Another month, another roundup of books I read. This month was great and not only regarding great books I read. Finally, we had days of sunshine which left me super happy and positive. I cannot wait for spring to arrive with warm temperatures and (hopefully) more sun!!! We are already planning some trips for early spring, and I hope the weather will cooperate.
After so many months, I finally went to the library to borrow some books. Months before I was mostly reading books we bought or got as presents, and it was nice to browse the aisles of English books section in the library in the city center. They don’t have a vast selection of English books, and I suspect they prefer authors from England over authors from the US, but it’s still big enough to offer something new to read every time I go there. It’s also great that I’m forced to explore new authors who often leads to extending my list of favorite authors to read.
So what I’ve been reading these past weeks? Here are four books I started, and I finished all but one. Thinking fast and slow will be a few months long endeavor it seems 😉 The book is great, but it’s not a novel you can finish from cover to cover in a few days.
If you would like to check the books, I read in January, click here.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
I found this book in Reese Whitherspoon’s book club, and after reading the short description, I had to download it to my Kindle.
The novel depicts life in an idyllic suburb of Cleveland, Shaker Heights where the perfect lives of Richardson family are changed upside down by a newcomer, single mother, Mia and her daughter Pearl. Short episodes of lives of all characters are told, starting in the past and evolving into the present. Each person’s past influenced how he or she acts, thinks, and feels today. And a complex life story of Mia unfolds with every chapter.
The book is a page-turner, and you’ll hardly stop reading it before it ends. The characters and their stories are described in such a way and detail, that you understand and share feelings with all of them. The plot twist is interesting and unconventional.
You can find more about the book here.
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Daniel Kahneman is a psychologist, laureate of Nobel price in the economy, and in this best selling book, he explains two systems working in our brain. One is fast and intuitive, and the other is slow and more rational. Both of these systems work together, the fast one quickly suggesting an answer, the slow one checking the facts and logic behind it.
Kahneman explains both systems, how they cooperate, how they are tricked and influenced. He provides countless of examples from his own research as well as the research of other research groups. Everything is well explained and more than once I had the AHA moment when I realized that my brain (not surprisingly) works the same way as he describes.
Kahneman also shares tips how to make sure we aren’t so quickly falling for suggestions of the fast system, how to recognize when we are more prone to go for intuitive (and often wrong) answer, and how to train ourselves to realize it more easily.
Find out more about the book here.
Let’s explore diabetes with owls by David Sedaris
This collection of short stories is a perfect book for someone who’s having just a few minutes here and there to read. Each short story is self-contained, engaging, and funny. Almost all of the stories are autobiographical with the exception of a few which are fictional.
David Sedaris has the talent to tell even an ordinary everyday kind of story in a way that makes it interesting. He adds his thoughts and comments on it which makes it hilarious. Many passaged made me laughed out loud.
This collection is a light read about relationships – with partners, parents, and self. It was the first book from this author I read, and I’m looking forward to checking his other books next.
Find out more about the books here.
Cambridge by Susanna Kaysen
The story in this book is set in the 1950s in Cambridge Massachusetts and is told by a seven-year-old Susanna. She loves Cambridge, but thanks to her parents the family travel a lot. They spent a year in England, summer in Italy, a few months in Greece but Susanna never stops loving her home, Cambridge.
She tells the everyday stories of piano lessons, dinners for professor colleagues of her father, love stories of her nanny Frederika. She shares her hate for school, unhappiness, and boredom or fascination with people of different ages, professions, and nationalities who find their way into her family’s life.
This quasi-autobiographical novel is a prequel to her first book Girl, Interrupted (which I haven’t read yet).
You can find out more about the book here.
What were your reads in February? I have a few more books from the library already waiting for me and than I’m deciding between The Last Mrs. Parrish and The Light We Lost, have read any of those?