Recent Reads : And Here Goes September

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Recent Reads : And Here Goes September

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… and here goes September, and my book challenge of 2019! With these 3 new picks, I’ve officially completed my goal of reading 60 books, and I am so proud of myself. So here are my recent recommendations…

A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara

This is probably one of the most intense books I have ever read (that and A House in The Sky by Amanda Lindhout), but I am so incredibly happy I finally did. I put it off for so long knowing I would need to be in the right frame of mind. The Twenties Club described it as “The (Greatest) book that broke [her] heart”, and she is so right! It goes deep into relationships between friends and family. It’s also about what you choose to divulge of your life to others, and of course, trauma. Such an intense trauma that I almost couldn’t believe it. I don’t want to say too much about this book if you haven’t read it, but it’s one you need to have on your list, at least in your lifetime.

How To Be A Gentlewoman : The Art of Soft Power In Hard Times - Lotte Jeffs

Right after listening to Emma Gannon’s podcast interview with Lotte Jeffs I ordered her book and started reading it right away, and it was everything I needed. The premise of this nonfiction pick is to be a sort of guide for navigating life through soft power, a sort of opposite movement to the ‘Girl boss-slash-you-have-to-fight-to-get-what-you-want-idea’, and it was so refreshing. Lotte uses her own experience to show us different ways to approach life, and she is also quite funny. It’s divided into nine sections: Being at home, being a friend, being alone, being sociable, being together, being at work, being in clothes, being a family and being online.

Expectation - Anna Hope

Let me start by saying I cried in the Eurostar when reading the ending of this. I don’t know if it was because I was tired, but I was so moved by how the protagonists’ feelings and situations were depicted in this honest and raw way. The story follows three friends from college in London, ten years after they’ve graduated. None of them has the lives they’ve expected they would have and they’re all a bit jealous of each other’s situations. I read it in two days and I already want to pick it up again.

What have you been reading this month?


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My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress

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My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress

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I’m sure you’ve all heard of Anna Delvey, the twenty something con-artist who scammed the whole of New York City. When I read The Cut’s article about her, I was immediately gripped by her story and wanted to know more, because it just seemed so crazy to me that these things could happen IRL. One of the people who got personally affected by Delvey’s shenanigans was Rachel DeLoache Williams, ex-Vanity Fair picture researcher, and she wrote about it in her book titled My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress. I’m writing this just before reaching the end of it, but it’s taking me a little while because this book gives me serious anxiety.

In short, the author tells the story of how she was invited back then by Delvey to take part in a lavish Moroccan trip. When she got there, she had to assume the charges, which went above US $30K, because the pretended German heiress did not have functional cards. What followed is a series of stressful texts and fake hopes between the two so that DeLoache Williams could get her money back.

But I would not recommend the book. Not just for how it made me feel, but I think the story focused too much on this specific incident of Delvey crime (which I concede, is quite traumatic) when there is SO much more to say about it. I think the story was dragging a little bit. For what it’s worth, I would focus on reading the articles already available in the media. It wasn’t bad per say, but I think you need to be able to take a lot to digest it. I try not to share too much negative feedback on my blog, but since I’ve been so excited about it and mentioned it a few times, I thought I should be honest.

What have you been reading recently?


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