If you’re like me, you can’t simply finish a book, put it back on its shelf, and move on to the next one. Instead, I think it over once, I think it over twice, and then I try to find out if this book has changed me. Some books teach me who I am, and others educate me about important matters such as politics, history, and identity. Whichever book I read, there’s always a lesson to be learned. Here you can read about what I’ve learned from the books I’ve read so far.
“Boredom… Oh, I’m so bored. Life is dreadful. I don’t care about anything.” Sounds like a good book, right? Gerard Reve’s The Evenings, about nothing but boredom, is regarded as an absolute classic of Dutch literature.
Writing an autobiography about a fictional character sounds like a contradictio in terminis. This one, about Star Trek’s Jean-Luc Picard makes you want to believe it all were real.
Who are we? Are we defined by what we do, by what we know, by what we feel – or by what others think of us? Milan Kundera ponders this question in his novel Immortality.
Are witches evil old women, or can they actually change the world? Alix E. Harrow tries to answer this question in her novel The Once and Future Witches.
Everyone feels lonely from time to time. Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland shows us what it is that gives our lives meaning.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera is a not-so-good-book which makes you think about Big Things. And it doesn’t even mean to.
The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath’s only novel, is often seen as an extension of her own life. There’s so much more to it, though!
Can you imagine what it would be like to find out you’re gay when you’ve grown up in a strict Christian community? Jeanette Winterson writes about it in her part true/part fictional memoir.
Sometimes, reading a book makes me aware how little I know about the world. Khaled Hosseini’s novel A Thousand Splendid Suns is about war-torn Afghanistan, and it shows how much I still have to learn.
Do we ever truly grow up? Or will there always be a part of us that remains a child forever? A. C. Wise’s Peter Pan retelling Wendy, Darling tries to settle the matter once and for all.
Haruki Murakami’s novel Norwegian Wood is about love, the 1960s, and The Beatles. Or so it seems.
Going on holiday is a wholesome experience. Come join the Stevens family on their holiday in R. C. Sherriff’s rediscovered classic The Fortnight in September!
Archaeology teaches us about the past, and about ourselves. So what does a book about archaeology teach us? Let’s find out.
Is it possible to write a feminist novel with a male protagonist? Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffi Brodesser-Akner shows the answer is yes!
David Mitchell has written a new novel! It’s about the 1960s and its music – my favourite!
Sally Rooney has just published a new novel! To celebrate this, let’s take a look at her debut.
Life is like a dance; it’s fun, it’s exhausting, it swings, but most of all it keeps moving. Zadie Smith’s Swing Time is about how dancing and finding yourself.
Olaf Stapledon’s Star Maker is one of the most unique books I’ve ever read. It’s physics, it’s politics, it’s philosophy, and it’s brilliant.
“You cannot be serious!” Today I’m combining tennis and books, by focusing on John McEnroes autobiography Serious.
Insane, or not insane? Susanna Kaysen’s memoir tells us how it’s all in the eye of the beholder.