The Catalogue: No. 4

Saturday, May 26, 2018


Three books to get you back into reading! 


Unlike LC, I basically stopped reading “for fun” in college. When classes had me reading Silencing the Past: Power and Production of History by Michel Ralph Trouillot or The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir, I not only didn’t want to read any other books, but I couldn’t seem to make the time. 

After taking the GMAT (more on this at another time), I decided I wanted to pick up reading again. Here are the three books to start when you’re an ex-reader trying to get back into reading:

Pachinko | Min Jin Lee

This book honestly blew me away and gave me “reading feels” that I thought I had lost. It was so good that I was on vacation in Toronto and couldn’t stop reading it on the bus/train/at dinner/etc. The author spent 4 years living in Japan to do research for this book and it definitely paid off. The novel is a historical fiction about several generations of a Korean immigrant family living in Japan. Told from different perspectives, the book draws the reader into each character's feelings. If I had to choose one book for any of my friends to read, I’d recommend this one! It's by far at the top of my mental favorite books list. 


A Man Called Ove | Fredrik Backman

This is a simple read, but one that keeps you turning the pages. I recommend this book for anyone trying to get back into reading because of the simplicity of the writing style. If you’ve been out of college for a few years, this is a easy book to begin with and it doesn’t take very long to complete. You will laugh at the main character, feel frustrated with him, and feel immense sadness for him. BONUS: If you want to read a darker, slightly Riverdale-esque novel of his, check out Beartown.


Men Without Women | Haruki Murakami

If you’ve ever read any of Murakami’s other works, you know already how whimsical his writing and stories feel. This collection of short stories is quite literally about “men without women”. The characters have either lost women to other men or to death, but each story is different. If you don’t have that much time to spend reading, I’d really recommend this collection of stories. You can spend 15 - 30 minutes a day and read one of his short stories each morning/night. 



Let good books back into your life.

CL

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