Bookshelf of August
This has been a busy month for me, since I’ve started new job, which keeps me well occupied for most of the week, but still I have found time for morning reading hour, so that I can suggest you guys what to pick up. There were still some lazy hot days, which are slowly about to end- the school is due tomorrow for some of you and the exams period is also in a full boom. Luckily I don’t have to put up with this kind of stress, but I still have to write my diploma- soon…is what I keep telling my mom.
I was particularly impressed with one book this month, which I also intend to buy (but I’m still collecting other ideas, because I’m gonna make an order in UK) and although I rather read classic fictional novels, which take me into different time and place, I’ve really liked this one and I strongly recommend it to everyone:
- Gretchen Rubin, »The Happiness Project«: Well situated woman in middle age (don’t think of middle age crisis right away!) decides that she could be happier despite successful career and family, if she would focus on small stuff. Book reminds on Gilbert’s well known »Eat, pray, love«, but it is adjusted for all of us who don’t have the time, money or guts to spent a year abroad finding our inner joy. Gretchen dedicated a whole year for this personal project, each month focusing on different parts of her life- energy, marriage, kids, career, free time, friends, spirituality,… Her advices and tasks are practical and make sense, though we have to establish our own goals for finding our own happiness. The book was huge inspiration for me and it reminded me on what to be thankful for and on what things to work on- like FINALLY join a book club or even rather set up my own! Anyone?
- Roald Dahl, »Someone Like You«: I have a thing for Dahl’s books, not one of them has ever dissapointed me (Mathilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory- classics!). This one is collection of unrelated stories- great variety of characters and places and events, which are connected only through dark humor, typical for Dahl’s adult fiction. We meet a wife, killing her husband with lamb shank for leaving her; a disgusting wine taster and broke dealer, who make a crazy bet or a man who is in life danger for having tattoo by famous painter. Books is full of bizarre turnings and everything is so well described that it comes to life.
- Elizabeth Haynes, »Into The Darkest Corner«: Two parallel stories by the same person, which we soon realize, but of completely different habits. What happened to Kate? What make her turn from chatty, lively, sexy woman into paranoid person with strong obsessive-compulsive disorder? I will tell no more, because I would spoil everything. But great read, we get to learn about serious problem, which a lot of people deal with in real life, but we can’t notice at first sight.
- Carlos Ruiz Zafon, »The Prisoner of Heaven«: Third book in Zafon’s collection The Cemetery of Forgotten Books in now focusing on story of character from previous books Fermin Romero de Torres. His past is full of shadows and mysteries which slowly come out so that Fermin can own his identity. The story is multi-layered, maybe even too much complicated and incredible, which is purpose of Zafon’s criminal books. I find more interest in his description of Barcelona, which is known today as vivid city, full of party, sun and relaxation. Zafon’s Barcelona in time of Franco’s regime is totally different- dark, threatening and scary. Recommended for rainy days.
For previous book post click HERE.
- Gretchen Rubin, »Načrt za srečo«: Preskrbljena ženska v srednjih letih (ne pomislite takoj na krizo srednjih let!), z urejeno družino in kariero se zave, da bi lahko bila veliko bolj zadovoljna s seboj in svojim življenjem, če bi posvetila pozornost majhnim stvarem. Knjiga, ki te s preprostimi napotki navdahne, da se tudi sam posvetiš iskanju svoje sreče. Primerno za vse, ki nimate dovolj časa, denarja ali energije, da bi se odpravili na enoletno potovanje po svetu kot Gilbertova v romanu Eat, Pray, Love (tudi toplo priporočam, ampak najbrž ste ga že vsi imeli v rokah).
- Roald Dahl, »Takšen kot ti«: Serija kratkih zgodb, katerim skupen je črni humor in nepredvideni preobrati v dogajanju. Dahlova pripoved, ki je kot vedno brezhibna, obudi like s podrobnim opisom karakteristik k življenju.
- Elizabeth Haynes, »V najtemnejšem kotu«: Paralelna pripoved, ki ju govori ista ženska, a s povsem drugačnimi značilnostmi. Nekaj se je zgodilo Kate, da se je spremenila iz energične mladenke v postarano žensko z obsesivno kompulzivno motnjo.
- Carlos Ruiz Zafon, »Ujetnik nebes«: Tretja v Zafonovi zbirki se tokrat osredotoča na zgodbo lika iz prejšnjih knjig Fermina Torresa. Bolj kot zgodba, ki je polna grozot in neverjetnih zasukov, je zanimiv opis Barcelone, ki je v pisateljevih besedah mračna, grozljiva in povsem drugačna kot jo poznamo danes.