Read: The Very Nice Box

The Very Nice Box, written by Laura Blackett and Eve Gleichman

I bought this book at Shakespeare and Company in Paris last August. It is written by two authors and something about their picture and the front cover convinced me to buy it. Only after finishing reading the book I searched for the authors. They turn out to be neighbours, living in Brooklyn, New York.

I wish I had a neighbour I could write a novel with.

It was a pleasant read after the somewhat depressing end (understatement) of the previous book I read. You could call The Very Nice Box a love story. Or a story about dealing with traumatic loss. Or a satire on modern office life. Or a critique on white male privilege. Or a novel about relationships in a 21st century queer friendly environment. The combination of all these elements made it fun to keep reading. It’s not deep, but it’s a story filled with current themes as a backdrop. And they even managed to squeeze in a turn of events right near the end of the story that kept me turning the pages until I finished it. I recommend it for light reading.

Door |2021-12-03T15:33:10+02:003 december 2021|boeken, flow|0 Reacties

Read: Assembly

You have stories that need many words and you have stories that can be compact. Usually it takes good writers to make a compact story. Assembly (2021) is such a story. A remarkable debut novel by the hand of Natasha Brown. One hundred pages, that’s the size of her novel. Within those pages she packs all themes that currently matter when it comes to being black and being female, trying to fit in.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading every sentence of this book. It is so well written that I needed to slow down my usual reading pace to take it all in. In fact, I even read the last twenty pages out loud to myself, just to make sure I wouldn’t skip a word. Brown writes like a poet, and then to think she studied Maths at Cambridge University.

Buy this book. Read this book. Reread this book. Gift the book.

Door |2021-08-31T17:32:42+02:001 september 2021|boeken, flow, vrouw|0 Reacties

Read: The Psychology of Time Travel

I picked up The Psychology of Time Travel (2018), in Copenhagen’s Fantask. It was written by Kate Mascarenhas and it’s her first novel.

The book features female characters mostly. Four of them invented time travel, one of them is a grand-child of the inventors who mentally broke down after time travelling too long. The story jumps back and forth between years and is basically a murder mystery.

I found the plot original, witty at times. Don’t expect a realistic scenario when it comes to time travel, as characters meet each other older/younger selves which doesn’t interfere with actual course of events. The end was a bit confusing, as if the author felt a bit rushed to make an end to the story. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed reading it. If only to immerse oneself in a book where female characters are portrayed as scientists and inventors. Some kind, others not so kind. Just like in real life.

Door |2021-08-31T17:32:17+02:0031 augustus 2021|boeken, flow, vrouw|0 Reacties

Read: Atomic Habits

The Man bought (and read) the book Atomic Habits by James Clear a while ago. When I was searching for a new book to read, I found this title in our digital library and asked him whether it was worth my time. He said yes, so I read it this weekend.

The main message in the book is to create small habits that make you better 1% a day. Accumulative, over the course of a year for instance, you’ve become a lot better. Clear describes in his book how you can create such atomic habits.

One of the most helpful elements of Clear’s method for me is to shift your focus from setting big goals (I want to write a book) to daily routines that can lead to such big goals (I write one page every day). I’m now figuring out what tiny habits I want to create that serve me identity best.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to turn (small) bad habits into good habits, whether this is a personal goal (loos weight) or a business goal (get more clients).

Door |2021-02-21T15:26:59+02:0021 februari 2021|boeken, flow|0 Reacties

Read: The Midnight Library

The first book I’ve read this year. Or rather, finished reading this year. I loved reading it. It’s a book by Matt Haig. Although a bestselling author, I didn’t read any of his other books, so this was my first acquaintance with his writing style. I can tell he writes for children as well as his prose is very accessible.

The central idea of this book is what happens if you are able to live the infinite number of lives you could have lived if you’d made different choices in your life. This is what happens to the main character of the book, a woman called Nora. In her mid-thirties she feels too miserable to live on and ends up in such a space. She gets the opportunity to try on different versions of her life.

The finale of the book carries a message across that there is no such thing as a perfect life. Anyone who feels the burden of missed opportunities and wrong decisions in their life could be inspired by this book. At least I was. Due to its accessible writing style I would even recommend it to teenagers aged sixteen and up.

Order The Midnight Library from your local bookshop
Door |2021-01-03T18:46:47+02:003 januari 2021|boeken, flow|0 Reacties
Ga naar de bovenkant