The Book List #37

The Book List #37

The News: A User's Manual by Alain de Botton
year: 2013 | pages: 272 | rating: 4/5

Alain de Botton discusses how the news penetrates every aspect of our lives, causing concern, worry, and stress unnecessarily. We are presented with news in a confusing and non-linear manner, with parts of stories left out and some never returned to at all; we are never taught how to understand the news, and de Botton argues that perhaps we do not to consume it at all - at least, not in the way we are currently doing so. For someone who has purposefully chosen to not listen to the majority of news sources, I found The News: A User's Manual comforting, informative, and reassuring. It's a book I would recommend everyone to read.

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
year: 2014 | pages: 320 | rating: 4/5

Sometimes we come across books that speak to us, we can't put them down, they grip us tightly and won't let go. From the introduction alone I connected with this book, Roxane Gay put into words everything I have felt about feminism. I am not a Feminist I am a feminist. While I fight for rights, I also acknowledge I am not perfect, I get things wrong, my opinions and actions don't align with "the perfect Feminist" figure. Just like my veganism, the way I approach feminism is by my own, well-adjusted rules; there is room for mistakes and for forgiveness. It is about learning and figuring it all out. Gay confirms and supports how I feel, which is perhaps why I fell for this book so hard. She spoke to me; she spoke to the feminists who don't believe everything is so black and white, right or wrong. I love her and this book for that. Please read this book.

The Giver by Lois Lowry
year: 1993 | pages: 179 | rating: 4/5

I didn't read anything about this book before starting it (although Goodreads doesn't exactly give much away.) The Giver is a short read yet packs a lot into its pages. I don't want to say much about the plot because I'd like you to go into it as I did, without a clue where it is going or how it will end. I enjoyed the writing style of Lois Lowry very much; the book is easy to read and the story is intriguing. After reading a lot of mediocre books recently, The Giver was a joy to discover.