Hello, everyone! How are you today? I had a very pleasant day today, did some shopping in Oxford Circus and had lunch with my London bestie. It was actually nice and sunny outside and that always puts me in a good mood. But in the evenings, there`s nothing I love more than relaxing with a cup of tea and a good book. This month I have a really strange selection, from fantasy to politics and the confessions of a beauty guru.
- Haruki Murakami – Kafka on the Shore
It`s no secret that Haruki Murakami is my favourite author. I read all of his novels that were translated into Romanian and now I want to re-read them in English. For those of you who are not familiar with his work, Murakami is a master of magical realism. Whenever I read one of his novels, I get lost in the story. He touches themes like love, family, friendship, war, the degradation of humans. The story is divided into two plots, starring two different characters. There is the story of Kafka (he chooses this name) Tamura, a 15-year-old boy who runs away from home to avoid a dark prophecy and to find his estranged mother and sister. Then we have Nakata, a tracker of lost cats, a man that never recovered from a childhood affliction. Do these characters have something in common? Can Kafka escape the prophecy – that he will kill his father and have sex with his mother and sister? You should really read it, it`s my favourite Murakami novel after The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.
- Naomi Woolf – The End of America
I am only familiar with Naomi Woolf`s feminist work, but this sounded like a good read. While I was at Uni political theories was my favourite subject and in this book, she takes a look at fascism from a historical view and then shows how it emerged in America after September 11th. Now, I am not a fan of United State`s foreign policy and I hope that this book will show all of its flaws. I`m really curious to see if I`ll like it because I was mesmerised by The Beauty Myth, her other famous book.
- Tanya Burr – Love, Tanya
This year I am trying to be less of a book snob (my friends say it`s my worst trait) and try books that are not in my comfort zone (classics, philosophy, fantasy are my genre). I saw this on sale in Sainsbury, it was half price, and I decided to give it a try. The book presents chapters of her life, from childhood to present day, while also providing tips on fashion and beauty. I know a lot of people that follow Tanya are curious about this book, so I might review it in the future.
So this is my April Reading List. Have you read any of these books? What are you reading at the moment? Feel free to give me suggestions in the comments below.