Monday, 31 August 2015

WHAT I READ | END OF AUGUST

To be frank, the title of this post should probably be 'What I Ate and Read' rather than merely the latter, as this last week of August has truly been a week of delicious snacks as well as great reads. Nevertheless, I thought I'd show you what I have been reading this past week (and what I've been nibbling on while doing so!).

I started the week off with still-warm cinnamon buns from my local bakery and The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis. I watched the movie adaptation of Ellis's novel a few years back and absolutely hated it, so I have to admit I came to this novel with a negative spirit. Regardless, I ended up loving it. I say love not as in 'this is the best book I have ever read', but rather in a 'none of the characters are likeable and they all do horrible things yet I need to find out how it ends'. Because truthfully, I hate everyone in The Rules of Attraction. And I think that's the charm of it, in my opinion anyway. The novel tells the story of three college students whose lives overlap from time to time, at a campus on America's East Coast where drugs, sex, and wallowing in self-pity are the main activities. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys campus novels and the likes; I found that TRoA in many ways resembles and at one point even directly refers to Donna Tartt's The Secret History.

(P.s.: Here is a list of the '50 Best Campus Novels Ever Written' according to Flavorwire.)

Rating: ★★★★★

Mid-week, I was suddenly in the mood to bake something and ended up making red velvet cupcakes. I enjoyed them with milky coffee and Aldous Huxley's classic Brave New World. I was primarily reading this for my bachelor's dissertation, but thankfully found it to be an amazing read. Brave New World is a wonderful mix of dystopia and utopia - depending on who's looking - and portrays an exaggerated future wherein every human is designed and produced rather than born, and where independence is given up for the sake of community. A classic novel I am glad to have finally read.

Rating: ★★★★★

Lastly, I've been reading the incredibly interesting Freakonomics by S. D. Levitt and S. J. Dubner and snacking on some ridiculously tasty millionaire shortbreads. I mean, look at that caramel! Drooling aside, Freakonomics is a highly entertaining and eye-opening read; I found that I almost flew through the 200-or-so pages. Levitt and Dubner 'explore the hidden side of everything' and a lot of what they discover is rather surprising. I would recommend this book to anyone! It is an easy read, and I believe we can all learn an interesting fact or two from this book.

Rating: ★★★★☆

So what about yourselves, what have you been reading lately? I'm always looking for new things to read, so if you've read something good (or even bad, but entertaining, I'm not awfully picky) recently, please let me know!
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Sunday, 30 August 2015

MY WEEKLY ODE TO... #4


  1. Bank Holiday weekend calls for some tasty snacks. This weekend I've had homemade pizza (courtesy of the boyf) and also made Millionaire Shortbread based on hjartesmil's recipe. So ridiculously easy to make and delicious! (Yes, I made these the same day she posted the recipe, not even going to lie!)
  2. Rachel of Currently Rachel wrote an important reminder about the amazing functions of the female body and the ridiculous 'hygiene' standards we are subject to. In Can We Please Talk Openly About Vaginal Hygiene? she pointedly challenges the problematique of addressing the female sexual organ using 'nicey-nice pseudonyms like 'hoo ha', 'lala', and 'sensitive skin'.' The perpetrator in question, Femfresh, a brand selling products designed for vaginal use, has recently sponsored several beauty bloggers to recommend their (arguably) unnecessary products. I think Rachel's post is interesting in numerous aspects, as it tackles both the notion that vaginal soaps are essential for a woman's hygiene and the cringey, childlike tendency to create pseudonyms for something as natural as the vagina.
  3. As if growing up and into adulthood isn't hard enough on its own, there is often a tendency in other adults to 'warn' you of the harshness of becoming an adult. Katie of Scarphelia addresses this in her post 'Don't Grow Up, It's a Trap', writing cleverly about the falseness of this phrase and how awesome it actually is to grow up.
  4. Lastly, Nothing, except that everything will be fine. by Lovisa Ranta and 'här. nu.' (here. now) by Jennifer Stroud; just two posts simply yet profoundly portraying love and relationships in few words. Because we all need some love in our lives.
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