As soon as September hits, I get in my “Back to School” mode (I will forever be a student at heart). This means I threw some more serious books in with my light and fluffy fiction, while although perfect for reading by the lake, may not exactly challenge me. During the “school year”, I like to read a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, some challenging and some not. This way I can both learn from and enjoy my reading. So here’s what I’ve been reading this past month.
(Also I do realize September is over, but with so much fall cooking and good recipes to post I kind of lost track of time)
The Marriage Plot
I love this book. However, if you need a good plot to drive your reading, this may not be the book for you. When I’m reading this I feel like I am experiencing the lives of the three Ivy League graduates as they start to find their way in the real world. . We have the English Literature major, the Biology major, and the Religious Studies majors. Seeing as I chose a very boring and practical degree, I love reading about the passion they have for their studies, and how they navigate life after graduation with no set career path.
I love throwing the odd YA novel into the mix. I always fly through them and they make me feel nostalgic for my high school days. I’m sure most people know this book, but if not, it’s a book by John Greene, author of the very famous “The Fault in our Stars”. This book was so cute, and it through a little air of mystery in there too, which definitely keeps the reader engaged. I also loved the overall themes, like how our personalities change, who we really are, and how many people do we let see this side of us.
5 Love Languages
Self help books are my biggest guilty pleasure. I like to think that I’m growing as a person and all that nonsense. This is probably the most popular book on relationships after “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus”. It basically just goes into to the different ways that people show love and how the meaningfulness of a gesture depends on the person. I liked this book because it was practical and wasn’t specific to just romantic relationships, but relates to family and friends as well.
I don’t know how to review this book without offending an entire group of people. This book was not for me. I actually had to give up on it, which I rarely do. When I picked it up the description implied it was a collection of funny essays from a feminist who loves pink and reads Vogue. Instead, it was the epitome of everything I dislike about feminism today. Yes, things haven’t always been fair. Perhaps I’m just naive, but isn’t it better to focus on how far we’ve come and how we’re going to keep kicking ass instead of dwelling on all the negative aspects?
After giving up on Bad Feminist, I decided I needed something a little more uplifting. So I picked up Cold Tangerines, Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature in Everyday Life. It is the first book by the author Shauna Niequist, a Christian writer from Chicago. I recently heard about her on one of my favourite podcasts, The Simple Show, and instantly became obsessed. This book is a compilation of stories from her life about family, friendship and love. It makes me feel like I’m chatting with a close friend, not reading. Why can’t all books be this happy and uplifting?