One day into autumn and the crochet blankets have been
broken out already. The weather is perfect for blogging or reading, or blogging
I used to be a real book worm but since having a little lady
in my life I find it hard to stay awake through more that one chapter at a
time, because of that I have turned picky. Now I start a book and if I don’t
love it within the first few pages I give up. Good or bad it means that I only
read what I really enjoy and there are no more daVinci Codes in my life.
Here are a few books that have had me fighting off the
temptation to sneak page or two at red traffic lights and this is why;
- After watching the movie of Into The Wild I just
had to get the book, it is one of those amazing tales – it could be told by an
illiterate goat and it would still be fascinating. It’s not though, it’s told
beautifully, peppered with quotes by other amazing writers. A young man
finishes Uni, donates all his money and possessions to charity and sets off for
the adventure of a lifetime. This not a Vegas, gap year sort of adventure. It’s
a spiritual journey through the pristine Alaskan landscape. For me watching the
movie first just added to the awesomeness of the book, I had Eddie Vedder
singing in my head and visions of the Alaskan wilderness I’m not sure I would
have been able to create without seeing the movie first.
- The Happiest Refugee is truly the most heartwarming page-turner
I have ever read. I bought it for Pac Man last Christmas and read it cover to
cover in one sitting when I was supposed to be wrapping gifts. It is hilarious,
lovely and full of the most fantastic crazy characters. It’s amazing how the
tale of a Vietnamese asylum seeker who had so much hardship in his life could
be told in a way that is, at times, shoot-a-drink-out-your-nose-funny. I
laughed, I cried, I demanded that everyone I know read this book, now I demand
you do too.
- Short stories are a narcoleptic (or pregnant)
woman’s best friend. Vietnamese-Australian Nam Le’s The Boat isn’t
a page-turner, but it’s worth the work. The seven separate stories all focus on
a single character’s journey through a life changing experience. It’s
desperately sad at times, uncomfortably raw at others and so well written it
will make the hairs on the back of your head stand up. It’s no wonder it won
the Dylan Thomas Prize.
worry, A Short History of Tractors in the Ukrainian isn’t actually about
tractors. Well it is a bit but it is more about an elderly man who falls for a
younger, manipulative and at times full-fledged psychopathic woman. Because the
main characters are more caricature than anything else it isn’t a dark read at
all. It’s more of a rom-com gone wrong, complete with a giant woman who wears
pink fluffy stilettoes. It’ s not really like anything I have ever read before
and I’m glad I chose it out of the mountains of books in my parent’s spare
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Love your review of the book~ I love the book and the movie both, Chris mcandless was a kind of modern day Kerouac I think, fascinating guy but really tragic end.