Hey guys! I thought it would be fun to write some mini-reviews from time to time, just so I can tell you about the books I read but didn’t get a full review on the blog. For example, non-fiction books, or super short books, or genres I don’t usually read or books I didn’t finish! (Because sometimes we need to just give up on them and keep living our lives!)
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this new review format! Here are some books I read last month and wanted to talk about:
I’ve been following Anna Akana’s Youtube channel
since I watched her video How to Put on Your Face
some years ago. (By the way, that’s not a makeup tutorial!). My boyfriend is also a fan of her comedy and we thought that getting her book might be a nice way to support her and her channel.
So Much I Want to Tell You was described on the back cover as a “collection of essays”, but I thought it felt more like a memoir (with a bit of advice). It was still interesting to read since I’ve been following Anna’s channel for a while, and I got to know her a little better!
I still feel like I wanted a bit more, though. Anna wrote this book as a letter to a sister that she lost to suicide, and even though it has some touching moments at the beginning, most of the book was a regular memoir.
I know! Don’t laugh! I confess I really need a pep talk from time to time or else I don’t feel motivated work on my personal projects. And this book offered exactly what I needed. It does have a bit of spiritual advice and some cheesy parts (I prefer to skip these parts!), but it also had the kind of advice I was looking for. Jen Sincero talks about the reasons we come up with excuses. And the kind of excuses that we might not notice we are making when working on personal projects. I think most of the things I learned from this book can be summarized in a couple of paragraphs, but what I liked the most was the pep talk anyway. I listened to it in audiobook format so it was like having a friend telling me I’m awesome (and giving me one or two tips)! Haha.
I got this book from my friend Hana (from Hana Book Review
). She sent it to me because she loved it and thought I might enjoy it too (thanks a lot, Hana!) I don’t read a lot of adult romance or women’s fiction (unless they’re classics / recommended to me), but I gave it a chance because Hana and I usually like the same books! And I had fun
! The story follows Paula, a woman who discovers her husband has been cheating on her. Since she feels (obviously) betrayed, Paula decides to make her husband fall back in love with her, so she can leave HIM. And since we humans are fans of petty revenge
… well, I found it interesting! I wasn’t really a fan of any of the characters since they’re all so vain and/or self-centered, but it was a nice way to change things up a little. It felt like watching a really long episode of a T.V. series (a drama, of course). Also, the narrator was really funny sometimes and there were some unexpected plot twists! I would say this is a perfect book to buy at the airport.
I have officially been trying to read this book for a year now, so it’s time to give up! I never, never in my life encountered a more boring book. This is a travel/memoir about buying a house in Italy and restoring it, while discovering new things in a foreign country or whatever. It sounds really charming to me! And I expected it to be slow paced and without a lot of action. I have read history books and biographies because I enjoy them. I don’t have a problem with books “without a plot”, but I swear my brain turns off every time I try to read this. It felt like reading the extremely long diary of a rich woman! It does have some beautiful descriptions of landscapes and food, and even some recipes. But it was too repetitive to want to read it all (in my opinion). It would be great to read fragments of the book as a short article on a blog or magazine. Also, since it had some pretty paragraphs I tried to listen to the audiobook, but I didn’t like the narrator :(. So, I give up! Life is too short to read boring books!
Many thanks to Blogging for Books
for sending me a copy of Under the Tuscan Sun so I could make a review.