my last post, I'm currently doing a round up on the blog of the books, films and tunes I've been enjoying over the last six months. Take my hand, because today imma walk you through some damn fine bundles of paper.
After finally having read The Virgin Suicides last year, I was chomping at the bit to start another Eugenides (and what a great surname, right?) in January. When I started Middlesex, I had no idea what it was going to be about. And that is my top tip for you. This book is best enjoyed when you've not even read the summary on the back of the book. And since it's such a big honker, once you've read those 560 pages, you'll feel mega accomplished. So what is "Middlesex"? A place? Is it about sex? I don't knowww; you have to reeeeead iiiiit.
Another thing that seems ages ago is my holiday to the Canary Islands with Rosianna. God, how March seems like a lifetime ago. I took The Martian along as my beach read. It is very rare that a book will make me genuinely laugh out loud but this book was written for my sense of humour. Potato humour. Disco humour. Because I tend to read serious or bleak books (see below my Richard Yates binge), this was such a pleasant surprise. Easy read, funny read--you'll love it.
I've been wanting to see Revolutionary Road with Leo and Kate forever and since I'm a stickler for reading to watch, I borrowed Rosi's collection of Richard Yates works. And I fell in love. I was only planning on reading Revolutionary Road but I adored the style of writing so much that I read the two other short novels included as well. I wanna say Easter Parade was my favourite but truly they were all fantastic and now I am hungry to devour the rest of his works and his biography and count me a fangirl.
The final book I want to share with you is risky because it's one I haven't finished! I got The Goldfinch as a part of my London Independent Booksellers Week bookshop crawl winnings (I made a video!). I'm about 3/4 of the way through and it's just been great. It sort of reminds me of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close except it does not try to be as poignant and it is a little more adult. It's one of those books that sucks you out of your present into its world and yeah--I'm really liking it. Hope the ending doesn't disappoint me, heh.
[Honourable mention goes to audiobooks. I never thought I would read Hemmingway's The Old Man and the Sea because I always found the act of reading it so goddamned boring. But I found a version of Donald Sutherland(!) narrating it and it proved to be just the trick. Same deal for Mrs Dalloway. If I did not have the audiobook to switch between reading, it would not have happened. Sadly no Sutherland there though.]
I always love a good book recommendation. What's been the best book you read over the past six months? You can also send me recommendations on Goodreads if you are fancy like that. Ta!