Hello my loves,
Some more book reviews for you all! As you know, these are my favourite posts to make as you will always find me with my head in a book – reading is my favourite thing to do. I hope you enjoy!
The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
I mean, wow, you guys. This book. This freaking book. This masterpiece was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read, it was absolutely stunning. To give a bit of background info, it’s a feminist novel set in America in 1964, when racism and racial tension was incredibly high. The main character Lily, a white 14 year old girl, runs away with her black servant Rosaleen and they get taken in by three black women who run a beekeeping / honey business. The novel was so beautiful, I’m just…speechless. I’ve been wanting to expand my literary horizons for a while now – I usually reach for a lot of YA / fantasy but I really wanted to read about greater topics such as feminism and racism, so to have the two combined into this one, beautiful story was amazing. Sue Monk Kidd has such a way with words, her writing just flows across the page effortlessly. This was the first book I have ever actually written in / annotated as well (excluding ones I had to annotate in school) because there were so many quotes and lines in here that I just needed to underline and circle and just remember. Like I said, the author has such a way with words. I read it when it was grey and gloomy outside (typical British weather) but as I was reading I also remember thinking about the fact I was going to take this on holiday with me and re-read it there, too. It’s one of those books that I wanted to read surrounded by warmth and light, as even though parts of this book are incredibly sad, the whole thing still made me feel so incredibly happy and whimsical, almost.
The reason this book caught my eye in the first place is because of the title – as you guys may know (unless you’ve been living under a rock) I kind of have a little obsession with bees and I’m sure you’ve all heard me saying my favourite quote is “save the bees” on more than one occasion. Bee is also a part of my name and it’s kind of been a motif throughout my whole life so it’s something I associate with myself a lot, so when I saw the title of the book, I was immediately intrigued. Upon reading the synopsis and discovering it was a coming of age novel about feminism and racism, I instantly bought it. The whole thing is just beautiful, there is literally no other word for it than that – everything is perfect. I’m absolutely in love with this novel, it has now become one of my all time favourites.
p.s. – it’s also a film too! best believe that watching it is the next thing on my to do list!
Call Me By Your Name – André Aciman
Wow. I’m writing this just after I’ve finished the book and…I’m speechless. I’m sat here with tears in my eyes and absolutely no words to come out of my mouth. I am floored. This was single handedly one of the most beautiful things I have and probably ever will read in my life. I don’t even know what to say. I understand that some people found this book to be a little too graphic – my friend warned me about it before I even read it, even though it had never even crossed my mind as I am completely unfazed by this type of thing, but from what everyone had been saying about it I was expecting some parts to be truly graphic and possibly unreadable…but that was not the case at all. In my opinion, there are no graphic parts to this novel, I feel that to say so would be an incorrect statement – I thought everything was perfect and I understood it all completely – the scenes that are depicted as being overly graphic…maybe it is just having a different thought process than Aciman, but I understood why it was there and like I said, was completely unfazed by it. The whole thing was written so beautifully and the words just flowed and flowed, everything was so easy to read – it just flowed beautifully. The fact that this is Aciman’s first novel absolutely blew me away, it was so intricately and beautifully done, so articulate, so poetic, I just, I have no words. This whole thing is a masterpiece. I know I keep using the word beautiful but there is no other way to describe this book, it is simply beautiful, wonderful and heartbreaking all at once, I am absolutely in awe of this book. What a work of art. I cannot wait to go and watch the film.
Nothing…Except My Genius – Oscar Wilde
The title of this book came from the time Oscar Wilde told an American customs official that he had nothing to declare, except for his genius. This is a short collection of Wilde quotes put together in chronological order where he talks about life and art, and the relationship it has with each other, as well as a few other things. I really like Wilde as a writer and enjoy a lot of his work so this was a nice little way to flip through and see some of the things he said over the course of his life, as I appreciate his outlook on things and the way in which he would articulate them. It was nice to go through and annotate his words by adding my own little notes and thoughts on the matters as well as underlining all the great things he said so that I’m able to flip back to them whenever I need them to hand. If you like Wilde’s writing or would like to try and ease yourself into his work, I’d suggest picking up this collection first (he’s basically a well articulated genius).
a little something extra…
You may remember last year I did a review on milk & honey by Rupi Kaur and I think it’s fair to say, I wasn’t the biggest fan. A couple of weeks ago I had the urge to take the book back off my shelf and re-read it again. Slowly, I went through it and I read, I read parts aloud and I took my time, and then I understood. One of my initial complaints about the book was that for some reason I couldn’t seem to relate to the poems and therefore, they did not have much of an impact on me, this time I forced myself to think back to things and relate them to the poems in front of me, and it worked. What I didn’t realise is that I had been suppressing things and that this time, a few more things had happened in my life that hadn’t when I read it the first time around. Now, I could relate. I could relate to the poetry and I understood, I cried a little, actually. I listened and I learned and I related and I understood. I’m changing my rating of this from 2 stars to 4 stars – I read this at the wrong time in my life I believe and even though I wouldn’t say that even now was necessarily the right time, I was willing to open up more and let these poems consume me, and that they did. Rupi Kaur’s words are very powerful, and I am sorry to myself for ever not seeing that. My favourite poems are page 138 (no name?) & falsehood.
Let me know if you’ve read any of these and / or if you have any recommendations! I’m forever on the lookout for new things.
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