Book Haul & Reading Update – December 2019

It’s this time for the last bookish update of 2019!

It’s a short and sweet wrap-up for December. I read only one short book, and a bunch of pages in another one, and I managed to not buy any new books. Although technically I did, but it was a present from Gideon to me that I just had to get myself. Or something like that.

The New Book

Practical Magic – Alice Hoffman

As children, sisters Gillian and Sally were forever outsiders in their small New England town, teased, taunted and shunned for the sense of magic that seemed to hang in the air around them. All Gillian and Sally ever wanted was to get away.
Years later, tragedy brings the sisters back together. They’ll find that no matter what else may happen, they’ll always have each other.

See, just one book. You may remember that I got Rules Of Magic at the beginning of the year, which is the prequel to this book. Back then I knew I wanted to pick this one up one day as well, but I wasn’t really set on getting it any time soon. When the holidays rolled around in December Gideon told me that I could buy myself a book for Sinterklaas, and when I saw this one in the bookstore I thought it was a fun one to pick up. I am hoping for some romance and some magic, and maybe a little bit of drama. But mostly I am hoping for a quick, easy and enchanting read, both for this one and for Rules Of Magic, because I need some good spring and summer books and these sound perfect for that!

What I Read

Mrs Rosie And The Priest – Giovanni Boccaccio

Bawdy tales of pimps, cuckolds, lovers and clever women from the fourteenth-century Florentine masterpiece The Decameron.

I picked this up in November (find that complete book haul here) and finished it in two sittings in December. Mainly because when I first started reading it I was waiting for le boyfriend so I couldn’t finish it right away. With only 54 pages it is a short read, but it is so so good. I laughed out loud several times, and I still think about the following sentence occasionally: “… and she was one of the best-looking and most fanciable girls in Pisa, though admittedly there aren’t many there who don’t look like hairy spiders.” I died at that one. These short stories are definitely a little more scandalous than you would expect from a fourteenth-century writer, but they really are very enjoyable. I don’t think I could pick a favourite, they were all great in their own way. I definitely want to read the full book/collection thing that they originally come from, and I’m just hoping that translation is as entertaining as this one. I gave it 4 stars, but thinking back I wonder why I didn’t give it 5.

The Idiot Brain – Dean Burnett

Motion sickness. Nightmares. Forgetting people’s names. Why did I walk into this room?
For something supposedly so brilliant and evolutionarily advanced, the human brain is pretty messy, fallible and disorganised. In The Idiot Brain neuroscientist Dean Burnett celebrates the imperfections of the human brain in all their glory, and the impact of these quirks on our daily lives. Expertly researched and entertainingly written, this book is for anyone who has wondered why their brain seems to be sabotaging their life, and what on earth it is really up to.

This one I haven’t finished yet, but I did definitely read a good chunk of it in December, and I am hoping to finish it this month. I am currently almost halfway through (49% to be exact) and I am loving it a lot. It is such an interesting funny read, with so many sentences I want to read out loud to Gideon and so much information I want to try and remember. Which is also kind of the reason that I am reading it a bit slower than I’d like to, there is so much information to process that I can’t read a whole lot of it in one sitting. I struggle a little with all those scientific brain part names, my (idiot) brain just can’t handle that stuff too well. However, it is still very interesting, so funny and just a really good read. I feel like this is a good way into non-fiction for me, and I am hoping (and expection) that this will motivate me to read even more non-fiction, if I can find similarly written books.

It’s a short but sweet book update this time, and I already can’t wait for the next one. 7 days into January and I already got some books I am very excited to show you.. 😉

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