Monday, May 23, 2005

Reading fever

No baking today. I continued reading Alain de Botton's "How Proust can change your life". It's an insightful book. My friend lent me this and another of his book "The consolations of philosophy". I prefer this book to the other one as it is witty and I could relate to parts of the book. For example, in one of the chapters aptly named "How to open your eyes", it talks about how beauty can be found in simple and ordinary things like bowls of fruits, bread and sometimes the work of some artists can bring out the charm in the environment we are so used to seeing everyday. There is no need to be envious of others or wish we are surrounded with glittery things or expensive objects to be happy.

The 2nd book I read was Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic & Sister - a birthday present from a friend. This is my first time reading her book and any books about shopping. At times, I do find the main character Becky Bloomwood a little irritating at not able to curb her shopping addiction but she can be endearing sometimes, especially towards the end. It is an easy read as compared to de Botton's books which require some digestion and pondering of personal values.

1 comment:

JerL said...

I can't stand Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series, I read one of the books and I was already fed up with the main character Becky. She is self-deceiving and living in her own unrealistic world. I find her very lazy and irresponsible. I find her so irritating that I gave up reading barely a third of it. The shopping part didn't excite me at all. I find that although I love shopping, I do keep it within my budget and means. I do pay up my credit card bills on time, so there are a lot of issues I disagree with the writer.