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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