October 2020: What I … Read

When I was writing October summary it seemed too crammed to include also book I’ve read. I decided to split them and you can read the first part October 2020: What I … Made.

In these uncertain days I reach for some comforting and not-heavy reading. I need some distraction and warm, simple story. It doesn’t necessary mean romantic books. But I struggle to find some which tick these criteria and aren’t about love. If you have any recommendations, feel free to put them in the comments below. I still remember the feeling when reading ‘The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared‘ and looking for something similar. Update: I just discovered that there is new book from Jonas Jonasson, Sweet, sweet Revenge Ltd. so I’m diving into it tonight.

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Here are reads/listens of October:

The Shelf by Helly Acton

This one is certainly interesting and funny read. Honestly, I wasn’t in the mood to think about all the social topics sketched there so I’ll probably re-read it again. What is good is that the story allows you this – you can acknowledge these pressing feminist topics and dig deeper – or you don’t have to.

The plot is about group of girls who find themselves being dump and left in TV reality show to learn how to be “marriage material”. There are all sorts of characters representing different attitudes and opinions, I believe each reader will find her favorite one. This book is another piece to current discussion about what society expects from us women and that some requirements and behaviour should be challenged at least.

The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley

Wow, I really enjoyed this one. It was exactly what I needed. The story flew by smoothly and leave you with interesting mix of feeling calm, good but also thinking about yourself being authentic.

Julian, Monica, Hazard (yep), and others are main characters of this pleasant book, each struggling with its own personality, lives, social assumptions and many more. It’s the kind of story where community is build which is always lovely. The plot itself is not as straightforward as in The Shelf and some turns I haven’t expected. The writing was truly good. I’m not a native english speaker so there were some new words to learn 🙂

Supermaker by Jaime Schmidt

I chose this one as an audio-book to listen while I crocheted my last project. And must say, it makes it continue way faster as I can spend hours listening and making alongside. I’m still an hour till the end, but the majority of the story is behind me.

Do you know the natural deodorants Schmidt’s? Because this book is written and narrated by the founder itself! It occurred to me to search them when I was in the middle of the book, and then I realized that I’ve seen them also in the Czech drugstores yet I haven’t try them yet. Jaime Schmidt tells her story how and why she founded the Schmidt’s Naturals brand and how it become global brand. I mostly enjoyed the beginnings when she describes the joy of making and exploring nature cosmetics in her small kitchen and selling on local markets. What is inspiring is that Jaime shares some tips and tricks on how to grow your small business and what to watch out for when expanding. And her voice is calming and pull you in the world of making natural cosmetics.