Recent Reads #2

It's been a while, eh? For the last few months, I've been on a reading rollercoaster, devoting some days to being completely immersed in a book and then spending weeks without picking one up. Apart from that, I also managed to get through the most of Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life, just to put in the not-for-me book pile. Today is all about the finished reads, so here are the latest 4 books I've made my way through.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation // Lynne Truss

Let's kick off this list with the most unusual one of the bunch - a book on punctuation. I picked this one up, hoping that it would be a delightful mix of useful and quirky. The first half of the book was dedicated to exploring the purpose and the history behind punctuation marks, and then it turned into one big witty rant. You know, the usual "technology killed the comma" type of stuff. If you happen to be a die-hard believer of the aforementioned, then this book is for you; otherwise I wouldn't recommend it.

The Lowland // Jhumpa Lahiri

A work of historical fiction, this book stretches across several continents and generations, showcasing India in the wake of the revolution. Immersing and somewhat intimate, the suspenseful narrative gives a glimpse into the Indian culture and traditions with the help of several intertwined stories. While I usually favour action instead of explicit descriptions, this book was an exception thanks to the skilful writing. This one is easily my favourite book from the whole lineup.

Elizabeth is Missing // Emma Healey

After seeing this book pop up literally everywhere, I was curious to see what all the fuss is about. The book follows an elderly woman with a progressive Alzheimer's, who is obsessed with finding her missing friend Elizabeth. It isn't the easiest read, as the book constantly jumps between different time periods and memories, however it manages to accurately portray the reality of living with such disease. This was definitely an interesting read though at some point I became increasingly less interested in Elizabeth, and more fascinated with the second storyline.

We Have Always Lived in a Castle // Shirley Jackson

Bizarre and haunting, this gothic story tells the tale of two sisters and their elderly uncle living in an old house, seemingly hidden away from the rest of the world. Their lives follow the same pattern day by day until an unexpected visitor sets in motion a chain of events that will change everything. It's brilliantly written, you get immediately sucked into the story and the whole book has a Tim Burton-esque feel about it. If you're a lover of gothic literature and creepy stories, this one is definitely for you.

Honorable Mention // The Gentlewoman

As soon as the newest issue of The Gentlewoman hit the stands, I just knew that I had to have it. Adorned with probably my favorite cover of all time, this issue is packed with empowering stories, in-depth interviews, and insanely creative fashion shoots. This one makes for an excellent weekend read with a bit more substance than the average women's magazine.

What have you been reading lately? Any recommendations?

Vanda MBooks, Lifestyle