Here’s my August wrap-up! I am particularly happy about this haul. It was the first month in a long time that I didn’t stick to a strict list and that I didn’t force myself to finish all the books I was reading by the end of the month.
I fell in love with David Lynch when I watched Blue Velvet for the first time. His world, filled with strangeness, deformity, eroticism, a peculiar beauty and love for the past, resonated with me, right away. Later, when I was living in London, I bought his book Catching the Big Fish that ended up inspiring me a lot.
Andava para ler um livro da Svetlana desde que ganhou o Prémio Nobel. Não sou uma leitora que procura ler todos os vencedores, mas fiquei muito intrigada com a natureza da obra da autora e jornalista bielorrussa. Quando vi a série Chernobyl e descobri que se serviram do livro Vozes de Chernobyl para a criarem, percebi que esta obra, publicada pela editora 2020 seria o meu ponto de partida.
A few months ago, I read Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud by Anne Helen Petersen and there was a chapter about women and literature, and more specifically, about Jennifer Weiner and her feud with Jonathan Franzen. That made me want to read one of her books to see how I felt about her work. When I saw that her latest one - Mrs. Everything - was coming out this Summer, I knew I had to read it! I didn’t really enjoy it, however.
What Red Was by Rosie Price was such a pleasant surprise. Crown Publishing pitched this book to me and, although the premise sounded interesting, I didn’t really know what to expect, especially because it focused on a difficult topic. But Rosie Price reminded me a bit of Sally Rooney and we all know how I feel about Rooney!
A couple of months ago, when I was looking up the upcoming releases, I felt extremely intrigued by We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib. I knew I had to read it. I wanted to understand what’s the journey like for a Muslim and queer person. And, I am so glad I read this book. Samra is such a brave and inspiring person and reading her memoir was such fulfilling and tender experience.