4 Books In 4 Weeks

Books I read in my first month of unemployment

Being unemployed means I have a lot more time on my hands. I’ve not only started writing more, but I’ve started reading more too. Here are some books I read in the month of January.

Fake Love Letters, Forged Telegrams, and Prison Escape Maps: Designing Graphic Props for Filmmaking by Annie Atkins

This book was beautifully designed and shows the details of film props that often go unseen. Annie Atkins is a graphic designer specializing in props used in films. Most notably, she created the graphics seen Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. She details her process of creating historically accurate props, as well as more imaginative props. The book includes dozens of images of props such as newspapers, passports, packaging, and signage. If you’re curious to know what goes on in the graphic design world for films, this is a must-read.

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

The Reader was good, but also an uncomfortable read. It chronicles the love affair between a boy and older woman in post-war Germany. It was also turned into a movie staring Kate Winslet. Overall, I liked it because of the crime “worse than murder” that the woman commits. It was a fast-paced book with a plot twist and I finished it in a week.

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

This book was at the top of my Christmas list last year and I was lucky enough to receive it as a gift. In Five Years is a novel about a woman who always has an answer for “where do you see yourself in five years?” But, when she dreams her life is completely different in five years, she starts to worry that her perfect planning will go awry. Although a much different book from The Reader, this story also has a plot twist that I was not expecting. The story is not only a love story, but also a tale about strong female friendship. It was the first novel I read in 3 years and it won’t be the last.

Home Body by Rupi Kaur

Home Body is a book of poetry that I found a little disappointing. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of poetry (except for haikus), but I have read Rupi Kaur’s other books of poetry, Milk and Honey, and The Sun and Her Flowers, because they were all the rage at the time they were released. Home Body is about trauma, feminism, and maybe a little bit about the pandemic and staying home. Given some of the subjects it covers, I feel bad for saying I didn’t enjoy it. I finished the book in 2 days and was left feeling uninspired and a bit sad. Maybe that was the intention though. I wouldn’t recommend this book unless you’re a fan of poetry, especially the kind you might see on Tumblr or Instagram. I would, however, recommend Milk and Honey. That was her first book of poetry and maybe the only poetry that’s ever seemed to resonate with me.

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  1. Mairead

    The books were beautifully described well done on reading so much. Maybe it’s time to write your own book just a thought…

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