchanted Wood – Enid Blyton

What An Adventure

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid – Bill Bryson

We Were Happy People

How to be Idle – Tom Hodgkinson

A Loafer’s Manifesto

High Fidelity – Nick Hornby

A Modern Day Romance

Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain

The Culinary Underbelly



  1. Helga Bolleter says

    Duh, I should never have clicked on your icon and found your blog. Now I can’t get my own work done – critiquing my fellow writers’ manuscripts with a devilish deadline – because I’m hooked to read your posts and look at your photos! Is this a conspiracy?

  2. Yes it is a conspiracy Helga! But don’t worry, it works both ways… it keeps me constantly distracted from uni work too 🙂

  3. I read The Beach in a day yesterday – fabulous read. Great recommendation. Thank you, Jayde.

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      • it is an amazing amazing book on the feminine and current feminism! the best part is the afterword! i suggest all ppl read it, who enjoy reading! inga muscio is a word weaver, and both “cunt” and “autobiography of a blue eyed devil” are good, but cunt is my favorite book in the world.
        i also suggest the red tent for a fiction, if you have not read it. it is a very interesting and historically accurate look at the life and times of the daughter of jacob in the old testament of the bible, but it is not shit. it is really good!

  5. M. R. says

    How could you POSSIBLY read anything else by Margaret Atwood and not “The Blind Assassin”?! I adjure you: read it! You will be happy. You may even forgive me for hectoring you.

    • I have read the Blind Assassin many times, as well as Oryx and Crake, The Handmaids Tale and more. In fact, they’re all on the bookshelf in front of me. just haven’t gotten around to reviewing them yet! 🙂

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