I recently finished Pachinko by Min Jin Lee - what an excellent book! If you love absorbing family sagas which follow the same characters over a long period of time, this is the book for you!
I really enjoyed this story, I liked the twists and turns of the narrative over the timespan of about 80 years, I liked the headstrong female characters and I liked discovering more about the historical context of the book, especially the fraught Korean-Japanese relationship in the 20th century which I’d had no idea about. I did think that the book rushed a few key moments (I won’t give any spoilers!) which was a shame as I didn’t feel as connected to the situations as a result. Nevertheless, this is a great book, full of determination, hardship and fierce family loyalty. It’s one of those books where the interior is just as good as the cover, and that makes me one happy reader 😌
4 months ago
Hello friends! It’s been a while since I did this, so I thought I’d give you an update on what I’ve been reading recently and my brief thoughts on each book:
The Farm by Joanne Ramos - I enjoyed this book and was pretty gripped by it, but overall it wasn’t as sinister or dystopian as I had expected and I found that a bit of a letdown. 3.5/5
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride - this was such a disappointing read for me! Partly fictional and partly historically accurate, I felt the book couldn’t quite work out what it was, and I felt the plot suffered as a result. I persevered with it only because I bought it during my time in the States, otherwise I would have left this unfinished. 2/5
Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag- I read this in a day and enjoyed it! It’s a quick read about a family dealing with newfound wealth in contemporary India. A very interesting look at family dynamics. 4/5
The Life of Death by Lucy Booth - I enjoyed the concept of this book and if you’re looking for a quick (and pretty dark) read, you’ll probably enjoy this. The author died from cancer after completing this book, and I think you can see traces of her thinking, and ultimately the unfairness of death, all over this book.
Ordinary People by Diana Evans - I adored this book! The characters are amazing and I found the prose so realistic. I’ll talk more about this book in another post, but suffice to say I loved it. 5/5
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid – This book is interesting, but it’s not the most enjoyable read. In theory, I’m very interesting in Hamid’s books, but after having read both Exit West and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, I just find his writing overly complicated and pretty obscure. Perhaps it would benefit from a slower read and study time, but I’m not convinced. 3/5
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys - Good lord this was a struggle for me! Again, maybe I need to study this book to really see its worth but I couldn’t wait to reach the end. 2/5
Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought of them!
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I recommended Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott to a friend the other day and it’s re-reminded me how much I loved this book. I read it earlier in the summer and was just obsessed by the scandal of the story and the glamour of the setting.
In other news, Majorca is gorgeous! I’m having the best time exploring super cute towns, reading, lounging by the pool and enjoying the sunshine ☀️
My reading companion for the evening💜
as domestic animals in the ancient world, snakes were watched closely to see what hints they might offer about the future.
They were kept in temples and cared for by the Priests & Priestesses.
The most prophetic snake was the python. This is because the original python, a massive snake putting even its modern African equivalent to shame, was a guardian of the center of the world, a place of huge oracular significance. Apollo eventually sought out Python, killed him, and took over the Oracle. This gave birth to the oracle of Delphi. The priestess who delivered the oracles was still called Pythia or “Pythoness“. #recommendedreading 📖 Ancient Magic by #philipmatyszak is a true piece of work. I deff suggest this book for those interested in Magic and it’s Historical roots. Greece and Rome had such a huge impact on Ceremonial Magic, Rituals, Necromancy and Witchcraft in the western world. This book offers techniques, tips and tricks for warding off the evil eye, protection, curse tablets, spirit communication and more. 📚 👁💀🔮 🐍
Deborah Levy is an undisputed master of the novel. She’s been shortlisted for the Booker several times over. Her writing is sparse, confident and incredibly clever. You get the sense that in another life she would have made a brilliant psychoanalyst. She’s my kind of writer. Her books are strange and dreamy, stacked with symbolism and multilayered. But this one - this one -is the bomb. There may not be smoke but there are plenty of mirrors and it would take a lifetime to unpack this box of tricks. Divided in two parts - split, broken, fractured, doubled - we first meet raven-haired, blue-eyed beauty Saul in 1988 as he heads off as a young man to East Germany as research for his study into the psychology of male tyrants. Brutality exists in his past with a Jewish mother, a brutal father and his bullying brother he calls Fat Matt. He’s fluid in his sexuality which causes tectonic reverbrations throughout his life and the lives of those he touches. The second part of the book sees Saul in hospital in 2016. The dates are significant, as they’re located on political fracture lines. There are car accidents, there are hallucinations, dreams and strange conversations. Reflections and fragments. There is regret and grief. There’s really nothing I can say about it that will do this book justice. It’s an incredible read, and I’m tempted to reread it all over again right now.
16 hours ago
Today, I completed “The Blind Concubine.” It was very good! I finished it in about 3 hours. It’s something very saddening to me, and it is like this:
A blind concubine lives in the cold palace (where concubines are sent after commuting a sin or offending the royal family). The blind concubine has a snow white cat. Day after day, year after year, he lives quietly in the courtyard of the cold palace. It is as if he has already been forgotten by the entire imperial palace. Until one day, the young emperor accidentally chances upon him and falls in love. But the source of the concubines blindness all links back to the palace... and the emperor himself. But what is it? Will it all disturb the concubines struggling yet peaceful life?
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16 hours ago
What are you reading this month? I’m almost finished with our November @badasswomensbookclub book (Dear Girls by @aliwong)(loving it!) I’m also reading bits and pieces of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters (recommended by @emiliearies when we were on the #bossedup podcast). And while in the car I’m listening to @thelindywest reading her newest (The Witches Are Coming). She read an excerpt at @theriveterco Summit - I had to hear her read the rest!
Book by: @benjinate 🐱
I bought this graphic novel on a second-hand store, so it was like a hidden treasure for me. I already knew the artist, @benjinate , and I was familiarized with the character Catboy.
This book is composed of small everyday stories: there’s no “big plot”, just cute and funny scenes that, sometimes, you can identify yourself with.
I really like Benji Nate style and my favorite part, without a doubt, is the clothes designs. I love the style that both characters have, in addition to the general aesthetic that the book emanates.
I recommend it if you are looking for a peaceful read, and if you like to admire character designs like me.
The second picture is me next to a @silversprocket promotional poster in San Francisco! ❤
Compré esta novela gráfica en una tienda de segunda mano, entonces fue como un tesoro oculto para mí. Ya conocía a la artista, @benjinate , y estaba familiarizada con el personaje de Catboy.
El libro está compuesto por pequeñas historietas cotidianas: no hay “una gran trama”, simplemente son escenas tiernas y divertidas, con las que a veces uno se puede sentir identificado/a.
Me gusta mucho el estilo de Benji Nate y mi parte favorita, sin lugar a duda, son los diseños de los atuendos. Amo el estilo que los dos personajes tienen, además de la estética general que emana el libro.
Lo recomiendo si estás buscando una lectura tranquila, y si te gusta admirar diseños de personajes como a mí.
La segunda foto soy yo en @silversprocket al lado de un cartel promocional en San Francisco! ❤
17 hours ago
🧡!!! An easy read that explores all skin types to encourage self-esteem and to celebrate the ways in which children are both unique and similar. Our boys love this one. Definitely recommend for all elementary classrooms.