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Currently Reading

Currently Reading

I’m not usually juggling multiple reads at once, but because of my busy school year and traveling, I currently have multiple books on my shelf, so to speak. Here are the books that I’m currently reading.

Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge: Obviously, I’m a makeup addict, but being a bookworm I also adore the history of makeup. This book has beautiful photos and a lot of information; I find that cosmetic history can sometimes be hard to come across via the internet, but this book is rife with stories and examples. The history is interspersed with images of old advertisements, historical paintings, and more. Eldridge also outlines makeup icons throughout the ages, from Audrey Hepburn to Queen Alexandra. I love reading about history, and this book is fascinating and fun.

The Bachelors by Muriel Spark: This pseudo-mystery is a novel unlike any other I have read. I received it as a gift from my cousin, who purchased it upon recommendation at an independent bookstore (definitely a good way to go about getting a book for a loved one). I’m intrigued by the unconventional plot, which centers mysteriously around a medium and four other men. I’m only halfway through the book, and it’s a little slow, but I’m interested to see where it will go.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro: Coincidentally, my sister and I all ended up reading this book around the same time (and once my sister and I read it, our mom had to be in, too). This 21st century work of literary fiction is both chilling and heartbreaking, but also thought-provoking and touching. While I can’t say much else without spoiling the whole book, I would say that it is an intriguing take on science fiction, which closely examines interpersonal relationships through a somewhat gothic lens. Though the pace of the novel is a little slow, it is still somehow a page-turner because of the mystery and suspense Ishiguro creates.

The Meat and Spirit Plan by Selah Saterstrom: Okay, so I’m cheating a little because I actually just finished this one, but because I was reading it at the same time as the other books on this list, I decided it made the cut. The Meat and Spirit Plan is an unconventional, raw coming-of-age story about a small-town girl from the the South. I read it for a creative writing class, but it didn’t feel like I was reading it “for school.” It is at once hilarious and devastating. While the writing is more traditional, the structure of the narrative falls on the experimental side. The book is broken into short segments, which sometimes are centered on the page. For this reason, the book is just as physically and visually beautiful as it is interesting.

The Meat and Spirit Plan by Selah Saterstrom

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  • izza glino

    Your notes on Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro make me want to buy and read it. My reading list for May 2017 includes Before I Fall, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and The Wild.

    Izza | Manila, Philippines