(Original post by brendonbackflip) The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time - Something different to what I've read before, was a really nice voice to autistic people imo.
I'm sorry I hated this book but i think it was because i was forced to read it and the teacher kept on doing a bloody awful somerset accent (seriously ripping my hair out) as she read along with us in class plus you could never really get into it because you were stopping and starting constantly
1) The Kite Runner - deeply moving, it actually made me cry at the end. Brought a significant amount of awareness to me of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
2) Anna Karenina - loved the way Tolstoy created her character. I still thought about her life story after finishing the book for a long time.
3) The Hunger Games - the book was still better than the movie, although both were good.
harry potter - it was the first book i ever read off my own back ie wasnt those stupid books you have to read to teachers in primary school, and ive been hooked ever since!!
pride and prejudice - such a happy book!! i start grinning like mad halfway through waiting for the ending
toss up between his dark materials and the rift war saga (raymond e. fiest) - favourite individual books from those two series are 'the subtle knife' from his dark materials and 'magician' from the rift war saga. they are literally epic tales and such an amazing read, and i love the characters!!!
a favourite of mine is also the alex rider books. the covers have fallen off of my copies from over-use! and artemis fowl...yeah i have a very sophisticated taste in books
(Original post by kalika_amz)
Jane Eyre is amazing, have you read the post-colonial response Wide Sargasso Sea and the book Yellow Wallpaper? Theyre both really good
Read Wide Sargasso Sea although it was a library copy, need to buy it sometime... was actually quite good yeah!
Yellow Wallpaper - I am trying to remember if that's what I think it is and it might not be.. *goes to google* .. Am I right in thinking that's the story of the woman trapped in a room with (obv) yellow walls, she becomes more and more mentally ill and eventually hallucinates other women being trapped in the wallpaper?
I did read that once, but it must have been a while ago - as I don't remember understanding it much beyond the woman being trapped behind the wall! Fits quite well to Jane Eyre though - will try to find a copy and read it again Was a weird story though, I always find stories where the narrator has poor mental health a bit difficult to read and do remember it sticking with me for a few nights!
I did at the time get pushed into reading Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier, thriller/romance/gothic novel) - which at first I found incredibly boring but ended up being unable to put down.. Came across the 1940s film version a while back which was brilliant - a lot of similarities to Jane Eyre but still very good read; especially if you like what my English teacher was determined was called "The Madwoman in the Attic theme" (literally meaning novels that on some level go along the theme of Rochester's first wife in the attic) - it's basically the same theme that's explored in Rebecca as well, though not so literally..
But yeah - will have to go search for The Yellow Wallpaper now :P, am curious to read it again!
... obvs, I jest I read about 4 lines and gave up. It is horrendously written and obviously aimed at 40-somethings stuck in sexless marriages.
I loved 'The Gargoyle' by Andrew Davidson, the perfect mix of magic realism and fantasy but still gripping and with an amazing plot.
'Beloved' by Toni Morrison, just blew me away with it's imagery.
'The French Lieutenants woman' by John Fowles. Intellectually written, a curious novel that makes you think. And the standard of novel is waaaay before its time, the whole 3 different endings and the existentialism theme.
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Hard to pick just 3 but here are some of my favourites.
1) Looking for Alaska - John Green. Loved the fact that this book showed adolescents as they truly are and also had a really shocking/surprising event. Really well written and love all John Green's stuff. The kind of books you keep thinking about after you've read them.
2) The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky. This book keeps you guessing throughout about what is haunting the main character and I just really enjoyed reading it.
3) Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman. One of the first books to make me really stop and think about the content. Excellent ideas and loved the characters. Heartbreaking at the end.