To Read or Not To Read

It’s been a minute since I’ve picked up a book. It’s been years since I’ve picked up a book unrelated to my college courses. I admit it! I slacked off on reading in college. I never felt the urge to invest in even more books after putting down at least $200 every semester. More so, I never felt the urge to read more than was asked of me in college. It’s a shame, but hey, I’m back and I’m itching to pick up a book! Or forty?

I’ve learned about some great books, so I’ve listed a few that have made it to the top of my “to read” list.

Me Talk Pretty One Day | David Sedaris
I recently went to Barnes & Noble with a friend and she picked up this book. When she went to check the price with an employee, he couldn’t stop raving about it. He was a huge David Sedaris fan, and has even gone to his readings! That night, I looked him up and found that he was topic of an article on TIME that I really loved. I can’t wait to get this book. It’s supposed to be literally laugh out loud funny!

When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi
This book has been recommended far and wide. A friend of mine read it for school and really liked it. If I recall correctly, it even made him cry, and he doesn’t cry easily. It’s also one of those bestseller books you see everywhere. I’ve also seen people I admire reading it, from YouTuber Joan Kim to BLACKPINK member, Rosé. I think it’ll be a tough read because I cry quite easily, but I definitely need to get to it soon.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck | Mark Manson
It’s time to start reading self-help books/guides. This one looks like a good one. Honest, real, and perfect for “this generation.” It claims to “cut through the crap,” and I’m all for it. BLACKPINK’s Rosé, who I mentioned earlier, was also caught reading this. It’s safe to say I’m intrigued. It’ll be my first dip into the self-help section, and though this take on it is a bit wild, I’m still excited!

1984 | George Orwell
A classic.. That I somehow have not yet read. I’m not usually the best at making sense of classic novels, but I really want to try. 1984 sounds really interesting, and for some reason it has come up a lot in conversation over the past few months. I want to know what it’s all about!

The Japanese Mind | Roger J. Davies
I read excerpts of this book while I studied in Japan. We were required to read it for a class, so I definitely skimmed over pages here and there. Japan fascinates me. A few friends and I recently stayed up until 5am discussing Japanese culture, among a variety of other topics. Also, I’m Japanese! I’m considering taking up a Japanese language class because I really do want to learn. Hopefully I can get myself to read this before taking a language class.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette | Maria Semple
For some reason, this book has always stuck with me. Maybe it was the cover. It intrigued me, and is quite striking and therefore memorable. People raved about this around the time of its release. Is it finally my turn to get in on the fun? I hope so.

What are some of your favorite books? What book are you itching to pick up next? Please share below!

xo, Kris

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