Under The Tuscan Sun – Book Review

under-the-tuscan-sun.jpgIf you’ve always dreamed of going to Italy, this book might make you incredibly jealous of Frances Mayes. Not only because she bought a beautiful house there but she was brave enough to do so. If you’ve never thought of going to Italy, this book will most likely inspire you to do so. Although a non-fiction memoir of Mayes’ experience of buying and restoring a house in Tuscany, it reads like fiction. Slow-paced, detailed but somewhat poetic writing style. I do wish it was edited down a little and organized in a more cohesive way like in little short stories. I think that there is way too much detail about the restoration process which I wasn’t expecting so I had to skip over quite a few chunks.

My rating: 2/5 stars

Have you read Under The Tuscan Sun? If so, what did you think about it?

The Bullet Journal Method – Book Review

the-bullet-journal-method.pngI love journaling. I’ve been doing it since at least 13 years old and I have kept the journals to prove it. When I went through those old journals, I realized that I’ve been bullet journaling alongside traditional journaling (like a diary) for almost 3 years. In 2019, it will be 4 years. I couldn’t believe it’s been that long.

The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll starts off with a history of how the Bullet Journal (BuJo) came to be, goes into how to use the BuJo and then why to use the BuJo. It goes into quite a bit of detail about bring meaning and intentionality into life. At times, it did feel like a stretch but I do agree that by reflecting or updating your journal daily helps bring you into the moment instead of just checking off your to-do list on autopilot. I agree that the BuJo is a tool that brings “a system into practice by helping us continually chipping away at what is unnecessary to reveal what is meaningful.”

Like most people, I thought it was just a way to organize your to-do list but after reading this book, I realized it could be so much more. I’m glad I read this book. It has inspired me to use it even more for my different goals.

Happy 2018 & December 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Happy New Year! As per usual, I’m writing about what I read in December 2017, finishing 3 books.

I decided to read The Hating Game by Sally Thorne after some recommendations from Booktubers. I thought since it’s a romantic contemporary, it’ll help me get out of the reading slump I was in. It’s about two co-workers who hate each other and find themselves competing for the same position. I thought the characters were well developed but the writing style left much to be desired. In the last few chapters, I found myself speed reading/skimming just to finish because of slow pacing.

Next, I read Blessings by Anna Quindlen, which I bought from a used bookstore for no other reasons except that I recognized the author. I had read her non-fiction book A Short Guide to a Happy Life a few years ago. I read this for the Readers Crossing reading challenge. Blessings is about a man fresh out of jail who gets a job as groundskeeper for an old lady who lives and owns Blessings, an estate. One morning he finds a newborn baby in a box on the doorstep of the house and the story goes on from there. I really liked the writing style and the characters. I really enjoyed reading this book and I recommend it.

Lastly, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, which I also read for the Readers Crossing challenge and I also purchased from the used bookstore at random. It’s a very amusing book about a geeky professor who is trying to find the perfect wife using a questionnaire he created. Sometimes the writing style was a little confusing and it takes a bit to get used to. Otherwise, I thought the characters were well developed especially the protagonist. I recommend this one.

Even though I read 76 books in 2017, my reading goal was to finish 50 books. Take a look at my favorite books of 2017. In 2018, I want to finish at least 50 books as well. I’m thinking of doing this 50 DIY Reading Challenges.

What is your reading goal form 2018?

Thanks for visiting my blog,
Nora

The Bluest Eye Book Review

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison is a historical fiction novel, that switches POV between Pecola Breedlove and Claudia (and her sister, Frieda). However, it’s mainly about Pecola Breedlove. I think it is a beautifully written novel, with poetic language. It’s not your typical story that follows a plot but goes back and forth and takes some getting used to. The character development for The Breedlove’s was especially on point. Although Pecola’s story is not a happy one, heinous in fact, I do recommend reading it. A timeless novel by a gifted author.

Have you read The Bluest Eye? If so, what did you think?

Thank you for visiting my blog,
Nora