Saturday, 11 March 2017

Hi! So another month, which means it's time for another monthly books! Like I mentioned a couple times  before, I like reading books, and writing about them. With that also comes the constant hunt for some new good books, and that's the reason why I'll write these monthly book posts, for someone who might be in the same situation as me and is just looking for some nice books to read!

When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanthi

"What do you do when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child when your own life fades away? What makes life worth living in the face of death?
at the age of thirty six, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.
When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's transformation from a medical student in search of what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity -the brain- and finally into a patient and a new father"
When Breath Becomes Air is one of the books I picked up on the boat on our way back from England. I was very intrigued by the story of the writer, since he's writing about his own life and experiences, and about the way a patient views the way of being sick, and of being able to struggle to live.
The book is fast phased, but because there's a lot of medical information and medical terms in it, but even though it is fast phased, it doesn't necessarily mean it's a book that I'd finish reading in a day or two. It's beautifully written with a simple use of language, it's very engaging, and even though it completely lacks in self-pity - something you wouldn't easily suspect with subjects like this.
In some ways it was even quite poetic, so that's why I decided to share some of my favorite quotes from the book.
"as a doctor, I had some sense of what patients with life-changing illnesses faced - and it was exactly these moments I had wanted to explore with them. Shouldn't terminal illness, then, be the perfect gift to that young man who had wanted to understand death? What better way to understand it than to live it?"(p.147)
"In English, we use the word time in different ways: 'The time is two forty-five' versus 'I'm going through a tough time' These days, time feels less like a ticking clock and more like a state of being"(p.197)
Like Paul's wife says in the epilogue of the book: "What happened to Paul was tragic, but he was not a tragedy"
" This book carries the urgency of racing against time, of having important things to say. Paul confronted death - examined it, wrestled with it, accepted it - as a physician and a patient "(epilogue. p 216)

The Subtle Knife & The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman.

Subtle Knife: "Lost in a new world, Lyra finds Will - a boy on the run, a murderer - a worthy and welcome ally. For this is a world where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and witches share the sky with troops of angels. 
Each is searching. Lyra for the meaning of dark matter, and Will for his missing father - but what they find instead is a deadly secret, a knife of untold power. And neither Lyra or Will suspect how tightly their lives, their loves, and their destinies are bound together.. until they split apart."

The Amber Spyglass: "In the astonishing finale to the His Dark Materials trilogy, Lyra and Will are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear, and two tiny Gallivespan spies, they must journey to a dank and grey- lit  world where no living soul has ever gone. All the while, Dr Mary Malone builds a magnificent Amber Spyglass. An assassin hunts her down, and Lord Asriel, with a troop of shining angels, fights his mighty rebellion, in a battle of strange allies, a shocking sacrifice. 
As war rages and Dust drains from the sky, the fate of the living - and dead - finally comes to depends on the two children, and the simple truth of one simple story"

As you may or may not know, I've read the first book of His Dark Materials last month (which you can read about here). And I honestly hold the whole trilogy dear to my heart. It's just so well written, especially when you're through the first book and you're just completely grasped by the story. It's just a book you want to keep on reading to see how it ends. And the ending is perfect, let me tell you.
And like I said in my last monthly book post; The book contains some of the classic elements of a fantasy story: magic, mythical creatures and a supernatural phenomena. And what I really like, is that the world that Pullman has created, is intertwined with our own. There are references to cities and countries which we know in our world as well.

So that's it for this month! I didn't read as much books as I'd like (since my aim is to read one book a week) But that's ok! 
demi x.

1 comment:

  1. Wauw mooie boeken! Je hebt ook echt mooie foto's gemaakt. Ik lees op dit moment The Rosie Project, ook een heel leuk boek naar mijn mening :)


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