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Have you ever read something that leaves you with feelings but takes away your words?

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It’s kind of a touching book

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini is a book that I have read a million times (no not really but like three.) I borrowed it from a friend and never returned it.

There is a part of the book that has stayed with me for a long time, just because I feel it was written with truth. It is easy to tell which part of the book was included for emotion or for a thrill, but this; this was just honest. Yes, I know it was based on the writers real life experience, but sometimes it is easy to fish out sincerity and this was it.

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Right in the feels

This is my first ‘non book’ that I’ve posted here.  But I came across this post and it really hit me in the feels.  I know many girls have been feeling this way too because it’s one of those posts that have been reposted again and again on Facebook. Whatever the writer is speaking about is relatable to many other females but it really sent me on a roller-coaster of emotions…

It’s titled “To the guy who I thought I would grow old with” *runs away and sobs in a corner* It’s a simple but slightly tormenting piece.

Here’s a tiny bit-

"I wiped your tears as you spoke about your family, there’s nothing in this world I loved more than holding your hand and whispering words of reassurance in your ear, because I knew you weren’t broken, you were just bent. And I loved all your edges, all your roughness. Your imperfections were perfect to me"
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Pretty much.

And here’s the link if anyone else wants to cry themselves to sleep.

Vogue Body and Beauty Book- Bronwen Meredith

Well, this was a strange book. With regards to content it was exceptionally unfamiliar to me. I found this book on my sisters bookshelf and started off by scanning through the pages. I did not manage to read it cover to cover but the little that I did see surprised me.

Bronwen Meredith focuses the book on self-maintenance. Now while this might be a common genre choice for some, it is definitely new to me. From the little reading I managed to do, it seems like the book has a good message. Meredith attempts to teach the reader that caring about the way you look is okay, and no one else should tell you otherwise. Some parts were a bit boring, but it is clear the book is written for someone looking for this type of advice.

The writing style is a little instructional as there are various exercises, recipes and diets. The writing differs slightly depending on what she is speaking about. For example, when she speaks about sex; it becomes a bit more personal than when she addresses things such as aging. I think this is brilliant because it made me aware of how one can make a sensitive topic easier to ‘read’. The book also consists of pictures which was a good touch. I love books with some pictures, it is like taking mini-breaks in between your read!

Beer School- Steve Hindy and Tom Potter

I’ve never read a book about beer. In fact, I don’t even drink alcohol. So this might have been a slightly serendipitous choice. Beer School is a refreshing story of how a small business turned into a money-making success, forged through passion and hard work.

I was attracted to this book because it is a story of Brooklyn Brewery which was started up by a journalist and a business man. The tagline of the book was “what do you get when you cross a journalist with a businessman?”, now this is pretty cool for anyone who wouldn’t guess the answer is a successful beer brewing business. And being an aspiring journalist, I imagined it would be a good way to spend a Friday night.

The content focuses much on the target reader being those who seek entrepreneurial success. But this didn’t stop me from turning the page. The interesting thing about writing a book about a consumable is the fun and ‘punny’ lines you could use, and that might have been what kept me going. “Drink up” “Bottling success” “A thirst for success”

Those who go gravitate towards a book of this genre aren’t exactly ready to read lumps of philosophical text about what you would need to be successful. So the writers have strategically used language that is relatable, real and honest.

Honesty in writing is my central struggle, so I am trying to read books that seem to have been written with honesty. The saga of Brooklyn Brewery was a lovely read because I was reading honesty in the simplest form. Instead of a step-by-step guide to starting a brewery, the book is focused on experiences which are conveyed in a way that the reader can put themselves in that situation and imagine the entire thing. When it comes to non-fiction, I find it challenging to immerse myself in the words and enter the world of the writer, but as light-hearted as Beer School was, I successfully became a part of the experience.

 

 

 

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari- Robin Sharma

 

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari yes, I know…what? ‘Monk’ and ‘Ferrari’ in the same sentence?! Well this is a book that I read a while back but decided to go through it again, and jot down some of my thoughts about it.

Honestly, I cannot specify a fault in the way in which this book has been written. Perhaps it was in the way the discipline, life and dreams were depicted, that I managed to see it through the lens of my own opinion. The first few chapters are captivating and fascinating, but it is diseased with a couple of clichés that made me feel a little vexed because I don’t feel that life is just a series of clichés (especially not the ones that were written there). My opinion of Robin Sharma is that he is a capable writer, but I feel that the way, in which the story was packaged, was a wee bit messy and all over the place. In a sentence; it made me uncomfortable.

The moral and ‘life lesson’ is there (the sentiment is too) but I cannot wrap my mind around the way certain parts of it were constructed to try to make whole. It was almost like it was too succinct but enigmatic at the same time. Granted that this might be because the message and principle is targeted at ‘all age’ groups (and by this is don’t mean toddlers. Okay, maybe high school students). So the writing style is a little easy-going (I won’t say sloppy) and not as impressive as many of my other reads. More detail could’ve been helpful to guide ME as a reader. Overall; it was a useful read and this book has never left my book shelf.

#GirlBoss- Sophia Amoruso

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#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso was presented to me on Christmas, as a gift, from my sister. This gift came with a purpose; my sister was moved by the story and wanted to share it with me, hoping that it would inspire me in the same way that it did with her. To be honest, it took me around 3 months to actually open the book and start my little journey. I have never been keen, or in any sort of hurry, to indulge in non-fiction because I always felt that it’s ‘too real’ – Does that make any sense? The idea that what I am reading comes directly from a personal experience (I mean, even trying to comprehend that the source may be a first-hand account) has always been a little unsettling to me.

Amoruso is the CEO of the ever-growing retail line Nasty Gal.

#GirlBoss is a book about business, but not just any business- Business with a touch of feminism and a little bit of everything that we can all relate to. Although the book seemed to be going in the direction of wanting to be placed on an ‘advice shelf’ (like a readers guide or manual of some sort) I really couldn’t find any actual advice when reading through the chapters of the woman’s life. And there’s no doubt that she isn’t a writer, I mean- the entire book is based on her life as a nothing turning into something. Without knowing Amoruso, I read the entire book in a voice that wasn’t my own. I don’t know what she sounds like, but through the words that described her, it was my version of ‘her’ that guided me through each page.

The unconventional nature of her success story was my motivation to keep reading. I am not easily pleased by non-fiction. Usually, I find myself less than halfway through a book and putting it down because it was just not working for me. This, however, was an easy read and I feel that it was written in a way in which one would speak. It didn’t sound like an arrogant billionaire was trying to make herself fit into ‘our world’ or attempting to become slightly relatable to average, lower or middle class society. Nope! It was an honest and humble approach where superficiality only seeped through every 25 pages.

Her writing style is fairly casual and that’s what kept me going, the use of language that we as humans use to SPEAK was a useful tool to keep me reading.

If I had to sum it up, it was an interesting read, to say the least. Helpful? We’ll see! Would I read I again? Some chapters; sure. Others – NOPE

 

Before I start Sometimes I Read;  let it be known that this series will not be a compilation of reviews. I am not at a level (YET) where I have the ability to review other pieces of writing, or books!

For lack of a better explanation; these musings are merely ‘diary entries’ of my reading experiences. Perhaps at some stage, it might also form part of an assignment for my Journalism and Media Studies class.

The focus of this (series) will be on non-fiction and a few pieces from worldly writers, columnist and even other bloggers. Whether they’re good or bad, exciting or confusing (and sometimes maybe even sad) it’s all about the adventure – A rollercoaster reading journal. Lets go!

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