#Reading in June
It’s that time of the month where I share what I have read: mainly books. I even made a video for you, which you will find below. Here we go…
The Enemy’s Cosmetique by Amélie Nothomb | The novel is entirely written in dialogue. It’s nerve-wracking. I wanted to throw the book away twice. The characters are so well developed, that you feel the full intensity of the dialogue that occurs in an airport. You get the sense of tiredness and rush from the place. But then you get annoyed by the characters, by their conversation. And for how the whole plot develops towards the end of the book. I loved it.
The Book of Proper Names by Amélie Nothomb | This one, on the other hand, I didn’t love at all. In fact I hated it. It has her idiosyncratic style. But neither the plot or the writing was interesting in this book. It’s about a young mother who kills her husband and commits suicide. Then, the daughter (aka Plectrude) is left with her aunt, whom is obsessed with her. The aunt wants Plectrude to become a professional Ballet dancer. She unconsciously forces her into becoming anorexic. She lives Plectrude’s life as if it was her second chance to be 12 years old. I felt nauseous throughout the entire book -but then again, probably the author wanted to cause that reaction.
Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type by Isabel Myers Briggs | Effective guide on understanding the 16 types in MBTI tests. Insightful and instructive. I’d recommend this book to everyone -not only to those professionals on HR departments- but also to all those people who are curious about human behavior. I’d even recommend it for 12 year old children.
I love how not only you can learn about yourself, but others as well. It’s a worthy tool to keep in mind when leading people or working with them. Understanding roles, types and tendencies might be more useful for your life more than you can think.
Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham | I’ve been obsessed with Lena in June. I started watching her TV show, GIRLS, and finished it the same week. Then I went on Youtube and saw her short film Tiny Furniture. I was happy to see a couple of actors from GIRLS there too.
However, the book was a little disappointing. I like Lena as an actress, scriptwriter and director. I don’t like her much as an author though. I guess I should’ve left more time in between the films and the book. The book itself it’s okay.
Aprendiendo a vivir by Clarice Lispector | She’s an incredible Brazilian author. In this book she shows her truest expression of herself. It’s a compilation of weekly columns that she used to write for a Brazilian newspaper as a journalist. There are other snippets of her own writings as well.
I love the publisher Siruela. I’d love to collect all their books and beautifully arrange them on my shelves.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding | It’s been years since I wanted to read this book. And now that I finally did, I have mixed feelings about it. It was ok-ish, cause I was not passionate about the writing nor the plot. And that was discouraging. It’s worth reading it: it’s easy to finish. I wished the author had been more playful towards the end as it could have been much more poignant. It was a nice little read, just not special for me.
Write What You Don’t Know Creative Non-Fiction
I, Pencil: An Ingenious Vintage Allegory… Brain Pickings
Can reading make you happier? New Yorker
- This teacher in particular also wrote about this in his personal blog. It’s insightful and worth reading: A personal account of how call out culture has harmed teaching White Hot Harlots.
- If you liked the previous article, follow the debate with a counterargument from a different teacher: Dear Liberal Professor, Students Aren’t The Problem Vitae
And you, what have you read in June? Any recommendation?