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!
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5 thoughts on “What I’m reading in September 2020”
I reread 1984 a while ago and found it very interesting! I had also forgot many of the details in favor of the main theme. Also I forgot the excerpts from the fictional book…
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This type of experience connects to the quote “People will forget what you said, but will not forget how you made them feel”. In my case it is the same with books – after a long time I remember how I felt when I read the book even if I do not remember the content itself 🙂
That is a lot of reading! I am in awe! I wish I was reading this much! Though I’ve sworn off self-improvement books for a while, Indistractable sounds interesting!
I was also surprised by the number of books – it was an exceptional month, very different than the others 🙂
You should try Indistractable! In addition to reading the book I also subscribed to the author’s newsletter, and I like his recommendations so far https://www.nirandfar.com/indistractable/
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Thanks for the link 🙂