Wednesday, December 27, 2017

winter reads

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

1. Call me by your name by André Aciman

Call me by your name is probably a book you're familiar with. Or if you haven't read the book you have or probably will see the movie. It’s everywhere right now, and in my opinion, deserved. It’s a beautifully written story that will move you until the end.

Call me by your name is a coming-of-age story, a love story, a coming out story. But mostly it is a tale of adolescent sexual awakening. It is set in the 1980’s at the Italian Riviera. The narrator Elio tells the story from later vantage point, you can tell he is remembering old memories from the first sentence in the book: “Later. It’s the first thing I remember about him. And I can still hear it today: Later. I shut my eyes. Say the word. And I am back in Italy. So many years ago.” It tells you he is not in Italy now, and that young boy he was back then isn’t here anymore. We are taken back to this one summer the smart, nervous, naïve but bold Elio spent as a 17-year-old with his family in the Italian countryside. Every year his parents invite a house guest over who helps Elio’s father with work and to revise his manuscript. This year Oliver spends 6 weeks with them. He is a bold, confident 24-year-old American. Over the summer they develop a powerful romance. A romance that will mark them for a lifetime.
Neither Elio or Oliver appears to be homosexual at the start of the book. Even at the end of the book, you’re not sure whether they love man or woman. But the beautiful thing about this book is that it doesn’t matter. They don’t care. They develop this deep passionate love for each other as humans and that’s all that matters. They don’t know what is happening but also can’t resist it.
It’s a book filled with true passion.

But what really kills me is the end. It’s beautiful and devastating at the same time. It’s reality.

2. You are a badass by Jen Sincero

This book isn't fiction. It's a self-help book.

By the end of You Are a Badass, you'll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can't change, how to change what you don't love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.

I am the first one to admit that sometimes I am lost in life and don't know how to achieve my dreams. You're a badass feels like a therapist talking to you and giving you exercise on how to do things. This book will inspire you to do whatever it is you want to change so badly, but what you didn't know how to do before reading this book. It will make you realize things you weren't aware of. This is one book I marked and underlined important messages I wanted to remember. I never do this.

 3. Milk and honey by Rupi Kaur

Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry. It's split into four chapters: the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing. The pages of this poetry bundle are filled with true, vulnerable, pure and raw stories. It's something different to what I would normally read. But when you understand what kind of book it is, it's pretty beautiful. Me liking the book came to me as a surprise. First I was very confused, but I read it in one day because it just got me sucked in and I could not put it back down. The poetry is super simple but so relatable if you're someone who struggles in life.

4. Turtles all the way down by John Green

You might want to start a discussion were you decide I am too old to read these John Green teen fiction stories. But I like them for some reason. The fault in our stars really touched me. It wasn't anything out of the ordinary, but it was a beautiful first love story that I enjoyed, and I might have shed a tear... 

Turtles all the way down is a story that takes us to Indianapolis where a troubled teenager Aza Holmes decides she wants to search for this billionaire Russell Pickett together with her best friend Daisy. She hopes to receive the 100.000 dollar reward. During their adventures, Aza falls in love with Russell's son David. They relate to each other because they are both troubled kids. First, it seems like a typical book where they solve a mystery. But throughout the book, it becomes clear Green's focus isn't so much on the mystery but more on the teenage love story between the two. And mostly Aza's mental health. There is a twist, but not a thrillerish one: a twist in the telling, not of what is told. If you're a teen who isn't always sure about life, this book will maybe be something for you

5. The subtle art of not giving a fuck by Mark Manson

Mark Ronson, a blogger who wrote a book that is surprisingly incredibly inspiring, deeply philosophical and extremely clever. It' s a book that makes you aware of what is really important to you and learning to let go of everything else that doesn't matter. It's brutally honest and super funny. 

By the time you finish reading it, you’ll find yourself tingling with promise. The world suddenly seems brighter and lighter. You’ll feel free, and oddly, good, despite the shit sandwiches served throughout the book. And it won’t be the surface french fry kind of good that makes your body crave real nourishment, but the kind of home-cooked-goodness good that warms you from deep within, like you’ve just been served a hearty platter of a whole, raw, organic, unfiltered truth.

He encourages limiting concern over things that have little to no meaning or value in your life. Other self-help books overload you with cheap, feel-good highs that don't last and serves no practical purpose out in your daily life, Mark’s book takes you out of your delusions and denials, points at the pit you’re stuck in and forces you to not only look at the filth and dirt covering you but also to accept it.

6. Let it snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, Maureen Johnson

It's a compilation of holiday romances, it follows different characters but all the characters are related in some way or another what makes the book more pleasant to read. The book is split into three sections. The first one being written by Maureen called The Jubilee Express. Jubilee is meant to spent Christmas with her boyfriend, but her parents have an incident so she is shipped off to her grandparents with a train. A big blizzard hits the city and her train gets stuck. Here is where the story kicks off. The second part is written by John. In this part called A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle, we follow three groups of friends who are in a race to get to The waffle house so they can make out with cheerleaders who are stranded there. Finally the last part was written by Lauren is called: The Patron Saint of Pigs. It tells the story about Addie, who is a barista who cheated on her boyfriend so they have broken up.  Christmas Eve would have been their anniversary, but instead, she spends the night alone. Her friends tell her that she can be self-absorbed and doesn't think of others. 

At the end, you see how the characters come together and it's just this light, easy and happy story to read during the holiday season.

Also sorry if there are mistakes in this English text, I have exams right now and my brain has given up and everything is so much more difficult.


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