The Book List #24

December 10, 2014

The Book List #24

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
year: 2002 | pages: 529 | rating: 2/5

I started reading Middlesex with such enthusiasm; I really wanted to love this book but I just didn't enjoy it. I understand the importance of exploring the history of the protagonist - Calliope Stephanides - but I felt there were huge chunks of narrative (covering eight decades) that simply weren't important in the end. Thanks to a rare genetic mutation Calliope isn't what she seems and it takes forever for her discover her true identity.. so long in fact that I grew bored by the end of this +500 page trek through one family's twisted history.

Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!) by Jeffrey Eugenides
year: 2012 | pages: 176 | rating: 3/5

George Lois is an American art director, designer, and author. In Damn Good Advice, Lois offers a guide to creativity and success heavily influenced by his time spent working in advertising. While the book's advice heavily leans towards design work and advertising skills, there are pointers and advice that can benefit anyone working in a creative field.

The Rules to Break by Richard Templar
year: 2013 | pages: 187 | rating: 3/5

A comforting and insightful read that provides a refreshing alternative to other people's well-intended rules. Richard Templar explains what's wrong with some of our traditional social rules, while offering an alternate way of approaching life's little quandaries.

The Little Book of Thinking Big by Richard Newton
year: 2014 | pages: 184 | rating: 2/5

A nice little book with some solid advice unfortunately written up with an irritating format; it didn't work for me but it might work for you. There are some fantastic quotes and awesome pieces of encouragement with guidance on nine new habits that help you to "think big."

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  1. I have heard many good things about Middlesex, but after reading your review, I am wondering if it is worth the purchase/read. The others I have not heard of yet - although I imagine the George Luis book to be amazing and will add it to my reading list. I really wish I had enough time each month to read several books, but on top of all my work and freelancing, there never seems to be enough time. Maybe I will indulge during winter holidays. I am still working on finishing one of Angela Davis' books on the Prison Abolutionist movement.

    rae of love from berlin

  2. I liked Middlesex, but I agree it is a little long-winded at times. You might like The Virgin Suicides, his first book, and Sofia Coppola made a movie based on it that is really beautifully filmed.

  3. I love the fact that you're including page numbers and the year of publication underneath book titles! Excellent idea. And those book ratings - you are stingy with those! But at least it's very indicative whenever you give a book more than 3/5 :)

  4. Damn Good Advice sound like something I was looking for to read. Sometimes inner motivation just isn't enough

  5. I really love that book although it does lean very heavily towards the advertising industry; I'd recommend 'Steal Like An Artist' and 'Ignore Everybody' :))

  6. I really am stingy with them, aren't I? I am a tough critic but that's how you know when I've found a REALLY good book :))

  7. I've read The Virgin Suicides and I enjoyed it, but I think I'd like to re-read it as it was several years ago now and you're right, the film is beautiful :))

  8. Hmm.. it isn't a bad book, it was just long winded and I grew a little tiresome of it after a while. If you have time I'd say read it, otherwise skip it and read something a bit more fun :))


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