September was a good month when it comes to reading. I read a total of nine books, which is more than I normally read! Today I’m going to share the top five of the books I’ve read in the past month!
5. Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge
The girl emerged from the woods, barely alive. Her story was beyond belief. But it was true. Every dreadful word of it.
Days later, another desperate escapee is found – and a pattern is emerging. Pairs of victims are being abducted, imprisoned then faced with a terrible choice: kill or be killed.
Would you rather lose your life or lose your mind?
Detective Inspector Helen Grace has faced down her own demons on her rise to the top. As she leads the investigation to hunt down this unseen monster, she learns that it may be the survivors – living calling cards – who hold the key to the case.
And unless she succeeds, more innocents will die . . .
Oh, how I can enjoy myself with a good thriller. And Eeny Meeny absolutely was a good thriller! I just love it when scary books start with the action right away, so you don’t have to wait pages and pages until something finally happens. Since I wrote a review about this book earlier, I’m not going to say too many about it. You’ll just have to read my review! (unfortunately it’s in Dutch, sorry about that).
4. Animal Farm by George Orwell
Mr. Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organized to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges…
I had to read this book for college last week and it was really great! The only Orwell book I’d read before was Nineteen Eighty-Four and although I thought they were very different, I think I could say that the themes were a bit alike. The story of Animal Farm is full of conspiracies, lies and deceit, just like Nineteen Eighty-Four. So if you like reading about those things, I’d totally recommend both of the books!
3. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Poet and pervert, Humbert Humbert becomes obsessed by twelve-year-old Lolita and seeks to possess her, first carnally and then artistically, out of love, ‘to fix once for all the perilous magic of numphets’. This seduction is one of many dimensions in Nabokov’s dizzying masterpiece, which is suffused with a savage humour and rich, elaborate verbal textures.
Yep, I think I can safely call Lolita one of my all time favourite books. With every reread I discover new symbols, allegories, beautifully constructed sentences and so on. At the moment I’m writing my Bachelor thesis on trauma in Lolita, so I think I’m going to make a post about that when I’ve finished writing and got my grade!
2. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse-Five is one of the world’s great anti-war books. Centering on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.
This week were discussing this great work of literature in college. I’ve now read it twice and the second time was even more amazing than the first. Since it’s written in a telegram-like style, it’s really easy to read, but the storyline isn’t really that easy to comprehend. Where Billy is only a kid in one paragraph, he can be a fully grown up man in the next and then he could easily be 21 again in the following chapter. And oh, it also involves aliens!
1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
After months of procrastinating, because I was scared that I’d be the only one not liking this book, I finally picked it up. And literally devoured it. Although it’s not really a nice feeling when you can literally feel your heart break into a billion pieces, I kinda liked it. That’s what makes a story great in my opinion. You can read more about my thoughts on this book in my review I posted some weeks ago! *click*
I’m now slowly getting through the sequel A Court of Mist and Fury. Way too slowly, because college is back in full swing. Since I really really want to know what’s going to happen next, I might have to give up a few hours of sleep. But then again, who needs sleep anyway!!!
(me, like a lot of it).