Friday, June 23, 2017

books to read right now

Books are windows into the world.

Into different people's perspectives, their ways of thinking, their lives and experiences. I adore discovering other people's fantasies and fictions, exploring the world in so many new ways.

Storytelling is ancient. Reading taps into our collective consciousness, connecting you to the author, the characters and all who've shared the experience of reading that particular story.

To put it short, few things are better than a great book.

Here are some beautiful, interesting, and just fun books for you to read this week.

Ethan Robertso
The Virgin Suicides 
by Jeffrey Eugenides 

This wonderful book was made into a film by Sofia Coppola, whose films are always gorgeous pieces of art. I was introduced to the story though this film before discovering the written version. The Paris Review published a snippet of it recently, comparing it to a Greek myth, though the author apparently belives people only call it that because of his last name,

I disagree. The story is ethereal, graceful, poetic yet devastating. It is tragic and frustrating but while reading you are somehow soothed by the storytelling.

It's hard to explain. Read it.

Ideally while listening to:

bees & flower faerie dust
Hanging Out with the Lisbon Sisters

Léa Dubedout
The Dud Avocado
by Elaine Dundy

More modern that I'd expected for a "classic" published first in 1958, It starts out with the relatable story of an American girl who goes in search of adventure in Paris, but is made unique by the authentically out-of-place, wacky narrator. She is confident but makes mistakes, can be embarrassed yet exists without a care in the world, faces her desires but remains independent...

This book is a bit off-beat and strange, with some turns toward the end that were much more dramatic than I'd expected, but on the whole it is a marvelous read, perfect for these increasingly warmer days.

Read while listening to:

melange francais

The Namesake and Interpreter of Maladies
by Jhumpa Lahiri

When I started The Namesake I couldn't believe I hadn't read anything by Jhumpa Lahiri yet. When I mentioned the book on Instagram, neither could my cousin or a handful of my friends in India.

She is, quite simply, one of the best writers I have ever come across. She writes with a vivid grace that infuses the most uncomfortable situations with a sense of beauty and elegance, while hunting down the truth in her tales and pulling it to the surface.

These international tales will draw you into her novels and short stories in an instant- I've been reading these in the bath lately and on several occasions I've looked up to realize that I'm not in India after all and my toes have grown wrinkled.

Lahiri really focuses on concepts of family and tradition, at home and across the world, and describes with detail the challenges that ride hand-in-hand with finding, building, or returning to a home.

Read while listening to:

nothing. Sit outside or in the bath, You'll be too absorbed to hear the music anyway.

My Year of Running Dangerously
by Tom Foreman

Last but not least, I recommend this book to anyone, runner or no. Foreman is a hilarious writer in a self-deprecating and honest way. This book follows his journey from older, out-of-shape dad to marathoner and, eventually, ultramathoner. He describes the joys and pains of running, the struggle of combining his job with runs that take several hours, and the effect his running has on his family.

It's a wonderful story, honest and, though not perfect, ultimately heart-warming. A good read for runners and non-runners alike.

Read while listening to:

the sound of eggs frying in a pan. Again, not a good book to listen to music with, but a great one to eat during/after breakfast on a weekend.

Happy reading!

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