The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Health, Healing, and Beyond: Yoga and the Living Tradition of T. Krishnamacharya by T.K.V. Desikachar
…So… yeah… February ends in just 4 days, and I’m just now getting to write about January’s books. Better late than never… but really I need to make this a priority.
Here we go…
First up was The Immortalists, I started this book in that sweet, sweet period that lies between Christmas and New Year’s. I had just finished A Place for Us, I was combating a cold that had made it’s way through the whole family… and I delved head first into this book, knowing that in a matter of days it would be life back to normal. Work. The routine. I always find it so funny that whenever I’m taking a break from normal life (vacations or holiday breaks), that the break itself isn’t enough, I have to dive head first into a fictional world. Every time. I love it. I live for it actually. Anytime I’m about to leave for a trip or for a long stretch at “home” then I always pack way more books than I’ll realistically have time to get to. So… when I finished one I had tons to choose from, but I finally chose The Immortalists. I say finally because I think I’ve owned this book for like a year before I finally got to it.
I both loved and was underwhelmed by this book. I know, weird, right? How can it be both? And here’s why… this book is about 4 siblings and when they are kids they go see a gypsy fortune teller who tells each one of them the day they will die. After that intro the book moves into parts… 4 parts, one for each sibling. Some of the sibling’s I loved their stories more than the others. For instance the youngest brother’s story was sooooooooo good that when his time came to an end and we were on to the next sibling I just found myself missing the other story so much. It ended up being that both of the brothers were my favorite parts.
The book toys around with fate vs free will, destiny vs self fulfilling prophecy. If you like thinking about these types of things then you would probably enjoy this book. The book came out right at the beginning of 2018 and was on practically everyone’s “best books of the year” lists (NPR, and The Washington Post- that’s “everyone” in case you were wondering. I know you were).
Anyway… I recommend it, but I don’t think it was the best book to come out last year. It’s worth reading though, even if for Simon’s section alone. So good. There are worst ways to start the year off than by reading one of the most noteworthy books from the year prior.
Ok- next up may seem like a strange choice but it is a book about the yogi Krishnamacharya. In yoga teacher training we were supposed to write a paper about Krishnamacharya and my teacher Raj made some comment about people always just copy Wikipedia and write the same thing. So… I was taking FOREVER to turn this paper in because my intention was to actually read a legit book about the dude so that I could drop some knowledge bombs and blow Raj’s mind. So… at Joy’s wedding I promised Raj that I would turn in the paper before a year had passed. So, now that I’ve read the book the paper is up next.
I’m glad I read the book. The book was written by Krishnamacharya’s son. I’m not going to write a lot about it here, because well, quite honestly it’s been a month since I’ve read it and details are escaping me… but no sense recalling it all here when I actually need to write a legit paper on it. lol
Here’s what I’ll do… when I write the paper, it will have it’s own separate post in case anyone is interested!
Anyway… I’ll be back in a couple of days with February’s reads! I swear!