Hello and welcome to my September 2020 reading status!
A lot has happened in the past month, as we slowly transitioned from Summer to Autumn – preparation for much-awaited holiday, the 2-week holiday itself, and the return with batteries fully charged 🙂 It was a very fruitful vacation, both in terms of active relaxation and reading!
Since the previous reading status in August I finished 4 books – a personal record for 2020! And what an interesting blend: non-fiction, dystopia, murder mystery, and science fiction. Cheers to many more months like that!
I am reading “The Truants” by Kate Weinberg. It is a murder mystery involving four students and perhaps a teacher … does it sound familiar? At the moment is seems very similar to “The Secret History” by Donna Tartt and I am really curious to see whether that’s good or bad … I’m halfway through, still a lot of time to make up my mind.
First book finished was a non-fiction book – “Indistractable” by Nir Eyal. I usually do not enjoy reading self-development books … but “Indistractable” is from another Universe! The main theme of the book is how to manage distractions and learn to get back control of your focus. I fully recommend it, there are many practical tips and tricks but also conceptual topics to delve into!
The next book was a re-read – “1984” by George Orwell. I only remembered the main theme of the story (Big Brother-related), but I did not remember at all the actual happenings of the book. And I am happy I read again the classic “1984”, as its metaphors seemed to be very close to our current reality. Like a freezing cold shower.
This edition had an interesting Afterword section, where “1984” was compared to other 2 dystopian stories – “We” by Yevgeny Zamyantin and “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley.
As the holiday helped a lot to detach myself from the daily routine, I got even more enthusiastic about reading. Next was “Death on the Nile” by Agatha Christie – an immersive book that I read in only 2 days. I enjoyed a lot the murder mystery, and I kinda like Poirot – he is a witty guy, a bit drama queen but charming and effective!
Many thanks Many thanks to Diana from Thoughts on Papyrus who recommended me this book! It was a great choice as my first Agatha Christie book 🙂
Next was a book I heard of from one of Ariel Bissett’s videos – “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing” by Hank Green. This story was very different than the ones I usually read – it is set in the current times, characters use Youtube and Twitter, and there’s a strong SF component. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it a lot and I look forward to reading the sequel!
When it comes to not finished books, I started reading “To the Lighthouse” by Virginia Woolf … and I stopped reading it midway through. The book as a whole (story, narrative style, themes) was not matching my reading mood at that time and I felt frustrated as I struggled to understand it. That’s why I decided to put it away and maybe come back to it at another time.
Another book that I put aside for the moment is “The Golden Thread” by Kassia St. Clair. Despite the fact that I enjoyed a lot the theme, I feel that it is too heavy – maybe there are too many historic details, or maybe I am not in the appropriate state of mind to deeply dive in this topic. However, I would like to read some chapters from time to time, as I am interested in the whole topic of fabrics.
Right before the holiday I purchase some books, and now I am tempted to read some of the new additions 🙂 The next fiction book will most probably be “Swing Time” by Zadie Smith – a story about two girls who can tap dance. It seems that the books is inspired from the author’s love of tap dancing during her childhood.
The non-fiction pick is “The Art of Gathering” by Priya Parker. This is a book about how people meet and spend time together in different settings – with family, at work, in the community. I watched Parker’s TEDx video about how to turn everyday get-togethers into transformative gatherings and I was spellbound!
‘Till next time … happy reading!