I love reading; it’s a great way to relax, unwind, kill time or let your imagination run wild. In 2015, I want to read 20 books or at least that’s what my 2015 Goodreads Book Challenge says. Of course I’d love to read more books than that.
Currently I have 17 books that are waiting to be read and I read 4. So I should be able to achieve my goal.
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde is a genius. Almost every page in this book has a quotable quote. Most of us will probably know a lot of his quotes without even realizing that it was Oscar who said it: “be yourself; everyone else is already taken,” “if one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all,” “always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much,” and so on.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is a story about art, life and sin. Basil Hallward paints a picture of Dorian, who puts it up in his home. Years pass and Dorian’s looks remain the same while something curious is happening to the portrait. Spooky.. The conclusion is quite sensational so I won’t spoil anything else. At times this book can be very dark and tragic. Beware.
Rapture – Lauren Kate
Rapture is the fourth and final book in the Fallen series. Some of my friends were raving about the books so I decided to read it as well. It’s a young adult fantasy book series that I didn’t love. Not one bit.
When you start reading the first book (Fallen), you want to know what happened to the main character Luce. She is send to a reform school because she might have killed someone. Exciting. Then you find out that a bunch of Angels and Demons go to that reform school and all of them know Luce. However, she can’t remember any of them. Again, that’s exciting since you want to be in on the secret. But of course you only get to find out who she is in the last book and that’s the only reason why you keep reading the books.
The whole love story between Luce and Daniel was just too much for me. Like Bella and Edward all over again.
Vanity Fair – William Thackeray
In Vanity Fair, we follow the inter-linked lives of two unlikely friends Amelia Sedley and Becky Sharp. I couldn’t help feeling that I was reading a story about Katherine Pierce (Becky) and Elena Gilbert (Amelia) from The Vampire Diaries. Amelia is a sweetheart and all men love her, but she is sooo naive. While Becky just grabs what she wants, not caring who she hurts in the process. Yup, Elena and Katherine.
Amelia and Becky live in a man’s world. Most characters are driven by greed and materialism. Both ladies try to survive very differently though. Becky (who’s an orphan) tries her best to belong to the upper class while Amelia (who’s born in a wealthy family) doesn’t care for money. She values friendship and her family. Becky and Amelia will have to face some misfortunes along the way.
The book is almost an autobiography, the narrator cleverly comments on everyone’s life story. Sometimes it’s a bit annoying though. All of a sudden you get narrations like these: “I can tell you what they were talking about, but I won’t.” THEN WHY ARE YOU BOTHERING TO MENTION IT IN THE FIRST PLACE?!
I guess that’s just his style.
How to Fall in Love – Cecelia Ahern
This books starts with a bang (pun intended). One of the main characters named Christine witnesses a suicide. When she passes the Halfpenny Bridge in Dublin, she sees yet another man who’s trying to commit suicide; our other main character Adam. She stops him from jumping by making a crazy deal; if she can make him realize that his life is worth living (in two weeks time), then he won’t kill himself.
This book deals with some serious subjects like depression and suicide, but Cecelia also added some romance. I think you know where I’m going; it’s quite predictable really. But I won’t say it, HA. Because even though the ending was kind of predictable, I didn’t mind that. You want the predictable thing to happen. And then, halfway through the book, it doesn’t happen and you start wondering if it will ever happen but you’ll only find out at the very end.
You have to fall in love with Christine and Adam to really appreciate the story. I think it’s difficult to get through the book if you don’t.
Which books have you been reading recently? Any recommendations?