Some reads you need to get your hands on!
HeyHey! For an English Literature student I really do not share what I read that much on my blog. So to mix things up a little I’m reviewing some books I’ve read recently!
The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani – 5/5
I was honestly blown away by the beautiful way this book was written. I picked it up on a very spur of the moment buy and I know I’ll remember this story for such a long time. It follows the lives of Ciro and Enza who are two Italian children when they first meet. They both move to New York for their own reasons and their paths end up crossing at different points in their lives. The story is great, heart-breaking and touching all at once. The way it is written is pure beautiful poetry. I read it wishing I could meet someone who felt the way Ciro does about love – in my dreams, maybe!
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes – 5/5
I don’t know many people who haven’t read this yet. It really is a great love story but it’s also absolutely shattering too. I wouldn’t recommend reading this in public. My mom read it sunbathing on a beach and ended up crying to no end! It’s a little depressing, but also uplifting at the same time. You’ll understand once you get through it! It follows a girl who gets a job as a carer for a quadriplegic. They both end up falling for each other and they attempt to make the most out of his limited life. There is a sequel called ‘After You’ which I’ve been meaning to read but my mom said it was pretty disappointing.
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot – 3/5
This is one of those English Literature canon classics that I had to read for class. I thought it was pretty slow going but after re-reading the ending a few times for an essay I can see how clever it is. I think the value in books like these lie in the fact that women like Eliot broke so many boundaries by being published and creating a new world. It follows the life of Maggie Tulliver who navigates her childhood with her snobbish brother Tom. She gets caught between two men who have professed their love for her, one of whom is supposed to marry her cousin. It’s a tale of growing into womanhood, failing at times, and the struggles of propriety. If you like Austen, you’ll like this. Plus look how cheap it is to buy!
1984 by George Orwell – 4/5
Again, another classic! I can’t believe it has taken me this long to sink my teeth into 1984 but here we are! This is a book that really is gripping from the famous first line. It’s a dystopian novel featuring an oppressive government and its rebellion group. Like Hunger Games but the original, non-teenagery version. I was also pleasantly surprised to find out that this is where the TV show Big Brother gets its title from. It follows Winston who lives in an oppressive society ran by ‘Big Brother’. An organisation that censors and watches in on everyone. It’s one of those books you have to read before you die!
Have you read anything that you can recommend to me? I want to read something easy but not in the Teen section of the library – so no Rainbow Rowell until my brain is completely fried from work!