Monday, 17 August 2015

What I've Been Reading

For most of my life I have been an exceptionally prolific reader, but this changed a few years back. I had left London and no longer had a train or tube commute that would let me read en route to work. For a while I did have a long driving commute, during which I learned to love audiobooks (specifically those available through Audible). But for the most part over the past few years I've begun to spend my free time reading blogs and watching YouTube (or Netflix) in lieu of cracking open a good book.

When I realized that this made me incredibly sad, I made a mid-year resolution to get back to reading. A few months on and I am happy to report that I'm back in the swing of things and have read quite a few books that I would recommend. Here are my thoughts on a few of them:

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn: If you enjoyed Gone Girl, or even if you didn't, you must pick this up. It's one of the most compelling reads that I can remember—I read the entire thing within 2 days whilst on a trip to the Albanian Riviera with a couple of friends. I don't want to give anything away but the story revolves around a woman who was 7 years old when her family was slaughtered in their farm house by her older brother.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: I wasn't overly enthralled by the plot of this novel, but Adichie's observations on race in America and the different experiences of American blacks (most likely to be the descendants of slaves) versus those of non-American blacks were riveting. This book gets a strong recommend from me for that alone.

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari: This is a lighthearted, fun look at dating (and love) in the 21st century. The book contains a lot of statistics and figures to back up its claims and although I didn't learn anything earth shattering, it was a fun, beachy read.

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson: I'm always fascinated by anything to do with North Korea (or dictatorships in general), but normally I stick to the non-fiction genre. This novel was therefore a bit different for me, and it ended up being an incredibly interesting and insightful look into the absurdity—and danger—of life in North Korea, under the rule of Kim Jong Il. If you enjoyed 1984 at school, this would be right up your alley.

What books have you been reading lately? Currently I'm working my way through The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick, which I had hoped I would enjoy more than I do, and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

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