Despite what this blog's been looking like over the past few days (ie stagnant), I've been reading, and doing other things like having a DIY sushi party, but mostly reading. So here are some quick notes on the books that I've recently put down:
Things I've Been Silent About - Azar Nafisi
I wanted to like this book, as I remembered enjoying Reading Lolita in Teheran. But I didn't really connect with this book, and constantly kept picking up other books to read instead. There were some interesting moments, and I wished she had included more about her interest in reading as a teenager in England. I managed to finish it but would only give it 3 stars (out of 5).
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - Haruki Murakami
First off, I am not a runner. Yeah I used to do some jogging but that has fallen by the wayside. But Murakami made me want to go for a jog. And that says a lot. I don't think you have to be a runner to read this book, as he talks about how running keeps him writing (and vice versa). He insists that he's not a talented writer, but it's about hard work and determination, much like in training for a marathon (and he's done several!). It's a short read, but quite enjoyable.
Maus - Art Spiegelman
I don't know what I was thinking when I picked up Volume I and not Volume II. Perhaps it was because I was already struggling to carry the over-ambitious stack of books. But whatever, Maus is a definite must-read! Not just for its depiction of the war and the Holocaust but also for how Spiegelman presented his parents, especially his father, whose story this is.