September 22, 2023


Make Some Fun

Books: Identical Matter As At all times (however August replace)

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The window to Scribd’s main library opens once more (most likely for two weeks, like common). So I am beginning up the Scribd marathon once more. The final time I listened to any good books was round 2 weeks in the past. However then I additionally managed to attain 2 audiobooks from Kindle audible trials so that is what I have been listening to after I stroll to choose up Sofi in early Aug (after I was disadvantaged of excellent audiobooks, boo). 

On Kindle: I am slowly listening to Jordan Peterson’s 12 Guidelines for Life – and it isn’t a straightforward ebook. So I hardly take heed to it. 

Bodily E book: I completed Sally Rooney’s Dialog with Buddies yesterday! I have been studying it for the previous 2 weeks. This ebook jogged my memory of my previous. Not the affair, or the sexual actions that carry on popping up in all of Sally Rooney’s fiction – simply the feelings normally. Af purchased the ebook for me from Carousell *not understanding how soft-porny Sally Rooney books could be. It’s like studying a depressive romance if you already know what I imply. If you wish to really feel annoyed with relationships, go forward and browse Sally Rooney. 

This week, I completed :

  • Getting Misplaced by Annie Ernaux – audiobook
  • A Migrating Chicken by Elif Shafak – quick story e-book
  • Dialog with Buddies by Sally Rooney – bodily ebook
  • Tips on how to Keep Sane in an Age of Division by Elif Shafak – quick story e-book
  • Washes, Pray by Noor Naga – bodily ebook
  • Novelist as Vocation by Haruki Murakami – audiobook

This week is without doubt one of the uncommon weeks that I managed to complete plenty of books as a result of I truly devoted the time to sit down and end up these long-kept books.

This half was written early this week when the Scribd itemizing was simply made obtainable once more:

It is audiobook week, child!

Okay, we solely have 2 weeks window, so I want a ok technique. I am planning on listening to fiction that I need to learn, mainly, I need feminine writers of, totally different ethnicity, and totally different international locations lived/residing in, with totally different backgrounds. 

  • Babel by RF Kuang – the hardcover prices round RM 100 at this second, which is a bit an excessive amount of. It’s troublesome to deliver to locations as a result of it’s huge and thick, and also you would possibly solely need to learn it as soon as. So it is just fairly for a group in your cabinets. This ebook will take 21 hours to complete at common pace, half that for those who placed on double pace. RF Kuang was born in China and lived within the US since she was younger (an Asian-American), I listened to Yellowface final month.  
  • Temper by Phoebe Walker. A fiction about being an anxious lady in her personal bubble looks like a relatable subject, would give this one an opportunity. She is initially from Northumberland and she or he lived in London and the Netherlands. 
  • The Polyglot Lovers by Lina Wolff. The author was born in Sweden and lived in Spain & Italy, which is likely to be a superb combine.
  • 28 Questions by Indyana Schneider is an Australian author + soprano. She grew up in Sydney and later moved to the UK. 
  • Getting Lost by Annie Ernaux. I hope you already know her, she is the French author that received the Nobel Prize in Literature final yr. I listened to a number of of her books all year long, and I need to learn this one subsequent. 
  • Reproduction by Louisa Corridor, an American author. A ebook on being pregnant, ache, ladies’s anxiousness, and Frankenstein. 
  • A Migrating Bird is a quick story by Elif Shafak (not an audiobook, however a 24-page quick story – that may end in a single sitting). An award-winning Turkish-British author – I really like her works. 
  • Novelist as Vocation by Haruki Murakami – Initially printed in 2015, however translated into English and printed final yr. You possibly can solely get the hardcover in bookstores and I am nonetheless ready for the paperback. So I will take heed to this for positive as a result of it has been some time.

Amongst all books:

  • My favourite ebook this yr might be Easy Ardour by Annie Ernaux due to her trustworthy heart-breaking documentation, regardless of being a scandalous subject – I wrote about it right here. However I really like her different ebook that I listened to final yr extra; I Stay in Darkness (this one makes me cry). 
  • There are additionally some new writers that I discovered, which I loved studying; Noor Naga‘s If An Egyptian Can’t Communicate English and YiYun Li’s works. 
  • I additionally love love love my analysis on Hermann Hesse’s books this yr, I learn 5 of his books this yr and I am hoping to proceed extra earlier than the yr ends – I’ve 2 extra of his books ready on my Kindle. 
  • Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley will not be amongst my favorites, nevertheless it did make me cry as a result of it hit the proper unhappiness spot. 
  • Books I did not like this yr: The Professor by Faisal Tehrani (a bit too obnoxious), The Secret Historical past by Donna Tartt (I used to be not invested till the tip and I wasted my time), and Adultery by Paulo Coelho (too preachy, I do not suppose he ought to write in lady’s pov – he ought to have simply written from his pov as a person). 

It is good that at any time when I really feel like I do not need to write something, I can nonetheless write about books. Is that this my distraction? Is that this what’s protecting me from being caught in my emotions? Sheesh. I feel I want a run. 

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