I feel like it took me while to get to this post…I read a few books that took me way longer to read than expected! It’s getting close to the end of the year which means I need to get going to reach my reading goal. Here we have the latest crop of books I’ve read. Hopefully this post can inspire you to read more or find some new books to add to your list!
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
Feels like an eternity ago that I read this book, so let’s see if I can remember it. The Sheltering Sky is one of those books I heard about a long time ago (I think on an episode of This American Life) and I added it to my “To Read” list, but didn’t get to it right away. I found a copy at my local used book store. This is the story of a man, his wife, and their friend traveling through Africa. It was okay, I think if you’re really into literature it’s worth a read, but it is by no means a quick, simple read. There are themes of love, friendship, alienation, life….ect. It’s the kind of book you love or you don’t get. I’m still not sure where I fall.
Beauty by Lauren Conrad
I did a full post about Beauty because this is a beauty blog after all! I wanted to read a few of the popular beauty guides that are out there, and I’ve always loved Lauren Conrad so I picked this one up (also from a used book store). This is a great beginners guide to make up and hair, but isn’t really necessary if you’re someone who already knows about the put make up on. It would make a great gift for a teenager just getting into make up.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
I’m a little behind in my reading goal, and I blame The Goldfinch. It took me forever to read this! It’s 771 pages….that’s for sure the longest book I’ve ever read. Luckily, author Donna Tartt kept me interested the whole time. Here we have the story of a young boy who loses his mother in a terrorist attack on the Met Museum (Ahh!). We follow him through high school and into adulthood where he clearly has never gotten over the death of his mother and is terrible at dealing with it. ‘The Goldfinch’ refers to a small painting of a goldfinch he takes after the bombing at the museum. I felt very engrossed in the story at some parts, but felt like it did drag on a bit. Some passages could definitely have been edited out. I’d definitely recommend the story just get reading to be reading it for a month.
Deluxe by Dana Thomas
I don’t really mention it, but I actually work in a library. When books are getting old, and just aren’t popular reads anymore we get rid of them to make room for new books. The book Deluxe was one of those books. This is a non-fiction book about the truth behind the luxury fashion industry. While the book is a bit out of date (2007, right before the stock market crash) and has a number of grammatical errors, I’ve learned SO much from it. The moral of the story? Don’t buy luxury goods. They are cheaply made, a huge rip off, and you’re just buying into exactly what these big businesses want you to do. Plus so much more.
7 more books till I hit my reading goal for the year. Let’s hope I can do it!