August 2015 – Quick Reviews
The past month has been great for reading, and I’ve gotten through several excellent and important books.
The Constant Princess (The Tudor Court Series) by Philippa Gregory: Enjoyable enough if you like historical fiction (which I do).
How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers by Toni Bernhard: Highly recommended to everyone dealing with a chronic illness or pain – full of useful tools to cope. Written from a Buddhist perspective, but I’d highly recommend it regardless of your beliefs. (Full review)
The Giddy Death of the Gays and the Strange Demise of the Straights by Redfern Jon Barrett: I’ve previously reviewed Forget Yourself, and I loved The Giddy Death of the Gays and the Strange Demise of the Straights. Barrett does not only have an especially gorgeous way of putting words together, he also writes about thought-provoking and important topics, for example the possibility of being romantically attracted to people you aren’t sexually attracted to, as well as polyamorous relationships. Highly recommmended (full review to follow).
Not a Star by Nick Hornby: This short novella was a disappointment for me. While finding out your son is a porn star could’ve been interesting, I never got to care about any of the characters.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising by Marie Kondo: I was late to the party, but like most other people I really enjoyed reading about the KonMari method. Yes, you do have to take certain parts of the book with a grain of salt, but it is incredibly thought-provoking and inspirational. Highly recommended.
Never Too Late: Your Roadmap to Reinvention (without getting lost along the way) by Claire Cook: Never Too Late is okay, although I didn’t find much new information here.
Life Below Stairs: True Lives of Edwardian Servants by Alison Maloney: Clearly marketed towards the fans of Downton Abbey (among which I include myself). Life Below Stairs is a fairly short, but enjoyable read and I recommend it those who are interested in Edwardian history.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot: One of the best books I have read this year. The story of Henrietta Lacks, and the cells they took from her (better known as HeLa cells) is important to know and rises important questions around consent and ethics in research, but also around racial inequality and poverty. Full review here, but if you haven’t already you need to read this book.
As always, I’m linking up with Modern Mrs Darcy.
What have you been reading lately?
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