The Lonely City by Olivia Laing
Look, I read another nonfiction book, are you proud of me?
So I think I actually found the recommendation for this book on Instagram which is very unlike me but seems to have worked out ok.
This is a book, as the title suggests, about loneliness. It kind of merges the author’s period of loneliness with the art that helped her overcome it. Although this book is about loneliness, it’s more about lonely artists than loneliness itself if that makes sense. It seemed like the book kind of became less about loneliness and more about social issues as the book went on. Many of the artists she talked about were gay and ended up with AIDs etc.
Side note that apparently I still do not understand how these new settings work and how to use the “show more” feature anymore… if that even is a feature now. I HATE CHANGE.
I ultimately enjoyed this book a fair bit although I wasn’t quite prepared for how art history it was going to be. However in that respect I appreciated that it isn’t a self help book in any regards, it’s just a look at some lonely people and the art they created. I definitely feel like I learned about different artists (even if I cannot remember their names). I think since this book really wasn’t preachy and is just telling you about these people’s (usually pretty terrible) lives, it was actually pretty easy to read. It wasn’t dry and stiff but rather quite juicy and ….flexible(?).
I think I would recommend this book if you like learning about artists and gay issues. Warning that this book is very adult and does talk a lot about sex and sexuality and death and pain etc. But not a punishing nonfiction experience.
#36 of 2019
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
This is a teen gay romance. The book is told from both of their perspectives and is split into three sections. The first part of the book is spent with them trying to find each other after a chance encounter. Then the rest of the book is all about their relationship. Continue reading “(7) What If It’s Us // Bookish Blurb”
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Basically, Simon is a closet gay high schooler who ends up emailing some other gay kid at his school but they don’t know who each other is. And they fall in love via email but Simon is forced to come out to the school all the while trying to find this boy who is stealing his heart. It’s a very quick easy read especially since it goes back and forth between the narration and the emails they exchange. Continue reading “(16) Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda // Bookish Blurb”
The Unseen World by Liz Moore
This book follows our main character, Ada, who lives with her highly intelligent yet socially odd father. He is her entire world (he raised her on his own and teaches her everything) and when he starts to fall apart so does her world and everything she believes to be true. The majority of the book is set in the 1980s when Ada is just becoming a teenager but then there are periods in the book that go both forwards and back in time. Continue reading “(44) The Unseen World // Bookish Blurb”
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
At first I wasn’t going to write about this book because I have some mixed feelings but then I though maybe I should write about it since I have these mixed feelings. Anyway, here it goes.
First off, I should be clear that this is a good book. It was well written and gripping. I read it in less than 24 hrs. It’s about two guys (Aristotle and Dante) who become friends. They are both misfits and don’t really have other friends but other than that they aren’t very similar. Also they are Mexican-American which isn’t something I usually find in books.
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