Hello, lovely readers,
I've made an effort to read a lot more recently (despite school stress), so I decided to review my favourite books so that maybe some of you will find something new and exciting to read!
Can't stop staring at my awkward hand, there is no natural way to hold a jumble of books.
Dracula by Bram Stoker
One of my two absolute favourite books is Dracula. I read last summer when I was in the Finnish countryside without internet, trying to avoid thinking about the reason (or rather lack of) for human existence. Great book! This is the origin of the way we see vampires today in pop culture with the garlic and the cape and the wood stake stabby stabby. One of the reasons for it being one of my top favourites is because I have so many nice memories attached to it. I also love the use of journal entries and log books to narrate the story along with the array of protagonists' perspectives and language. If you like classic literature, this is a must.
Favourite quote: "I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt; I fear; I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul."
Egenmäktigt Förfarande by Lena Andersson
This is the most recent book I've read from this list, also the only Swedish book. Egenmäktigt Förfarnade is about a 31-year-old journalist/philosopher/slightly pretentious human called Ester Nilsson who grows infatuated with a famous/new thinking/slightly narcissistic artist called Hugo Rask. The story follows the ups and downs of their relationship as well as the heartache and butterflies that follow. A great/heart-warming/slightly pretentious (in a good way) book. Read it.
Favourite quote: "Hugo never followed up anything Ester said. Ester always followed up what Hugo said. Neither of them was really interested in her but they were both interested in him."
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre is a book that I read last autumn and really enjoyed, which is very understandable since Charlotte Bronte has a very enchanting voice in her novels (Looking forward to reading more of her work). Jane is a girl who grows up living with some rather cruel relatives before being sent to a religious school where she grows as a person and eventually goes to work as a nanny at a large estate in the country. This is where she Mr Rochester (dun, dun, duuun). Compared to many other novels of similar character (pun not intended), Jane Eyre takes quite a twist with aspects of the supernatural, crime, feminism etcetera. (What else do you need?) If you enjoy Jane Austen or want to start reading Victorian novels, try this one (or Pride and Prejudice, it's also great).
Favourite quote: "I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will."
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
It may be a controversial book, I love Lolita so much. Nabokov is such a talented and funny writer (and my favourite author) who I can't say enough good things about. I think it's sad that many avoid this book because of prejudgements and taboo. But, in reality, its a finely tuned satire that plays with dark humour, sarcasm and French puns while being based on a true and very tragic crime. The most divine and well-written narration I've ever read.
Favourite quote: "I need you, the reader, to imagine us, for we don't really exist if you don't."
1984 by George Orwell
Finally, we have this classic piece of literature that (since November of 2016), hits a little too close to home. I read George Orwell's Animal Farm for school in eighth grade and really enjoyed it, even though the symbols were very obvious (although for good reason) and the language was quite plain (but still for good reason) for my taste. Last summer, I decided to follow that up by reading 1984 and loved it even more. Although I don't remember the entirety of the plot and remember thinking that a chunk in the middle of the novel could've been left on the editing room floor, it is a marvellous, insightful and intelligent novel written by the man of the people. If you want to know where we'll end up in the next four years, you should read 1984.
Favourite quote: "Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood."