Oh reading, how much do I like being known as the “deep and intellectual girl that reads”, as all my favourite characters growing up were, yet I doubt I read enough for that to be the truth… This year particularly, with the pandemic allowing me to work from home instead of having a solid 1h commute to read in the mornings, has made it extra hard. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy working in my pjs, but I have yet to figure out where reading fits in this new routine of mine (seriously, when do you read??). Having great books, that keep you coming back for more is the only way I have found to get some reading done, but as you will see bellow, the past months have been a bit of a mix when it comes to quality:
Call me by your Name
I think I am a bit late to the party when it comes to this book, but hey, better late than never, right? I am however proud to say that I resisted watching the movie before reading it, and that I am only slightly annoyed that the copy I got has the movie cover instead of the original (seriously, WHY do editorials do that).
I really enjoyed the book, it did a great job at transporting me to the Italian Tuscany, at making me feel like I could smell the ocean, feel the breeze in my head. And also a bit like I was a teenager during summer again, wondering what my friends or my crush is gonna do that evening, if we will meet or if it will be another boring evening of reading Twilight in bed.
The love story, however, felt a bit frustrating to me… took so long to start, half the book was only the anticipation of the main character, and then it ended so soon… WHY. However I guess the fact that I am upset that it wasn’t any longer, means it was good after all… So there you go, 4 stars. Would highly recommend as a summer read.
A long Petal of the Sea
This book started out so beautifully. It told the story of a family during the Spanish civil war and it was such an exciting read, during the first 50 pages it had me tearing up already! But then…
Then it tried to tell me too much, in too little time. It followed two families, the Spanish one emigrating to Chile and the Chilean one who they meet upon arrival. And when I say too much I mean: the spanish civil war, the fleeing of the country, the love affair, the conception of a bastard child, the reappearance of supposedly dead characters, the chilean revolution, the arrival to a concentration camp, the fleeing to Venezuela, the return to Spain, the return to Venezuela, the death of more beloved characters, the new love affair…
You get where I am going with this, right? Every new plot was interesting enough to take up an extra 50 pages, yet it lasted only 2. I felt I didn’t have enough time to fully understand the characters and like somehow the author was in a rush to reach the finish line. And hey, maybe I would have understood that, if the finish line was worth rushing for, but it ended up being completely anti-climatic and simply not worth the stress that was reading this book. It was my first Isabel Allende book, and as of now, I don’t think I am gonna be reading anymore.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Another big Title that I am a bit late to read. I read this book towards the end of September, watching the rain from my couch or sitting in a warm bath, and it was perfect for that.
It tells the story of a famous actriz in the golden times of Hollywood, and it completely transports you to that era, where everything was shiny and glamorous. It had me wanting to rewatch old movies with Marilyn Monroe and to go to fancy galas. I deals with love, ambition, homosexuality, success, and many many others. I would highly recommend it!
I recommended this book to my mother, and so far this year I have only recommended her 3 books, so that should tell you something. I loved the way Tara’s story is narrated, it made it feel so real (which I know it is, but it was hard for me to believe it was). It portrays a world so foreign to me, so accurately, I could relate to all the characters, even to the awful ones.
It tells the story of Tara, born into a Mormon family, with no medical records, no birth certificate, no formal education. It opened my eyes to a reality I didn’t even know existed, and brought me closer to that world, creating understanding instead of hate.
Without being a thriller, it had be turning pages like crazy, and left me with a bittersweet feeling when it was over, as only great books do.
A Black Englishman
It was interesting to read about India shortly before its independence from England. About its landscape, people and traditions… but that’s about it. If I am being honest I didn’t finish this book. I read about two thirds of it and decided I didn’t care too much about what happened to the main character.
It’s really hard for me to not feel like I have failed if I don’t finish a book, but I am trying to learn that it’s a success to make a wise use of my time. Anyone else out there with that struggle?
I am currently reading “I don’t know how she does it” and have “Girl, Woman, Other” waiting to be picked up next. I am also excited to get a copy of “The testaments” now that it has finally come out in paperback. What are you excited to read this fall?