At the end of October, I finally got back to doing some reading. I would've read more in September and October but it took me FOREVER to finish the first book I'm going to talk about... and not because it was a long read.
D.V. by Diana Vreeland
2 out of 5 stars
As someone who is interested in fashion, there are some books that are must reads for a proper education in the industry. "D.V." is one of those books that many guides suggest you read. But I suggest you don't. This book is only 196 pages long and it took me two months to read it. I am by no means a slow reader but I felt myself dragging through this book. I had no desire to pick it up even when I was incredibly bored. I just felt that this book was about nothing. Usually these memoir-esque books have some kind of driving force behind them like a chronological order of the person's life or advice on how they got to where they are. This had none of that. It was sporadic and random and I felt like I was rereading sections a lot because I wasn't sure what was happening. If you like that kind of thing then maybe you'll enjoy this book.
Sex and Rage by Eve Babitz
3 out of 5 stars
I was already way more interested in this book after reading only nine pages the first day than I was the entire time reading "D.V." I think for me, it's easier to read if I switch up genres with every book I read so I'm not reading memoir after memoir or multiple fiction novels in a row, unless they're a series, of course. "Sex and Rage" is a fiction novel about a writer named Jacaranda and that's pretty much all I can tell you about it. Honestly, this book was a little confusing and disjointed but I think that was the point since Jacaranda struggles with alcoholism in the novel. While it was an interesting read, it's not something that I'm immediately recommending to people who ask what book to read next.
Sort of a tangent to this, but Nolan and I started using an app called Goodreads where you can track all of your books that you've read, that you're currently reading or that you want to read. It's fun to see our libraries expand as we remember more books we've read or as we finish books we're working on. It also offers suggestions based on what you've read and liked — you're able to rate books so the app gets an idea of the content you enjoy. I'm excited to go home and scan all the books in my bookcase to add to my library.
Leave your suggestions for books I should add to my list down in the comments! My reading will probably slow back down now that baby Kal is here, but I'll try to read a book or two a month!
So I thought I'd do some small book reviews because I have plenty of free time in my unemployed life to read... but there wasn't much reading going on in August. There were more naps and Netflix than reading, but I'd still like to tell you all about the book I read this month and what's on my reading list for September!
Touch by Courtney Maum
4 out of 5 stars
I was recommended this book via Belletrist (@belletrist on Instagram), the social media book club founded by Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss. Interesting that a social media book club chooses a book that focuses on tech vs. touch. The novel was a little slow moving at first, but once you get into the revelations that trend forecaster Sloane Jacobsen begins to make while working in-house at Mammoth, a tech-company that feels slightly Apple-esque, the book really picks up speed. The plot was a little predictable and the final chapter seemed like too neat of ending for me but it was still a good read nonetheless and gets you thinking about our relationships with tech and our relationships with actual human beings.
For September, I'm going to finish up "D.V." by Diana Vreeland, former editor-in-chief of Vogue, and hopefully start and finish "Sex and Rage: A Novel" by Eve Babitz. There are about 30 other books on my list in a notebook, but I'm just trying to take it one book (and nap) at a time right now.
Let me know what you think of Maum's novel and what books you'd recommend in the comments!