So this was inspired by Sophia’s What are you listening to? thread.
There is a thread with the same topic on the site, but it was from 2016, and since it’s 2023 now (not quite a decade later, but we’re getting there, folks!), and times are different (supposedly), I thought maybe it’d be nice to start over with something brand new. However, if it turns out to be an issue with the moderators, I wouldn’t mind merging.
So to start off, I’ve been checking out Pushkin Press (a publisher) on my local library’s OverDrive site recently, mostly because after reading a couple of books published by them, I noticed they publish a lot of foreign (translated) works and I tend to like reading work by authors from other parts of the world very much, so. Today, the book I picked out from their collection was Soft in the Head from French author Marie-Sabine Roger. And I rather enjoyed it. You see, recently I’ve been trying to decouple from that unhealthy habit of identifying myself with the media I consume/judging myself by the content in them (don’t ever get into doing that, it can get pretty bad, and it’s also very exhausting — I’m a hypocrite but don’t spend too much time on the Internet, honestly) (which is also why I’m taking a break from interactive fiction, for now), and reading something in the kind of coarse tone like I did today was refreshing, honestly, and partly because the main character reminded me of myself (slight spoiler) — despite having and receiving the things he didn’t have, I’m not much more smarter than him, if at all (and he’s very smart, in many ways) (spoiler ends).
I wouldn’t recommend the book to everyone, because there are those who might find it boring (it’s very slice-of-life), but I liked reading about a guy’s life which, on the surface, seems so very different from mine’s. I like reading about people living their lives, in general. The author writes with a very personal style, and it brings the characters and events of the book close to the reader in a way that most other books (that I’ve found, at least) don’t. It’s a very happy and hopeful book, this one, and I’d urge anyone who’s interested in perhaps the heartwarming slice-of-life genre to check it out, give it a try.
And yeah, anyways, that’s my rant for the day! What are you guys reading these days? How’re you finding them? Do leave a reply because I’d love some new recommendations for books (or articles, or poetry, etc. … it doesn’t even have to be books).