We love books. We’ve said so on many many occasions. But we don’t just like the way they look and how they’re arranged and what they’re put on and all the art you can make from them. We actually like reading them too!
We’ve decided to share with you, every now and then, the books we’ve recently read- the good, the bad and the embarrassing. 🙂 (PS- Our reviews are by no means professional)
The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine – In my opinion, this is purely beach reading. I tried reading it when I was in Bombay and I just couldn’t get past the first five pages. On vacation though, it got ten times more interesting.
Fifty Shades Freed by E L James – I lost track of how long it took me to finish this book. It’s the last of the Fifty Shades series and MY GOD I just wanted it to end. This series is by no means great literature- anyone could count the number of times words are repeated and scenes are replayed. The first book was at least entertaining. The second is alright and the third just loses the plot. It’s overly dramatic, not very raunchy and not very romantic. You want to punch Christian Grey in the face for being so moody (he’s not even particularly compelling in the risqué bedroom scenes anymore) and Anastasia, whom I quite liked in the first book, becomes tedious and makes increasingly baffling decisions. My advice- read the first one and then ask me what happens.
The Book of Clouds by Chloe Aridjis – The opening passages of this book literally gave me chills. It’s one of the best openings I’ve ever read. Set in Berlin in 2007, Tatiana, begins transcribing notes for a hermitic historian and slowly her quiet, lonely world becomes clouded (please excuse the pun) by meteorologist Jonas, a Xolo named Murci and by her imagination. She’s pessimistic in a way that reminds me of myself and so I was especially drawn to it. This book was quite simply, a dream.
The Dinner by Herman Koch – How Far Would You Go To Protect The Ones You Love? reads the tagline. Paul, the narrator, his wife, brother and brother’s wife go to dinner to discuss a horrible act only they know their children have committed. The book deals with several things- morals, values, nature vs. nurture, parenting, to name a few and by the end you will definitely be alarmed, as much by the kids as by the adults. (It would definitely be great for book club discussions) But the book takes several shortcuts and I was left, at the end, wanting a whole lot more. The one thing I really enjoyed though, was the hilarious description of pretentious restaurant culture and food.
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon – I’ve read this book several times since Maggie sent it to me a few months ago. We really love Austin here on nsf so we’re a bit biased, but this book is full of inspiring words and great doodles and will make you want to make and create as soon as you set it down.
It really is!