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Elms

Elms@bookwyrm.social

Joined 1 year, 4 months ago

I'm a 25 year old Forensic Psychology student and mum of 1 who also works full time. I've recently gotten back into reading regularly after a very very long break (6 years) partially to get back into one of my all time favourite hobbies and partially to have something to look forward to at the end of the day by losing myself inside someone else's story.

I've set a goal to read a minimum of 50 books in 2023.

Books read in 2023: 4/50

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Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita (Paperback, 1997, Random House, Inc.) 4 stars

Lolita is a 1955 novel written by Russian-American novelist Vladimir Nabokov. The novel is notable …

Lolita is a deeply disturbing read. Not because there is any disgusting descriptions of the sexual escapades of 30-something year old Humbert Humbert and 12/13/14 year old Delores Haze, but because of the subject matter. This book is beautifully written, full of insinuations and metaphors. Humbert's viewpoint casts a rose-tinted glow on a pedophile's illicit desires, impluses and actions towards his teenage step-daughter. I found this book at times hard to follow, as Humbert and Dolly travel place-to-place, the introduction of new characters does get lost on me and the sheer amount of descriptive language piled into this novel can cause confusion regarding what is actually happening in the story. But, there's no denying that this is an impressive feat of literature that casts a dreamy light (thanks to the unreliable narrator himself) on a monster's predilections.

Bella Mackie: How to Kill Your Family (Hardcover, 2021, The Borough Press) 4 stars

Content warning Spoilers! TW/ Murder

Patti Smith: Just kids (2010, Ecco) 4 stars

In this memoir, singer-songwriter Patti Smith shares tales of New York City : the denizens …

Just Kids was Patti Smith keeping her promise to her long-term boyfriend and lifelong best friend, Robert Mapplethorpe. This book completely stunned me and left me nostalgically longing for a space in time I'd never even experienced. We follow Patti as she moves from her small town to the big city. We read tales of her being homeless on the streets of New York city, starving and searching desperately for work. We witness the relationship with Robert unfold and bloom into something truely beautiful. Two starving actors, living off each others presence and the desire, the need to create. We drink in the tales of 1970's New York and the art scene and their individual rises to fame told all through Patti's beautifully poetic lens. Their relationship crashes due to Robert's repression surrounding his homosexuality culminating in Patti travelling. Upon her return they re-unite and promise to one-another that they …

Jennette McCurdy: I'm Glad My Mom Died (Paperback, 2022, Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Publishing) 4 stars

A heartbreaking and hilarious memoir by iCarly and Sam & Cat star Jennette McCurdy about …

Content warning Spoilers and TW/ Eating disorders, abuse