3 March 2018

February Reads

Despite reading so many good books in January, I found it harder to make a habit of reading in February. Sometimes if I'm not feeling a book, I can get stuck in a rut and won't read for days and weeks, but on the other spectrum of things, once I find a book I really like, all I can do is keep reading. I think I've been pretty good at selecting the right reads so far this year, which has resulted in some lifelong favourites. Here's what I read last month!

Pretty Iconic by Sali Hughes
Pretty Iconic has been on my to-read list for absolutely ages, so I'm glad I finally got around to reading it. This was pretty different to anything I've read before, probably because I haven't read any books about beauty, but it was so interesting to learn about the history of makeup. Sometimes the beauty industry is penned as being exploitative, but this takes beauty from a different angle, showing how it can be a fun thing. I really want to read Sali Hughe's other book, Pretty Honest, even more so, because it explores what beauty can mean to women - in the sense that we don't need makeup, but we wear it to perk ourselves up. Feminism and beauty is something I think about a lot, so I would love to read something on a similar vein to this. Going back to Pretty Iconic, this is such a worthwhile book any beauty lover should read. Sali talks about beauty is a no-fuss way, sharing her tips and tricks but also discussing her relationship with beauty growing up.

The Muse by Jessie Burton
This is another book I've been meaning to read for a while - I guess I've been wanting to clear my bookshelf out a little! The Muse is told from two perspectives over different time periods - 1967 and 1936. It all centres around one painting that shows up in 1967, but the answer to its secret is in 1936, in rural Spain. It's best if you just start reading rather than hear too much about it, but for me this was a book about sacrifice and betrayal, and how art has a hidden or subjective meaning. It also explores what it means to be a creative person - a writer or an artist, and how sometimes it's the only thing that matters. In hindsight some of the twists may have been predictable, but there was still enough mystery, leaving me feeling extremely intrigued. This is the perfect book to read cooped up on a rainy day.

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
I really wanted to read Call Me By Your Name before seeing it at the cinema, and I'm so glad I did because I feel like it gives you more background and detail - or that's what I've heard. The first half of this book was truly intoxicating and I fell in love with it. As the whole book is from Elio's perspective it reads as a huge stream of consciousness, without many breaks. I feel like this added intensity to the book and made me really absorbed. What I liked most about this book was how it captured what it feels like to be deeply infatuated with another person - everything you experience becomes about them. It also created such a vivid and beautiful image of Italy in summer. Even though this book has been hyped so much, it is still really worth reading as long as you don't have sky high expectations. The one downside was I lost interest slightly near the end, however it picked up again eventually. It gives a great lesson on young love and how all good things must come to an end.

Have you read any of these books?

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