What I Read in August

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How can it be that we are already in September?! It seems like 2019 started yesterday!

So, hello September. And, because it is already a tradition (and I love it!), let’s talk about what I read in August.

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

From all the three books that I read this month, Oryx and Crake was the one that remained the most in my mind. And when I say it remained the most, I don’t mean like it is the one I remember the most. I mean like it was the one that made think the most. That scared me the most.

It scared me not because it is a horror book, it actually is just another dystopia (which I love). It scared me because the story being told seems to be getting closer to reality by the second.

This month the fires on the Amazon Rainforest peaked. And I only knew about it, and people just really started talking about it because one day at 3PM the sky in São Paulo, the biggest city in Brazil, turned black and people started asking why it was “night” so early. That day was scary. I’m not kidding when I say the sky looked like it came out from an apocalyptic movie.

Oryx and Crake tells the story of Snowman (previously called Jimmy), one of the last human beings living on earth. He is supposed to take care of the Crakers, a lab made human-like creature.

Jimmy was born in a wealthy family, and his father worked on important multinationals, which means he lived inside those corporation’s privileged compounds. In one of these compounds he meets Crake, his genius best friend and the mastermind behind the Crakers. Because Crake is a genius, he manages to go to the best college and get the best job available. When adults, Crake hires Jimmy to work alongside him on his special project, and there our dear Snowman meets the love of his life: Oryx (who is also Crake’s lover).

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

 You probably already know Shonda Rhimes. And if you don’t, you probably have at least heard about one of the following tv shows she writes and/or produces: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to get away with murder (and more).

Besides being a successful writer and mother of three, Shonda was an introvert that got very nervous on public appearances. And panic attack nervous before interviews. And, because of that, she started to say no to everything outside her comfort zone. Until her sister said “you never say yes to anything” while making the thanksgiving dinner.

After the thanksgiving episode, Shonda promised that she would spend one year saying yes to everything. And that’s what she did. On the book she tells us the story and feelings from her yes year, and it is very funny and worth every page.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

This is one of those books that the algorithm made me buy it. For months Amazon’s algorithm kept recommending me Fahrenheit 451, until one day I bought it.

The book tells the story of firefighter Guy Montag, who lives in a country where books are prohibited, and the job of the firefighters is to burn them (after all, the houses became fire safe). In this futuristic dystopian reality, people are obsessed with tv, having multiple screens in one room. As a result of the downfall of books and education, most humans seem unable to think outside of the government approved box.

Now I get why the algorithm kept recommending it to me. This is the kind of book I enjoy. It also is a classic, so here is another excuse to read it. Not that you need one.

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