If 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?
I 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 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?
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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?
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