I let loose and bought a small stack of books when I visited Rosetta Books Maleny last weekend. I want to share with you what I got.
This jumped out at me because I’d heard my favourite YouTuber, Tanya Burr, mention it in a vlog. (Funnily enough, Tanya has something to do with another book in my haul…)
How to be Both, published only last year, has already raked in so many accolades that you can barely see the front cover of my copy through its list of awards! If my interest wasn’t already hooked, the New Statesman‘s review on the back would have clinched it: “Dizzyingly good and so clever that it makes you want to dance”. That’s what I’m talking about!
The blurb doesn’t give much away. I glean that it has a twisting narrative that transcends centuries, but beyond that, the story is a thrilling mystery (and I’m looking forward to it all the more because I don’t know what to expect). I think it must be one of those have-to-read-it-to-know sort of experiences. Honestly, I can’t wait.
The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera
The latest novel by French-Czech author, Milan Kundera, only appeared on bookstore shelves earlier this year. I feel thrilled to be reading such fresh-off-the-press literature! You might have heard of Kundera’s best-known story, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, also a movie starring Juliet Binoche.
At only 115 pages, this is a tiny book. The hardcover edition and its dust jacket are absolutely gorgeous. The end papers are egg-shell blue, offsetting the crisp white pages and lemon yellow of the jacket. This is a book that withstands being judged by its cover.
I read the first chapter to my dad, and we decided to read it together over a couple of weeks. So far, I have a strong impression of a simple but smartly-woven story with a very Woody Allen-esque vibe. I can tell I’m going to enjoy it.
Remember I said my favourite YouTuber had something to do with my haul? I have loved watching Tanya’s vlogs for a couple of years now. I find them reassuring since she understands on a personal level a lot of things I have battled with in the past e.g. anxiety etc. You can check out her channel here.
Love Tanya is a big collection of her stories, tips, tutorials, and recipes. It contains a lot of lists that count down her Top 10s in categories such as how to deal with anxiety or dress for a first date. All very useful and relevant, and written with love as the title suggests. It also contains blank lists for you to chronicle your own thoughts. Tanya explains that she wants you to turn her book into your own keepsake of memories.
So that’s all I got! I’m very excited about my purchases. I can’t wait to finish reading my set texts for uni so I can do some reading for pleasure!