Recently I told you guys I want to write more lifestyle posts and voila, here they are! You might ask why I would include a reading list in a lifestyle category, but the answer is simple: I`m a nerd and bookworm (proud to admit it even), reading is a big part of my life. Because most of my posts are about beauty, I think most of you expect a Penny behind the screen, but the truth is I`m more of a Bernadette (The Big Bang Theory fans will get it), I even have the height and glasses to prove it.
I know a lot of people wrongly believe that if we write beauty posts we`re a bunch of morons, but we know better, right girls? Truth is, a lot of us love reading and have interests in many categories, so just because we have a little space where we share our love for makeup does not make us stupid and superficial. Anyway, as I stated above, I love reading and I try to read at least 3 books per month. So each month I`ll share my reading list with you and hopefully I`ll give you some nice recommendations.
1. Ian McEwan – Atonement
This is quite a rare thing, but I actually saw the movie (and fell in love with it) before reading the book. Normally I prefer reading the book first, but James McAvoy is my ultimate crush and I could not resist seeing him portray Robbie.
This book has everything, from romance to gripping war stories and an excellent insight into the human mind. Cecilia and Robbie`s love story is so strong and genuine, you can`t help but wish they will finally get their happy ending, despite the terrible things they had to endure. But my favourite part has to be Briony`s journey, I loved seeing her development, from a spoiled brat into a mature young lady. I don`t want to tell you more details because I really think you should read this book, it truly is amazing.
2. Andrea Dworkin – Heartbreak. The Political Memoir of a Feminist Militant
I am a proud feminist and I enjoy reading powerful political essays. This book is different, though, as it gives you a glimpse into the life of Andrea Dworkin, one of feminism most influential voices. She wrote a great number of feminist books, with fascinating themes and names. I`ll just name,, Pornography: Men Possessing Women“, ,, Intercourse“ or,, On the Continuing War Against Women“, to give you an idea.
This book tells the story of how Andrea turned into a college activist and later a role model for all feminists, but most important a human being that will condemn injustice whenever she sees it. A very personal and emotional story, worth reading even if you don`t consider yourself a feminist.
3. Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird
I am cheating a bit with this one, as I read it 3 years ago, in Romanian. But it became one of my favourite books, so I decided to read it in English as well.
The action takes place in the 30`s, in a small town in the South. What I love most about this book is that is written from a child`s point of view. Scout shows us her city and the unspoken laws of it, the small joys of family life and childhood. One of the themes of this book is racism and what better way of showing it than with the eyes of a kid whose beliefs have not been perverted by society. This is one of those great books that stays with you long after you read it, so give it a try.
So this is what I`ll read in my spare time. What books caught your attention lately?