BOOKS & FILMS

September in Books

October 1, 2016

One of my favourite things about life is reading. Knowing that in my life I will be able to continue to read good books and have the freedom to read as much as I possibly can, fills me with joy and excitement for the future. Basically, when I’m feeling low I have my books and poetry to protect me (as always, I love you Paul Simon).

Anyway, here are the books I read in September. Hopefully there are one or two cool suggestions for you!

 

September books

LACE – Shirley Conran

Okay, so I’m not really a chick-lit kind of girl at all. I haven’t found many chick-lit novels that I enjoyed or even read until the end, so I’m far from an expert on the subject. That being said, I came across LACE in the sale section at Bargain Books and something about the bright colours persuaded me to buy it. I’m so glad I did. LACE is in many ways a classic of chick-lit, a godmother of the whole genre which paved the way of success for many other novels of its kind.

It follows the lives of 5 women in total, four of who are close friends, and maps out the ways in which their worlds crisscross. It is full of crazy love affairs, beautiful fashion, international travel, glamour and even royalty. Seriously, this book is so much fun – it takes you on a rollercoaster ride of glitz and glamour. If you want a light, but engrossing, book to read this summer, LACE is my no.1 pick.

NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories

If you’re a NOFX fan or just feel like reading a fun music autobiography – this is definitely for you! Jean is a HUGE NOFX fan and that sort of rubbed off on me (their lyrics are surprisingly progressively feminist and I love it), so when we received our Takealot order there was quite a contest over who gets to read it first. In the end we decided to read it together – in other words, I read it out loud and Jean sipped coffee and closed his eyes while listening to my voice become increasingly hoarse.

This book is really well written – possibly the best written music “autobiography” I’ve come across so far (though I AM OZZY will always hold a special place in my heart) – and it was downright hilarious. There were so many moments in the book where I had to stop reading just to laugh or wipe away tears or stare at Jean completely shocked at what I’m reading. This book is certainly not for the easily offended or lily-liver’d folk – it is a crazy mess of stories, many of which are so outrageous it’s hard to imagine someone actually LIVED them.

All in all, it is an incredibly fun way to spend the weekend –particularly if you’re a fan of punk and the history of punk in America. If you’re completely new to NOFX, I would recommend listening to some of their songs or watching Backstage Passport before reading it. This book is definitely worth a read.

Slaughterhouse 5 – Kurt Vonnegut

What can be said about this book that hasn’t already been said? It is a masterpiece and definitely deserves the worldwide acclaim it has received since its publication. It’s actually quite hard to explain this book, or to put into words exactly what makes it so special, to someone who hasn’t read it, because there are so many facets to the story.

It is such a unique portrayal of war and the effects that the carnage of war can have on the human mind. The way in which Vonnegut writes is so simple and effective in its message, with so many layers of meaning behind the simplest sentences. This book is a treat.

Also, it totally brought me my next tattoo!

Slaughterhouse 5 gravestone

She’s Come Undone – Wally Lamb

I’m usually quite apprehensive about stories with a female protagonist written by a man, but Wally Lamb silenced my fears with this one. She’s Come Undone is the coming-of-age journey of Delores Price, an incredible though very frustrating character. Delores experienced more than a fair portion of pain and heartbreak, and her reactions to these incidents are often questionable. It’s a captivating, engrossing read and to be honest I catch myself thinking about Delores and her story while doing the dishes or folding clothes (and other habitual “mindless” sort of activities) all the time.

If you enjoyed White Oleander I might recommend this book to you, because it has the same devastating, bitter-sweet real-life feel to it, though the protagonists are very different. Definitely worth a read!

That’s it for September! Let me know if you end up reading any of the above & if you liked it!

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