November, 2014


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Nov 14

The Life and Dreams of Pimientos de Padrón by Katherine Anne Lee

Book: The Life and Dreams of Pimientos de Padrón
Author: Katherine Anne Lee
Available: Out now
If you enjoy this book you might like: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Summary: This is the story of Pimientos de Padrón. Let yourself be swept away to a faraway place where everything is possible. Dreams can be dreamt and fairy tales come true. Meet the six unique peppers. Accompany their journey from the valley of hopes and dreams to a vibrant city, which opens the door to the world for them.

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Hi everyone,

Hope you’re having good weeks and getting excited in the run up to Christmas! These last two days I’ve been completely engrossed in Katherine Anne Lee’s second novel, The Life and Dreams of Pimientos de Padrón.

If I was to describe this book in one word? Calm. I read it during my commute and I found myself completely relaxed for a change as people pushed me around and stole seats!

The story follows six peppers as they grow on the plants and their journey as they’re picked, sold and eaten. It’s a really sweet story, although be warned – it’s a nightmare to read when you’re hungry!

The plot also raises a lot of questions about the spiritual side of life, and there’s a lot about finding your own path, as well as questions about soul, but to be perfectly honest, I was more drawn to the actual story of the peppers.

Katherine feeds you extraordinary amounts of detail without saying very much at all. For example, there’s a passage where the peppers are still growing, and panic as a storm hits. I loved how Katherine explains the dangers of bad weather for the condition of the peppers through their perspective. Humans barely feature in the story, only where really necessary – it keeps all the focus on the peppers, and I think helps to keep the sense of calm throughout the story.

Each pepper is unique, in personality, shape and size – Flavio is a wannabe mafia boss, Kim is a superficial and cares about her appearance, Winston is an investigator, Marple is the voice of reason, Clark is in awe of nature, and Apollo is very innocent and childlike.

I have to say I was drawn most to Apollo, I think you’re kind of supposed to be, but I also really liked Marple and Kim. Kim might be superficial but she’s hilarious, while Maple is interesting as you never really get a proper glimpse into her ambitions, although you do with the others.

I’ll definitely be heading to Borough Market to pick up some peppers to try!

What have you all been reading this week?

Julie x


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Nov 14

Returning to blogging with Lena Dunham’s ‘Not That Kind of Girl’

Book: Not That Kind of Girl: A young woman tells you what she’s ‘learned’
Author: Lena Dunham
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Available: Out now
If you enjoy this you might like: How to be a Woman – Caitlin Moran

 

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Hi everyone!

It’s been literally months since my last post, and I apologise, but life suddenly got incredibly hectic and something had to give! However I’ve constantly been reading and waiting for when I could start reviewing again, and finally have found the time.

I’ve heard a lot about Lena Dunham’s new book ‘Not That Kind of Girl: A young woman tells you what she’s learned’, and while I’ve only ever seen one episode of her TV show girls, I was intrigued and decided to read it myself. Lena’s stories are so, so awkward, but hilarious. She’s very blunt and honest which I really loved, because I feel like sometimes in autobiographies, you get the author’s sugar-coated version of events.

Not with her. She’s brutally honest about everything from what she struggles with when it comes to dating, to her body image issues. Her way of writing is pretty inspiring – she has nothing to hide, and even recounts moments where she has acted in a way that doesn’t particularly endear you to her. That’s not to say I didn’t like her throughout the book. She has a refreshing style, and there was a particularly sweet passage where she speaks about why she loves her Dad. It’s a really personal touch but it sums up her book – it’s a real insight into the mind and life of someone who has shot to fame for her brave and bold approach to life.

Definitely worth a read if you’re a young woman in your twenties, but also I think if you’re looking for an autobiography with a difference.

Have you read it? Let me know what you think :)

Next post will be on its way soon!

Julie x x

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