This season is by far the best for reading, I feel not yet resentful towards the chill and finally learned how to make a latte (way overdue!). Here are some quick recommendations for books I have enjoyed recently.
Bluets by Maggie Nelson (pictured left)
Bluets it is an ode to the color blue and a mourning of lost love all in one. It takes the form of a numbered list, in some grey area between poetry and prose. This book is the kind that changes you, not just the way you see writing but also on a very personal level-- definitely one of my favorites ever.
“Mostly I have felt myself becoming a servant of sadness. I am still looking for the beauty in that.”
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (pictured right)
This book was really wonderful, but it took a slow first half before I felt invested in the characters. Still, it is beautifully written, and balances intellectual with entertaining. It speaks to a human sense of isolation which extends beyond what divides us superficially. I thought it was well-written and enjoyable
“I have finally concluded, maybe that's what life is about: there's a lot of despair, but also the odd moment of beauty, where time is no longer the same. It's as if those strains of music created a sort of interlude in time, something suspended, an elsewhere that had come to us, an always within never. Yes, that's it, an always within never.”