As of recent days, I’ve been feeling a bit of everything. I’ve been experiencing happiness in the way that spring has been slowly creeping up on me. Over the course of last week, I spent my lunchtimes sunbathing on the school tennis courts with friends in the hopes of soaking up as much sun as I could. Yet I’ve also been experiencing sadness in the way that my time in Year 11 has almost come to a close. Although I live in the UK, I’ve been partaking in all sorts of clichéd Americanisms like taking yearbook photos and helplessly searching for a prom dress. It’s all a bit of a whirlwind recently so I’ve resorted to blogging as my form of catharsis. Today, I wanted to share a few books that I want to read over the course of the next few months! I hope that you enjoy!
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
“This is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born. It tells of Vietnam, of the lasting impact of war, and of his family’s struggle to forge a new future. And it serves as a doorway into parts of Little Dog’s life his mother has never known – episodes of bewilderment, fear and passion – all the while moving closer to an unforgettable revelation.”
I have heard endless praise about this book and I’ve been wanting to get a hold of it for a while! Ocean Vuong writes poetry too which I would also like to pick up sometime soon.
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
“The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists, the unforgettable Elena and Lila.”
My mum actually recommended this book to me immediately after she finished it. This book is part of a four-part series too so I can’t wait to start this!
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
“From the indie rockstar Japanese Breakfast, an unflinching, powerful, deeply moving memoir about growing up mixed-race, Korean food, losing her Korean mother, and forging her own identity. In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humour and heart, she tells of growing up the only Asian-American kid at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother’s particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother’s tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food.”
When I picked this up, I had no clue that it was actually by Japanese Breakfast, an artist who I have heard and loved a few songs from. Once again, this book has been given endless acclaim and knowing that it was written by someone I love has made me want to read it even more!
The White Album by Joan Didion
“In this now legendary journey into the hinterland of the American psyche, Didion searches for stories as the Sixties implode. She waits for Jim Morrison to show up, visits the Black Panthers in prison, parties with Janis Joplin and buys dresses with Charles Manson’s girls. She and her reader emerge, cauterized, from this devastating tour of that age of self discovery into the harsh light of the morning after.”
This will actually be a reread for me. After Didion’s recent death, I was compelled to pick up her work again. Having only recently begun to discover her writing, I was very saddened to hear of her passing. Thankfully, she has left behind a legacy of beautiful work that I will continue to read and enjoy for years to come!
That’s all for today’s post! I will definitely update you on how I find these books with reviews to come. Enjoy the rest of your day!
All my love,