Bookshelf Update

Howdy folks! I've been ploughing through my TBR list these past few weeks and I thought I'd share what I've been reading with you all. I usually keep track of what I've been reading using my Goodreads account, so if you use Goodreads, do add me as a friend! You can find my profile here. All of my mini-reviews are spoiler free, so scroll down to find out what I thought of my latest reads.

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
This book is a collection of essays tackling topics such as race and sexism in modern culture. The essay format makes each piece of writing short, sharp, to the point and they have a lot of impact. One of the essays that really got to me was a discussion of attitudes to sexual assault and abortions in the US. Some of the quotes that the author included, showing how horrifically modern day male politicians often speak about women, were truly eye opening. This is a must-read for anyone interested in feminism.

Momo by Michael Ende
Yes, this is a childrens book, and yes, it is one of the best things I've read in recent years. Although aimed at a much younger audience, this is an extremely powerful read. Originally written in German, it teaches the importance of listening, the importance of making time for others, and the importance of focussing on one task at a time, enjoying your work, and getting the job done. This book is beautifully written and utterly captivating. I would recommend it to anyone.

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Everyone has heard of the 17th century painting of the Girl with a Pearl Earring by renowned artist Vermeer. This novel follows the story of Griet, a young maidservant in Vermeer's house who ends up becoming the muse for her master's most famous work. You also experience Griet's troubled family life and her first dabbles in romance in the novel, and which of her love interests she ends up with in the end is really difficult to predict! A real page turner for lovers of historical fiction!

The Reader by Bernard Schlink
When walking home from school, young Michael suddenly falls ill and is looked after by a stranger, a woman named Hanna, who is old enough to be his mother. Upon his recovery, Michael goes to visit Hanna to thank her for her kindness. Hanna and Michael become lovers until one day, Hannah disappears without a trace. Years later, Michael encounters Hanna again - she is on trial for a shocking war crime. Michael figures out Hanna's secret but is it enough to save her? Read this and find out!

The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort
Live vicariously through a life of sex, drugs, million dollar mansions, and helicopter crashes in this autobiography of a real Wall Street tycoon. When reading this, it's sometimes hard to believe that anyone could actually live this way! The author takes you through his money laundering schemes, his drug addiction, and his eventual downfall. I found this really difficult to put down - if you enjoyed the Leonardo di Caprio film, you'll love the book as well!

Playing to the Gallery by Grayson Perry
What is art? How do you define an artist? What makes a piece of art "good" or "bad"? Whose judgements matter? This short book by an art-world insider aims to shed light on these questions and more. If you're an artist yourself, or if you've ever walked into an art gallery and thought "wtf?!", this is something that will interest you. I can't say this is a book that will stay with me forever, and I can't say I agree with everything the author writes, but it's an intriguing and thought provoking read.

What have you been reading lately? Are any of these books on your TBR list? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

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