Recent Reads #4

4:20 pm

Note: I had definitely run out of surfaces to shoot on as I decided to wash every soft furnishing at the same time, so here are some books on my mattress. I think the check print is quite autumnal though, no?

Eat Pray Love - Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert's wildly popular memoir was something I'd intended to read for a long time, with a secondhand copy of it lying around on my shelves for about five years before I gave it a real go. My mum had nothing but praise for it upon finishing so I decided now was better than never. The book tells Liz's story as she travels the world after I guess what could be called an 'existential crisis' after a divorce and a failed passionate rebound. She begins in Italy, definitely my favourite part of the story, where she eats to her hearts content and focuses on the pleasures of life. I loved this part the most as it felt like this was the time where she was discovering the importance of treating herself and being her own best friend. Even though I loved the rest of the book too (praying in India, and 'love' in Indonesia), I felt less connected to the story, which is a shame as I felt very at one with Liz at the beginning, despite us having very little in common. Worth a read if you're interested in the idea of self-discovery. The film however, in a word, is bad.


The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

A painful tale of a young woman living in New York City undertaking a summer internship. The 'spirit of the age' (a phrase I dislike, but perfectly sums up what I'm trying to say) is really felt in Plath's words but I found myself still able to relate to the narrator's tribulations as she maneuvered the world as a 'new adult'. Her story is one of tragedy, mental illness, and the mistreatment of women, but one that desperately needs to be read by women and men alike. I can say I've never read anything like this before, but it's made me a true lover of Plath and eager to read her poetry, as The Bell Jar was her only novel.


Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro

This is one of those books where the less you know about it, the better, as you can take a journey of discovery along with the characters. The story is narrated by Cathy and covers her childhood in a boarding school of sorts with her friends Ruth and Tommy. An air of mystery surrounds the school and their upbringing as they're told they are 'different' and 'special', as if they are 'chosen ones'. Revelations upon revelations occur within this book and with every single one you're shocked, in awe, heartbroken, angry, any emotion you can name. It's such a beautiful read and, even thought I'm not a massive re-reader, one I would happily consume over and over again for its elegantly written phrases and the nostalgic images of childhood it creates. This was quick to shoot onto my list of favourite books, plus the film actually manages to transfer the story and atmosphere of the British countryside incredibly well onto the screen.


Definitely a successful round of reading in my opinion. There are a few more things I've read in the passing months that I'm looking forward to sharing with you, so watch this space! Also, please share with me any recommendations you have either based on what I've loved above, or just things you yourself have enjoyed.

M x

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