During my trip and over the summer I finally got to catch up and do some reading. It was one of my resolutions for this year, and it totally worked out, so here I am… ready to share some great titles I got to go through so far this year.
It’s autumn that I really associate with taking time to read, while it’s getting colder and stromy-er outside and you’re getting warmer and cosy-er inside the house. I’ve always been really sure that spring is my favourite season… but I guess the 100-ish days before Christmas (and especially the 50-ish or so before) are my favourite time of year. Last week I announced to everyone I saw (ok…almost everyone… I knew?)that it was only 100 days before Christmas. Ohhhh-yeah, let the countdown begin!! But first, let’s talk books!
Around the World in Eighty Days / Jules Verne
This one follows a gentleman named Phileas Fogg and his valet ‘Passepartout’ who go around the world in 80 days on a whim, because of some bet. I dare say it’s now one of my favourite books. It’s a brilliant example of the point of view of white, western male on society (and the world really) in late nineteenth-century. It feels racist, and a bit…wrong(?) at times, but it’s a beautiful adventure book. To be honest with you, I only knew about this because of this video game called ’80 Days’ my brother showed me and I loved it. So naturally I had to read this.
Jane Eyre / Charlotte Brontë
This book was so horribly addicting. It’s actually quite soppy and happy-clappy in the end, while of course the bad stuff happens too… it’s a huuuuuge novel in the literary world, I am told. Golly, you all have heard about it, I’m sure. My friends who studied English literature were pleased to hear that I finally read something by some Brontë, hehe.
Eleanor & Park / Rainbow Rowell
I didn’t feel like I would really like this book, but alas… Eleanor and Park was an easy read, but it got quite dark along the way. It made my feel a bit like ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ but very different still. Very much Young-Adult, coming of age protagonists (namely Eleanor and Park) who are in high school and who, naturally, somehow fall in love. It’s interesting how the point of view changes each chapter and how the storyline evolves like that. I’d say, just give it a read if you’re into that stuff.
Modern Romance / Aziz Ansari
This was one of the best audiobooks I’ve ever listened to. The book entails really good insight into romance nowadays, and a brief history of how things were done (romantically) before social media took over. A lot of field research was made for this book, and it gave a pretty clear view on romance in this day and age. And ehrm, it was interesting too, because I’m not one for online-dating. But apart from that, it being read my Aziz Ansari himself did it for me… he’s hilarious.
And Then There Were None / Agatha Christie
This was total bliss. I am a fervent fan of the Hercule Poirot series, but I had never read this. Even though it’s hyped up to be one of Agatha Christie’s best. Now I can attest to this: this book is so full of mystery and wonderful 1920’s-ness. It’s a brilliant ‘who-dunnit’ story. And of course I couldn’t really put my finger on who has done it until the end. If you’re a bit of a mystery-lover, you’ll love this.
Persuasion / Jane Austen
I saved best for last, didn’t I? Oh well, maybe not. I just really love Jane Austen once I get back into it. The thing is, I watch all those Jane-Austen-costume-dramas on the telly, but the books just don’t get read by me. Or at least, they didn’t really. Just between you and me, this is only the second Jane Austen novel I ever fully read. How bad is that? I only ever read Pride and Prejudice (three times, I do have to say…maybe that counts of bonus points?).
Do you have any recommendations, based on this list maybe? Or any favourite books you’d really think one would enjoy over the festive period? Please, do tell!