Living Autobiography by Deborah Levy

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Today I am going to be talking about The Cost of Living and Things I Don’t Want to Know by Deborah Levy, from her Living Autobiography!

I received this book from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review!

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Things I Don’t Want to Know

Release Date: August 21st, 2018 40673352
Pages: 176 Pages
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton

Things I Don’t Want to Know is the first in Deborah Levy’s essential three-part “living autobiography” on writing and womanhood.
Taking George Orwell’s famous essay, “Why I Write”, as a jumping-off point, Deborah Levy offers her own indispensable reflections of the writing life. With wit, clarity and calm brilliance, she considers how the writer must stake claim to that contested territory as a young woman and shape it to her need. Things I Don’t Want to Know is a work of dazzling insight and deep psychological succour, from one of our most vital contemporary writers.

This collection of essays is one that I found myself unable to set down! There are 4 essays in this collection that are all titled after George Orwells four motives for writing.

Levy takes these four motives and uses them to tell her own stories.

Throughout these essays we get to see Levy grow and share anecdotes from her life that are both interesting and unique. We see her live in different places and the situations that occurred in these places.

These essays take us on Levy’s writing journey, we get to see the influences in her life that have impacted how she writes.

If you are a writer then you have to pick this collection up, and if you’re not a writer, still pick it up.

The Cost of Living

Release Date: August 21st, 2018 38240640
Pages: 144 Pages
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton

Crystalline, witty and audacious, The Cost of Living addresses itself to the dual experiences of writing and of womanhood, examining what is essential in each. Following the acclaimed Things I Don’t Want to Know, which reflected deeply on the nature of gender politics and a life in letters, The Cost of Living returns to the same subject and to the same life, to find a writer in radical flux. If a woman dismantles her life, expands it and puts it back together in a new shape, how might she describe this new composition? “Words have to open the mind. When words close the mind you can be sure that someone has been reduced to nothingness.”
In this elegiac second instalment of her “living autobiography,” Deborah Levy considers what it means to live with value and meaning and pleasure. The Cost of Living is a vital and astonishing testimony, as distinctive, wide-ranging and original as Levy’s acclaimed novels.

This book was one that really made me think long and hard. We see Deborah go through so many life changes, including leaving her marriage of two decades, forming new relationships with her daughters, and about reinventing her creativity.

I found Deborah inspiring throughout this book. It is never easy to upend your life and make big changes, but she did so with ease without apology.

I highly recommend everyone pick this piece up, it will be a book you pick up time and time again. The concepts in this novel are constantly relatable and important.

That concludes my review for Things I Don’t Want to Know and The Cost of Living by Deborah Levy.

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Until next time,

Rimpy Toor


Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

Hi everyone! Long time no see.

I have been super busy this month studying for my certification exam, so it has been extremely difficult for me to do anything else.

Fortunately, I found some time to review this ARC that I received from Raincoast Books!

Let’s get into it!

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The Wicked King by Holly Black

Hello everyone!

Time for another review, this one is for a novel that I have been excited to read since January of 2018, so you couldn’t imagine my excitement when I received this novel for review!

I received this novel from Hachette Book Group Canada in return for an honest review. I’d like to thank them so much for providing me with an ARC for this incredible novel.

Let’s jump into the review shall we!

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A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

It’s time.

I finally finished A Reaper at the Gates after my recent re-read, and oh girl, was it good.

I’m so very excited to share this review with you all, because I have a lot of things to say.

I received this novel from Penguin Random House in return for an honest review!

Let’s get into it!

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The Last Best Story by Maggie Lehrman

Hello everyone!

This post is one that I’m hesitant to write, mainly because I really don’t know what my feelings about this novel are. I tried to give it a couple days, but several days after reading it I’m still unsure about how I feel!

I’ve decided to just jump into the review and write down exactly what I feel at the current moment!

I’d like to thank Harper Collins for providing me with a review copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review!

Let’s jump into it.

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That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger

Hey guys!

I know it’s been a while, but I have a new review for you guys for a book that I really enjoyed!

I was sent this book from Scholastic in return for an honest review, and I am so excited to finally hash out all of my thoughts regarding the novel!

Let’s jump into it!

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Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Oh my goodness guys, this novel is one that I still have not fully digested. It was incredibly confusing, yet such a hard read to put down.

That being said, I don’t really want to wait much longer to share my feelings about this novel, so let’s jump into the review!

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Visit Vancouver: Bookstores

Hey everyone!

Today I have a slightly different blog post for you all! I was out today with my friend and we went to Vancouver to shop and visit bookstores. I found so many different bookstores that I’d never heard about, and all of them sold used books, which was incredible for my wallet!

I don’t know about you, but I love just being in a bookstore and enjoying the environment. I can just empty my mind and look at some amazing novels, it’s such a calming atmosphere filled with book lovers!

If you live close to Vancouver, or are planning on visiting any time soon, definitely check all of these beautiful bookstores out!

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Learning to Breathe by Janice Lynn Mather (Blog Tour + Author Written Piece)

Hello everyone!

Today is my day for the Learning to Breathe blog tour being run by Simon & Schuster!

I am so excited for this because I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I’m so very excited to share the written piece by Janice Lynn Mather!

Let’s jump right into it!

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