Sunday, 1 March 2015

read and reviewed #10

I don't do new year's resolutions. Firstly because I know that if I did make any, I would break them within 24 hours and secondly, because I think if you want to do something so badly, surely you can just do it at any time of the year, no? Anyway, what I'm trying to get round to saying is that I don't do new years resolutions, but towards the end of last year I promised myself to make more time to turn off my laptop, put my phone on silent and read actual books. I've partly succeeded but Netflix putting all 10 seasons of Friends on Netflix in January put a real spanner in the works, I'm not going to lie to you. Are you bored of me yet? I am. Ok, enough. Here are some thoughts on my recently read books, enjoy..

White Teeth - Zadie Smith
This is a funny, witty, well written book about the lives of two life long friends - Bangladeshi Samad Iqbal and Englishman Archie Jones, and their families in London. Addressing hugely important topics such as religion, class, gender, culture and science, it's not a book you will devour in a couple of hours, but that you will appreciate over a week or two. Beautifully written by author Zadie Smith, who was just 24 years of age when it was published, the book deserves every single award it has been given. It is slightly over hyped with the ending not particularly setting the world on fire, but I do think whenever such fuss is made about a book or film etc, you expect it to be the most incredible thing ever created, and so therefore impossible expectations are placed upon it. If you want something a little different, but with incredible language and fantastic characters, this is for you.

Station Eleven - Emily St John Mandel
I'd heard so much about this book, so when my cousin offered me her copy to read I was excited to see what the fuss was about. It's quite difficult to get into in my opinion and for a while, I really didn't 'get' it but after about 100 pages, I was completely hooked. Based on a pandemic which wiped out almost all of humanity, it makes you really think about the world we currently live in, and without meaning to sound cringey, it makes you appreciate it so much. There aren't many books which make you stop reading, sit back and think but this really did. 

3 quotes I loved from this book were:

“First we only want to be seen, but once we’re seen, that’s not enough anymore. After that, we want to be remembered.” 

“You walk into a room and flip a switch and the room fills with light. You leave your garbage in bags on the curbside, and a truck comes and transports it to some invisible place. When you're in danger, you call for the police. Hot water pours from faucets. Lift a receiver or press a button on a telephone, and you can speak to anyone. All the information in the world is on the Internet, and the Internet is all around you, drifting through the air like pollen on a summer breeze. There is money, slips of paper that can be traded for anything: houses, boats, perfect teeth"

“I'm talking about these people who've ended up in one life instead of another and they are just so disappointed. Do you know what I mean? They've done what's expected of them."

The Last Anniversary - Lianne Moriarty
Lianne Moriarty never ever disappoints. Her writing style makes her novels so easy to read, constantly building tension so you never want to put it down. The Last Anniversary is centred around a group of people who live on Scribbly Gum island in Australia and a secret that is on the verge of being let slip, with the voice of the book changing from chapter to chapter. Eccentric characters albeit a slightly predictable end but great if you don't want anything too heavy or difficult to get into.

What have you read recently?

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