1Q84 is a thoughtful book, a tale spun with many narratives, yet one delicately woven with a master’s flair and technicality. Its translation to English is, I’d like to say, superbly done, with each word seemingly chosen with delicate care, like a skilled wordsmith working at rewriting a curious novel.
Angela’s Ashes is a very fun read, but it’s also a very depressing one. It’s a very personal, a very Frank look into a poor boy’s life as he grows up to be a man. It’s comical in its own way, since Frank uses the most colorful language, something he picked up while growing up in the slums of Limerick, Ireland.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a mix of emotions: anger, disappointment, happiness, loneliness, love. Essentially the wave of feelings one gets between summers of growing up in a desert community.
The phrase “productive procrastination” sounds like such an oxymoron. It seems counter-intuitive to think that procrastination can ever be productive… but then, who else is going to make all these memes about procrastination?
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living, while simple in its own way, is a delightful little tome designed as if to summon, with so few pages and so few words, the feeling of hygge that it so readily talks about.
Advice to a Young Wife From an Old Mistress is a nonfiction book that draws from the experiences of a mistress to a married man. However, this book is not a titillating tale of lust and adventure; this is a thoughtful treatise on how a mistress lives in a restricting society, and the pain, allure, beauty and wisdom of being one despite that.
Me Before You so neatly presents the life of Louisa Clark, a small-town girl who is suddenly presented an opportunity to meet a man who used to be full of zest for life, but who was suddenly bound to be dependent on others forevermore.
Lolita is simultaneously a very easy yet very difficult book to read.
On Writing is part Stephen King memoir, part instruction manual on how to write.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker isn’t always easy to read, not because of Celie’s nomenclature (“You better not never tell nobody but God”), but because of the pain and violence that comes with the experiences she relates. After all, being a woman of color in the deep American south, while being brought up by a “father” who repeatedly rapes her, isn’t the most easiest of circumstances.
Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World presents to its readers an ultimate human utopia: where efficiency has made human breeding easy and controllable, where sterilization has removed all fear of disease, where old age is a thing of the past.