A post by Kate Lomas Glendenning

Lord of the Flies, William Golding

My first experience of Golding’s Lord of the Flies was a short film clip in my 8th grade Society and Environment class, and I found it extremely disturbing. Since then, I have never sought out Golding’s book; however, a couple of months ago a copy of Golding’s book was gifted to me with a beautiful inscription, revealing that this book was the gifter’s favourite as a child, so I opened the book. What I have read in the first few chapters shows Golding knows how to capture complex characters. Despite knowing how the story ends (blame my S&E teacher for that), I’m intrigued to find out how the character’s end up making the choices they made.

Tales of the Unexpected, Roald Dahl

Dahl’s Revolting Rhyme’s was a favourite book of mine as a child, and his Tales of the Unexpected is a favourite of mine as an (considered by law but not in spirit) adult. I love reaching over to my nightstand and picking up a collection of short stories; they are the perfect treat at the end of a long day – several pages, a quick read, to give me a complete story.  Each of Dahl’s stories (as the title suggests) comes with unexpected thrilling and shocking twists, which leaves me eager to read another and another and – well, I’m sure all book lovers understand the addiction for more. If you can control yourself, one of his stories is perfect before bed, or reading the whole thing till the wee hours of the morning is another technique.

The Painted Veil, W. Somerset Maugham

Whilst scanning the shelves at my university, I came across W. Somerset Maugham’s The Painted Veil. I confess, it’s a book I’ve read before many years ago; however, I barely remember the plot, and decided to reacquaint myself with it. The opening does not disappoint; Maugham dives into the thick of the action by opening with the protagonist, Kitty, about to be walked in on by her husband, Walter, whilst in the midst of an affair. I find the sincerity and complexity of each character intriguing – none are without their faults as it is revealed. As the novel progresses, the backstory of why Kitty married Walter is revealed, whilst they head into the midst of China’s cholera epidemic. Kitty is a tough narrator to sympathise with, but her honesty about her faults captivated me.  

To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf

“Read it. Read it. Read it.” I’m sure many avid readers have been pestered in a similar manner to read a particular book. Upon hearing that I have never read Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, I heard the dreaded: “I can’t believe you’ve never read it.” Their disdain echoed in my head as I hunted through the library for a book to read, so decided to check out a copy of Woolf’s book. Now the book sits on my bedside table, tattered and well loved by many (in appearances), and beckoning for me to join the masses that have read it. Part One: The Window….

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