A hard start, languishing middle and tug at the heartstrings ending, ‘All The Light We Cannot See’ has rather sparse light moments within its pages.
Sometimes you walk past a shelf and realise that you just have to have a certain book. These are the contenders that have been added to my 1000 before 30 list before August is up! Also worth a mention that I read three of The Walking Dead series over this week, which of course aren’t featured here but deserve a mention.
Howard Fast’s The Edge of Tomorrow was a find at the Waterstone’s opposite UCL in Central London. They were selling a vintage, battered copy that needed a home. I am almost all the way through it, so it should appear on the list soon!
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole has been on my wishlist for quite some time, as an amusing classic I could never get my hands on when looking for a good read.
Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls is one that I’m aware I should have read a long time ago – but am finally going for here.
Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. Does my wanting to read this need any explanation whatsoever?
Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev was an impulse buy. I have read quite a bit from Dostoievsky, Tolstoy and even Checkhov, but nothing by Turgenev. Hopefully this will prove to be an interesting expansion on my knowledge of Russian literature.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was recommended by a colleague as one of the best things she has read recently – I couldn’t resist the rave reviews!
On that note, as I expand my bookshelves and decrease the amount of money in my wallet through this 1000 before 30 process, I am looking for good book recommendations to add to the future list. If you have any that you think I should read, give me a shout!
The most annoying story about a demon baby of all time.
Beauty and captivating tenderness fills every sentence of Maya Angelou’s intimate, secret sharings to the daughter she never had. Continue reading
A literary work of art, about a work of art. Possibly my favourite discovery of the year.
A brilliant story about a millionaire who develops a social conscience. Of course, he is totally insane.
What would have happened if the Nazis had won World War II?
‘The Luminaries’ is kind of like when a very drunk person at a pub decides to tell you a very detailed story, only to start at the middle, get confused, tell you a lot of shit you didn’t want to know and is entirely irrelevant, and then condense the interesting ending into three paragraphs.
A beautiful high followed by a crashing, gut-wrenching low.
“It was a pleasure to burn”. This is how Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 (‘the temperature needed to set a book on fire’) starts off. And it only gets better.
There are very few books that live up to their hype. ‘Life of Pi’ is one of them. Essentially its main character Pi (short for Piscine) is in such a desperate castaway situation that, if swapping tales with Robinson Crusoe, the latter would probably hang his head and admit that life on his island wasn’t so bad.
This is the story of hundreds women who leave their native Japan to meet their new husbands in America. The only thing they know is what they look like, thanks to grainy portraits they were sent beforehand. They all speak as one narrative, with voices intertwining and telling tales of hope, desperation, disappointment and love found in their new world.
“Melodramatic piece of literary garbage.” Those are the words that some would use to describe Edward Frederick Benson’s ‘The Rubicon’. Unfortunately I am one of those people.
In which Michel Faber single-handedly attempted to quash, nay exterminate, my love of literature on aliens.
Just to clarify, this isn’t about Sherlock Holmes.