Finally, summer holidays! We started with two weeks in France, where my only fixed plan was to find a little town with a bookstore and take any recommendation on French authors. Well, that worked. One question and I had my arms full of lovely French pockets, including a title that was recommended to me by another client in the bookstore. I just love that. I have read a lot, but in little chunks. My e-reader was packed with non fiction, mostly about green, frugal, simple living and related topics.
Amerikanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I have seen this title mentioned on so many places and was glad to find out that it has been translated. It was a good read to me. Relevant, personal, witty and sharp. Slightly uncomfortable at the same time. Reading from a very white-privilege perspective, I’m not completely sure if my description is okay. I mean: to me, race doesn’t matter. But then again, as is stated in the book: I can only say that speaking from that white-privilege point of view. Anyway: it was good writing, a good story, and it sticks.
The Simple Home
Down to earth – both by Rhonda Hetzel
I devored the first one and immediately bought the second one (mentioned, that is. Down to earth chronologically came first). I follow Rhonda’s blog for a long time now, it was one of the first blogs I consistently read and I enjoyed the (now stopped) forum. She has a way of writing that is firm yet motherly and warm. Very encouraging, and therefore very inspiring. If I smiled doing three loads of laundry today, it’s because of her. (Okay and because I don’t mind doing laundry as long as I don’t have to iron it lol).
Mémé dans les orties – Aurélie Valognes
One of the recommendations in the French bookstore. Finished it in a few hours. Lovely story, although a tad cheesy at the end. Grumpy old man meets witty little neighbour girl and slowly starts to see a bit of light in life again. It’s about purpose and relationships, but there are enough surprising twists and turns to keep it interesting. Good read!
Want more reading inspiration? Check the Modern Mrs Darcy linkup. And while you’re at it, check her whole site. If you’re not inspired by then, I don’t know!
What have you been reading lately?