Do you all love reading as much as I do? This monthly series is quickly becoming one of my favorites because it has really put the pressure on me (the good kind of pressure) to reignite one of my favorite past-times. I tried to pick a variety this month: one "think piece," if you will, one total guilty pleasure, and one non-fiction for work/life progress. Overall, it was a great mix and for the most part my expectations were completely surpassed. I really love it when that happens. :)
I felt like a read a lot this month but in reality I just read this book very slowly. Not because it was boring or hard to get through, but because I was just really savoring it. I hadn't read anything by Ishiguro before (like his award-winning novel, The Remains of the Day), but I'm now a devoted fan. I loved his use of imagery, every scene felt atmospheric, and thought he portrayed the complications of lifelong friendship really beautifully. The story centers around Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy, students at an exclusive (and very mysterious) English boarding school, as they try to uncover the intricacies of their fates. Overall, I found it hauntingly beautiful and can't wait to read more from Ishiguro.
You've likely already seen or read this New York Times Bestseller, which has floated around the blogosphere a lot in the past year. The cynic in me really didn't want to love a book that was found in the "Teen Romance" section of the library, but the truth is, I really did love it. I couldn't help it. It's a story of two misfit teenagers in the 80s (bonus points) who bond over reading The Watchmen (bonus) and listening to bands like the Smiths (bonus). So I admit I was pretty much sold from the get go, but what really got me was the way they spoke to each other and their many memorable lines as they tried to describe their overflowing teenage emotions. Just check out this Pinterest search and you'll see what I mean. Like I said, I went into it skeptical, but I read it in three days so what that says about my tastes, well I'll let you decide that. Overall, I thought it was just a very endearing and incredibly entertaining read.
The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One by Margaret Lobenstine
This book is almost a decade old, but I had seen it on some "must read" list for creatives, so I decided to check it out. It some ways I was disappointed, but I think that's just because I'd already gone through all of the soul-searching, purpose-finding angst for way longer than is typically recommended and finally feel that I'm mostly through that tunnel. Now, had I read this book back when I was on my 7th major at my 3rd college and could not for the life of me settle on one path, I think it would have been life-changing. While reading, I really took the time to go through the exercises and did find that they provided a little more clarity on my passions and life path. It kind of shed some new light on how to think about things, particularly in how to explain "what you do" when you're a little bit scattered (totally related to that). Overall, although this book wasn't life-changing for me now, I think it really could be for someone at the right time in their life.
Have you read any of these books? I'm dying to hear your thoughts on these and any books you've been loving lately!