Howdy! How are you all? Hope all is well!
It’s been a while since I’ve been here on TABL. July was quite a busy month for me, therefore I didn’t have much time (or energy) to write another post. I’ve also got another short course coming up in the next few weeks, so it’s best to publish something now while I still have free time. Also, T.S. 1888 #2 and a review of The Body are still in the drafting stages; as for the former, I’m planning on searching for academic writings for Ash Wednesday when I’m in a more studious mood (I’m going to do this poem in parts, because it is lengthy and supeeeerbly long analytical texts can scramble your brain… you’ll know this from your school days).
Now, for the actual content of this post: a book haul, something very new on TABL, something to spice this blog up. Yes– books to me are like chicken soup for some Christian’s soul. You and I can never have too many books, though the people we live with may disagree. Today, I thought I’d do something different to what I usually post and just go through with you the new books I got. The books were from Big W (unfortunately the local bookstore barely has anything on the shelves at the moment, but otherwise I’d usually buy from independent booksellers), so any prices listed are the prices they sold at in the shop. Also, I’m quite a dummy for going to Goodreads to look at book reviews before I actually start reading something, so for now on, I’ll just resist the urge to that (does anyone else do this? Or maybe I’m just weak). Please note, I’m also not an affiliate of any of the shops or publications mentioned in this post; I’m doing this for fun and making exactly $0.00 on this post, baby!
Without further delay, let’s start!
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
This isn’t The Avid Book Louse without a classic book to discuss. I’ve always been interested in reading The Handmaid’s Tale, but every time I saw it in a shop, I’d read the blurb, flip through it for a few seconds, then I’d put it back on the shelf and go ‘meh’ — for reasons unknown. Now, I’ve finally caved in and bought a copy. The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a dystopian future, where the main protagonist is a handmaid whose main purpose is to push out babies for her masters(?) or be subject to a slow, agonising death by radiation, and based on the new society’s standards, taboo shizz happens. This book had always interested me because it is something that is quite different from what I usually read. Also, there have been divided opinions and critiques about this book that would be interesting to read, so reading the subject material will give us context. Additionally, I’d also love to share my view of this novel, and explore why critics have their particular stances.
The Party – Robyn Harding
Simon & Schuster
The bright pink, minimalist cover of this novel is what drew me to it. I’ve never heard of Robyn Harding before, but I looked at the blurb and the story seems promising. A married couple hold a small, sweet sixteenth birthday party for their daughter, only for ‘something’ (gasp!) to happen, which will change the lives of everyone involved, and will reveal secrets, motives, and true colours. Psychological fiction, plot twists and false pretences within a plot have a special place in my heart. I have a feeling that I will enjoy this book very much. So I’m looking forward to reading this book once I’ve have finished others I’m currently reading.
Change Your Thinking – Sarah Edelman PhD
Now, this is something that I’d never thought I’d do: buy a self-help book. For some reason, I have some sort of aversion to self-help books, especially ones where the author is on the cover, smugly smiling at whoever is looking at the book (see the poorly photoshopped example below). Blech… there’s something self-absorbed with book covers like that–I can’t be the only one that thinks this way, right? But before I get too off-topic, this one intrigued me; Sarah Edelman is a clinical psychologist, and this book discusses thoughts and feelings and why we have negative ones, and it also talks about cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and the techniques you can use to try and level out your thoughts. Though I don’t think that this is meant to be a replacement actual face to face therapy, but the premise is actually intriguing. To add, another self-help book I’m interested in is The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker, but it’s likely an independent bookseller may have a copy.
Frank Magazine Issue Eighty-Five
I bought this magazine on a whim, while I was buying a few things at Woolworths (the fresh food peep-hole). It’s an artsy type bi-monthly magazine, and let me tell you, this is all I ever wanted in a magazine. The pages are very visual– I was looking at all the images more than I was reading the articles, but I’ll definitely come back to read the articles properly. This publication focuses on the Arts and society, and I’ll stress that it’s very, very appealing to the eye. The visuals in this magazine align with the aesthetics I admire; whimsical, quirky, a little retro, and it’s… ugh. I want to work for this magazine. I’ll move my lazy ass to Melbourne and wait for a vacancy to work there (or ya know, gain experience to work there). Alternately, I can try to submit pieces, but based on their website, they only select a handful out of the hordes of submissions they get, so basically, your submissions should have some sort of ‘it factor’. But, that ain’t gonna discourage me. If you’re interested, you can subscribe to Frankie internationally. It’s seriously worth it!
Below are the books that I’ve previously bought, and thought that they’d be worth a mention.
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
This is the book I’m currently reading. So far, so good, I’m really enjoying it. Angie Thomas is a clearly gifted narrator and brings life and personality to Starr, our protagonist. This novel deals with life, loss, race, morals, and growing up. Starr is an African-American girl who balances between two worlds; her predominantly black neighbourhood and her predominantly white, upper class school. When she witnesses her best friend from childhood get shot dead by a white police officer, Starr is thrown into a world of turmoil and conflict. How will she survive this?
The Outsider – Stephen King
Hodder & Stoughton
Ah, Stephen King pretty much lives on this blog, doesn’t he? I haven’t looked into this book much, but I think this is novel is a more of a detective mystery (like Mr. Mercedes). Stephen King’s new thriller involves the murder of a child, leading to the arrest of a well-loved little league coach. However, the case gets more curious since the suspect has an alibi which is believed to be true? How can one person be at two different places at once? This is a TBR.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Simon & Schuster
I bought this novel last year, and was meant to read it sooner, but… life gets in the way. I have seen a lot of acclaim for this novel by other fellow readers. From what I’ve gathered, this is a novel about love, life, friendship, and discovering oneself. Another TBR (I’ve got many of those).
So, that’s that for the book haul. Now it’s your turn: have you bought book/s recently? What drew you to get it/them, and what is it about? Comment away!
I’ll see you in the next post. Take care and enjoy whatever you’re currently doing.