When I published my July reading list a few weeks back, I didn't know how ambitious my plan would become. Even if I'm a big reader and sometimes I'm able to go through 4 books in one week, this time I simply wasn't able to squeeze enough reading time into my schedule. But I'm more than determined to change this in the weeks to come! I still managed to read through Jonah Lehrer's Imagine and Emma Donoghue's Room and I enjoyed both of them very much.
Imagine is an amazing insight and study of the creative process. It speaks about brain and its functions a lot, but in a very simple and comprehensive way. I learned a lot about the creativity, the ways to stimulate it and work with it on everyday basis. What I loved most about this book is its claim that the creativity is not a "gift from God" to a happy few. We all can be creative in a multitude of ways and imagine and create the life we want. Very inspiring.
Room was a completely different story. It's written in a language of Jack, a five-year old boy, who is being held captive with his mom in a small room. He was born there, he never saw the outside world, his entire life is constructed inside this little space. When Jack and his mom finally escape their incarcerator, Jack feels completely lost because he doesn't understand a single thing about the world that surrounds him. I don't want to give away too many details of the plot, but I highly recommend this book: it has a unique, almost claustrophobic atmosphere, and it makes you think about a lot of things that we usually take for granted. It is definitely an exceptional story.
I'm taking all the other books into August, my Nook is not going to leave my side and these are the four more books I hope to finish reading before the end of summer. Don't forget to leave me a comment with your favorite books and the best book recommendations!
1. Lauren Conrad: Style. Lauren is hands down one of the most inspiring young women today. Her reality TV career nothwitstanding (I was definitely not impressed with The Hills and its petty stories), I've always admired Lauren's ability to turn her TV career into an amazing design one. There is seemingly nothing that this girl can't do: she designs clothes, blogs (The Beauty Department is a must!), writes fiction and lifestyle books and she has plans to make her own beauty line. Impressive, huh? And since I'm always on the lookout for inspiring advice, I'm definitely looking forward to finally (!) read this book about fashion and style.
2. M.L. Stedman: The light between oceans. This is a story about a couple living on a tiny island lost somewhere near Australia. Tom is a lighthouse keeper whose wife Isabel desperately wishes to have a child. After 2 miscarriages and one stillbirth they all but have given up on this hope, when a boat washes up onshore with a dead man and a living baby on. Isabel manages to convince Tom to keep the baby and claim it as their own. None of them knows that this decision will destroy several lives. Now this sounds like an amazing and riveting story. Plus, Oprah said this was the one book you must read before summer ends. And I definitely won't be the one to contradict Oprah!
3. Kaari Meng: The French-inspired home. I've had this fabulous little book at home forever, yet somehow I haven't managed to do more than just flip through its pages. I'm determined to change that immediately, since it's brimming with great ideas, diy projects and tons of tips on how to bring an amazing French style to your home decor. Needless to say, I'm going to try and make every single project in this book!
4. Emily Griffin: Something Borrowed. Jenna, one of my best blog friends, has been raving about Emily Griffin forever, and I feel that the time has come for me to discover this author. If Jenna is right (and she always is when it comes to books), I'm going to enjoy immensely this complicated love-friendship story. And have I mentioned that it's all going on on Manhattan? A must!