This time I just wanted to share one of my all time favorite quotes. This one belongs to Goethe, an excerpt from the book The Sorrows of Young Werther (click for review).
“When I consider the narrow limits within which our active and inquiring faculties are confined; when I see how all our energies are wasted in providing for mere necessities, which again have no further end than to prolong a wretched existence; and then that all our satisfaction concerning certain subjects of investigation ends in nothing better than a passive resignation, whilst we amuse ourselves painting our prison-walls with bright figures and brilliant landscapes, -when I consider all this, Wilhelm, I am silent.
I examine my own being, and find there a world, but a world rather of imagination and dim desires, than of distinctness and living power.
Then everything swims before my senses, and I smile and dream while pursuing my way through the world.”
Ok so this is the final post and frankly, I’m gonna miss doing this. I had a lot of fun and it made me think of so many things that I could write, I consider it really helpful. I know I messed up a little in the days when I was too busy (I swear I was super busy!) and I missed writing on that day but it’s alright, I resumed it. Thank you for understanding, lol.
So here is the final challenge:
Your favorite book of all time
I don’t even know what I should pick. Of course the first thing I thought of was 1984 by George Orwell but I would like to avoid writing about the same books twice in a challenge so I think I’m gonna go with another one of my favorites, TRAINSPOTTING!!!
I’m a huge fan of Trainspotting and I could rewatch the movies constantly. The second one was the perfect addition and I was crazy obsessed with it.
The book was awesome too. It deserves all the fame and even though I only read it after I watched the first movie, I think of all of them being equally amazing.
A book you wanted to read for a long time but you haven’t
I’m thinking about Catch 22 for such a long time, when I see it on shelves or I hear somebody mentioning it I just wanna read it so bad but I don’t ever start it and I don’t know why. I always find another book to read and then the process repeats. I hope one day I’ll start it at last and let you know how I feel about it.
Have you read it?
The first novel you remember reading.
It was either Heidi, The Wizard of Oz or Charlotte’s Web. Anyways, I’ve read them all in the same period of time and I don’t think I can ever forget them. I still remember snippets of what I imagined while reading them.
Favorite romance book
I don’t have a single favorite romance book but I can mention a few books that own my heart: It Ends With Us, Me Before You/After You, Love and Other Foreign Words and
The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy. Also Jodi Picoult’s The Pact. And All the Bright Places. And Everything Everything. And I’m gonna try to stop now cause I could
go on and on.
A book you thought you wouldn’t like but you ended up loving.
Mostly I WANT to like some books and I end up hating them so I’m glad I experienced the opposite with Jane Eyre. I wasn’t even sure that I would like it at first but as I kept reading I realised that I have been A FOOL! ALL MY LIFE! And I thought that people that love Jane Eyre are boring and don’t know good books.
Check out the review here.
A Murder is Announced.
I love me some Agatha Christie from time to time, she’s always been special and always will be. You can recognize her out of 1000. This wasn’t my favorite nor a book that I would read again but it was an Agatha Christie book so that gives it value.
If I would have to choose between miss Marple and Poirot, I would go with the lovely lady Marple. She’s unique and her understanding of human character does a great
job when finding the murderer.
Agatha always knows how to play with the reader. I think everyone that reads a “whodunit” type of book tries to guess who the murderer is or sometimes even who the victim actually is and you just can’t guess it. After a while when you learn that you know nothing you just give up and go with the flow. You can’t win. The same goes for
this book, of course.
I didn’t really like it a lot but I have a second reading goal (besides the first one which is to read all the Stephen King books), and that is to read all the Agatha Christie books so eventually I had to read this one too. It seemed interesting at the beginning, something I haven’t seen before. A murder was actually announced in the papers. Let’s face it, you don’t see that a lot in crime books. So that’s something that caught me and pushed me into reading it but the thing that didn’t let me enjoy it so much is all the dizzying twists and turns and rabbits out of the hat and too much talking that just didn’t let me make sense of them anymore probably because I’ve read better like And Then There Were None or Murder on the Orient Express, now those are favorites.
This one was just something to read because I was in the mood for a classic so I ran to Agatha cause I also want to complete my goal duh (tho I have a long long way to run).
I don’t really recommend this one, if you can read something else from her go for it but who knows, maybe you’ll like it. I’ve seen many people rating it a 5/5, it
depends on each and everyone’s taste.
I haven’t read some erotica in a really long time so I just picked out Little Birds by Anais Nin.
I got to the end of it 50% out of curiosity and 50% because I just wanted to finish it, it’s a short not-so-awesome book so it’s not worth it to read it for 100 years. What can I tell you about it is that it’s pretty boring. The stories give me the feeling that they’re just thrown there and they didn’t really get to me. I felt distant towards it. They didn’t intrigue me or made me feel anything.
I didn’t really enjoy the idea of men messing around with 16 year old girls tho’ I liked the first story when all the girls ran away when they saw him in all his glory around them. Come on, that was pretty funny.
The stories have many things in common and they might seem familiar at some point which was pretty nice and made me imagine some bonds between them.
Overall this was not my cup of tea but I’m glad I’ve read it and it’s an appreciated classic.
For halloween I saved a place for a creepy book that would suit this holiday and I decided to go for Frankenstein. I couldn’t be more dissapointed, I’m serious. I ruined my halloween reading joy.
Rating: doesn’t even deserve a 1 but I will give it 1/5.
If there is someone out there considering this book a masterpiece and an awesome classic, please convince me or just let me know what makes you think that.
I know I’m not a fan of classics or whatever but some of them are really good. I wanted to be freaked out by a story written in that classic old style. Something like Poe. But I just forced myself to finish it just because I wanted to give it a bad rating so people that are like me can find out some bad reviews too, not only the good words about it.
Besides the fact that the descriptions were awful, a paragraph written only about how the wind blows and how Frankenstein feels it, the story isn’t scary, man. It doesn’t have a drop of darkness in it that you can call “creepy”. Some crimes commited by the monster are not enough to make this book a horror one. Look at Stephen King, if he would’ve written it some crazy stuff would’ve happened. Not just deaths of people Frankenstein knew.
I appreciate Mary’s ambition to write a creepy book at 18 years old but this was so bad and awfully boring, I don’t even have words. It took me 5 days to finish it and it doesn’t even have 200 pages.
If you haven’t read it yet, you can go for it but embrace yourself for major boredom.
A book that should be read before Jane Eyre…or after…whenever you want: Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys.
If you want some help with Bertha’s timeline check this out: http://www.shmoop.com/jane-eyre/bertha-mason-timeline.html?aal=icJABrfHXjXPKJlyALwp8ntD4EU7swejvWw1RDx5YFLgtXMd
I’m really impressed by the author and how she managed to create such a great story for “the mad woman in the attic.”
There are always some characters in novels that the author or the reader tend to ignore but sometimes these neglected characters can spark an interest towards the reader making him wonder what’s the backstory of X, what happened to Y, why did A end up the way he/she did etc. In most of the cases, you end up without any answer so it’s up to you to think about it.
Now here appears Jean Rhys with her incredible idea to write a book on Berta Mason’s life. The first wife of Rochester from Jane Eyre. And it’s also a really good one and catchy. I recommend it to anyone who loves Jane Eyre or want to read it.
Even if you don’t really care about Bertha’s life (I didn’t) it’s still worth it.