I decided that I was going to treat myself to a few books which I had seen making their way around youtube, twitter and Facebook recently, so I did some online book buying at Waterstones.
THE VEGETARIAN by Han Kang
Translated by Deborah Smith
Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable flatline of their marriage is interrupted when Yeong-hye, seeking a more ‘plant-like’ existence, decides to become a vegetarian, prompted by grotesque recurring nightmares. In South Korea, where vegetarianism is almost unheard-of and societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye’s decision is a shocking act of subversion. Her passive rebellion manifests in ever more bizarre and frightening forms, leading her bland husband to self-justified acts of sexual sadism. His cruelties drive her towards attempted suicide and hospitalisation. She unknowingly captivates her sister’s husband, a video artist. She becomes the focus of his increasingly erotic and unhinged artworks, while spiralling further and further into her fantasies of abandoning her fleshly prison and becoming – impossibly, ecstatically – a tree.
I am really looking forward to reading this one as I have heard lots of good things about it. I don’t really want to look to much into it before I read it, but I think it will be different to want I am used to reading.
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k By Sarah Knight
Are you stressed out, overbooked and underwhelmed by life? Fed up with pleasing everyone else before you please yourself? Then it’s time to stop giving a f**k.
This irreverent and practical book explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame, and guilt – and give your f**ks instead to people and things that make you happy.
From family dramas to having a bikini body, the simple ‘NotSorry Method’ for mental decluttering will help you unleash the power of not giving a f**k and will free you to spend your time, energy and money on the things that really matter.
As you will have seen in my currently reading blog post I am currently reading this one. Giving a F**K is something I do far to often, I care more than I possibly should about things I shouldn’t. I do know this book was written after the author read a book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. From the little bit I have read so far I am expecting this book to be very humorous.