Thoughts

Why do I love to read?

This question is asked so very often by non-readers. They wonder why one could possibly enjoy that interminable, strenuous process of absorbing letters on sheets. Here I am to put an end to the debate! Just kidding, I'm here to offer my personal opinion on one of my favourite things to do. Let me start… Continue reading Why do I love to read?

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Do like crying over books?

Up to this day, I’ve only ever cried to three books. When I say cry, I mean the sad crying, not the happy one. I don't often cry tears of joy (maybe when things are very funny...) but if I did, I wouldn't put it under the category I'm discussing today. There have been books… Continue reading Do like crying over books?

Reviews

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë, 1847 - In twelve days I accomplished a feat I had been dreading for about two years. I bought this book around january 2020 and it has been the fattest on my shelf ever since. Just looking at it would make me feel stupid for ever thinking I could one day muster enough… Continue reading Jane Eyre

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Everything Everything

Nicola Yoon, 2015 - It’s all well and good to stay home to avoid catching an illness when you have a weak immune system, but is it worth missing out on life? Maddy has the “bubble baby disease”, a rare but severe immune deficiency that prevents her body from properly defending itself. So, like any… Continue reading Everything Everything

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The Confessions of Frannie Langton

Sara Collins, 2019 - What if you were accused of murder but couldn't defend yourself because you didn't remember what had happened the night you supposedly killed the person you loved most...? Well, no need to start imagining a thousand scenarios: Frannie Langton has got it covered. It’s the year 1826 and Frannie’s trial is… Continue reading The Confessions of Frannie Langton

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Fish!

Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul, and John Christensen, 1996 - Choices. Life is full of them. Much more than we realise. From the tiny, inconsequential choices we make when we decide to opt for the blue cup instead of the yellow one in the morning, to the towering, "life-changing" ones like having a child or… Continue reading Fish!

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Nineteen Eighty-Four

George Orwell, 1949 - Imagine constantly being watched. Like an everlasting Instagram live. Or like “Keeping up with the Kardashians” but without scripts and plotting. Your whole life - the joy, the sorrow, the embarrassment, the pride, all of it - is scrutinised. All material objects - books, newspapers, films, photographs, toys, antiques... - as… Continue reading Nineteen Eighty-Four

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Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury, 1953 - This is a brilliant book and even more so for book-lovers! Bradbury presents a future where books are burnt for peace. The job of a fireman is not to put out fires but to burn books along with the houses they are in. You see, people think books bring discomfort; they… Continue reading Fahrenheit 451

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Norwegian Wood

Haruki Murakami, 1987 - Floating. That's how I felt while reading this book.  From the beginning, we are plunged into Toru Watanabe's life during his years at university. When he was 17 years old, his best friend, Kizuki, killed himself. Now Toru lives in full awareness of death. He still does what "regular" students do;… Continue reading Norwegian Wood

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The Giver

Lois Lowry, 1993 - How would you like to live in a black and white world of complete “sameness”? Jonas doesn’t know that an alternative exists and he’s very happy as things are. In his city, people are assigned jobs that will suit them, children to bring up, and partners to live with. No one… Continue reading The Giver

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Dear World

Bana Alabed, 2017 - Bana, an eight-year-old Syrian, bears witness to the atrocity she has weathered during her childhood. She narrates her life growing up alongside a war. At first, she recounts her life before the war, exhibiting an awful contrast between that chapter of her life and the one stolen by war. She describes… Continue reading Dear World

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Spirit of the Titanic

Nicola Pierce, 2013 - The sinking of the Titanic is something that fascinates me. I’ve been to the Titanic museum in Belfast, read different accounts from some of its survivors, looked at different theories about its fall, and, of course, read some fictional books about it. This one is one of my favourites.  Samuel Scott… Continue reading Spirit of the Titanic