What I'm Reading... #3
Here's a round up of what I've read since my last What I'm Reading post back in September. There are four books here and I actually just made a huge book order so I'll probably be back with another book post soon. Also, if you're interested in reading about what I've been listening to, podcast wise, then leave me a comment please and I will! Side note: might still do one even if this doesn't get any comments since I like sharing...
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
I really liked this book. It's about two friends, Elena and Lila, about their friendship, about life in the outskirts of Naples in the 1950s. I first picked up this book because I was so intrigued by the author, Elena Ferrante. The name is a pseudonym for an Italian writer and although there's been so much written about the mystery behind her, she remains just that. A mystery. Although it took me a little bit to get used to this book just because there are so many characters and families and because all of them have nicknames, I began to know them and really connect with them, especially with Elena and Lila. I don't want to give anything away because this book contains so many stories but trust me, it's worth a read.
Factory Girls by Leslie T. Chang
I found this book SO interesting. I spent last summer as a research intern looking at the garment industry in South-East Asia. This book was a gift from my supervisor and relates to the topic of my research but focuses on a wider group, factory workers in China. The lives of this group is told mainly by the experiences of two girls in Dongguan so it was extremely easy to follow. I purposefully didn't write "struggles" and instead wrote "experiences" of these workers because this book doesn't just focus on the negative aspects of their lives. It wasn't depressing to read and huge chunks of it were about what motivates these workers to "go out" from their home villages to the cities and contained moments that were funny too. After finishing it, I wasn't left feeling sad about these workers' conditions, I was left feeling a certain kind of respect for these workers for being so motivated to work and to learn. This book is especially important today as we all own a lot of products made by the workers that Chang writes about. I'd also recommend this book for anyone wanting a glimpse into a life in China, especially to those who are interested in how this huge migration is rapidly transforming every aspect of life (family, economic, and individual) in China.
Grit: the Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
I felt a bit weird picking up this book since I feel like it's something parents would read to help their children reach their full potential. It talks about how talent is only one ingredient to success, and grit/hard work/resilience, is one of the major ingredients to success. The thing is, I don't really like self-help books because I find them to be repetitive and contain only one core message. This book was pretty much the same in that respect as I found all the chapters to be really similar. If you're interested in this topic, I'd suggest watching her TED talk instead.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
I read this book when I was younger and recently listened to a podcast that was discussing aspects of the Road which made me want to re-read it. It's about a man and his son in America after it has been burned down. They travel by foot, only carrying a rucksack and a cart. It's about their bond, their love, and their journey to the coast. What's really interesting is that there's a lot of unknowns in this book. First of all, we don't know what caused America to burn to the ground. We don't know the names of these characters or their age. The time period and the father and son's exact location also isn't known and most importantly, we don't know why they are travelling to the coast with such determination. There's only two characters in this book but their dialogue and actions toward each other is really moving. McCarthy writes so beautifully and I'd recommend this book to anyone without hesitation.
So that was a round up of what I've been reading recently. If you guys have any thoughts on these books or have any books to recommend, please leave a comment below as I'm always looking for more books to add to my list! Also, don't forget to follow nnyley on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with our posts. At the moment our posts go live every Saturday at 8am UK time. Have a good weekend you guys x