Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Three recent reads #1

I love reading people's book recommendations and I'm always looking out for the next book to read. I'm looking forward to sharing books I've found and loved with you and I would love to know any books  you recommend!

1. The fault in our stars by John Green
This book really is a must read, it is by no means extraordinary and when I began to hear about it I was unsure of whether I would ever pick it up as I was convinced it would be a boring sob story, but I couldn't put it down and ended up finishing it in two days. It's quite simply written but the characters really are amazing, and the sarcastic, dry humour really contrasts with the serious plot. There is nothing typical about this book and it's difficult to put into words but it's definitely an endearing read. It includes many powerful words, and considering it's about teenage relationships it's definitely overly romantic, but it draws you in and I cried a lot, John Green really is a magical story teller.

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This is another book which won't be everyones cup of tea, but if you enjoy ethereal imagery and when reading like to be transported to somewhere over worldly, I would highly recommend this book. I literally felt sad when I got to the end because I never wanted to leave the circus, the rich, sensual descriptions of the circus and characters draws you in and the plot unfolds steadily within this magical world. If you're interested in a dramatic plot line or steamy romance this will not be the book for you, but as far as setting a mood and building an atmosphere I don't think I've read a book that does it so well. Another highly recommended read.

3. The virgin suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
The movie directed by Sophia Coppola starring Kirsten Dunst is one of my all time favourite movies, and I can't believe I only recently discovered it was based on a book. This book really is beautifully written, every word seems perfectly placed and it really does raise a lot of questions about suicide and society. It is written in the first person from a vague view point of a group of teenage boys, who are voyeurs to the sister's descent and eventual suicides, it's mysterious and moody atmosphere is created by incredibly written poetic prose. It is often starkly realistic, with the girls not being described as perfect creatures even though the boys are so deeply obsessed with the sisters. It's a dark, haunting read but if you appreciate beautifully written modern fiction is one I would highly recommend.

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1 comment:

  1. Someone bought me The Fault in Our Stars but I haven't read it yet, I'm looking forward to it now! My recommendations are Life of Pi, One Day, The Book Thief and The Help.

    Faye x


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