I decided to jump on the wagon of bookreviews. Why now? This blog is built up with things that I like. It’s a place where I can store my memories of museumsvisits and where I can store my thoughts on the books that I’ve read. This year, and I usually am not that keen on New Year’s resolutions, I want to read more books. This post is the beginning of (hopefully) a year filled with books and stories.
Let’s share a little history first, in primary school and throughout high school I detested reading. But the last two years of high school, when I started studying in Brussels I was influenced by the people around me and started spending more time reading and enjoying stories on paper.
I do seem to find an interesting aspect in every single book. There aren’t many books that I didn’t like to read. It’s like visiting different cities, I always look for the best elements of this perticular city. It’s the same with books, authors can easily grab my attention and then I need to devour the book all at once.
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Paul Auster, Man in the Dark
The first two books on the list are recommended by a teacher. This semester I had a course called Literature. We had to read five books for the exam. I enjoyed reading every single one of them.
Man in the Dark, a book about a writer named August. Every night he has trouble falling asleep, so he starts creating a story about a man called Owen. The story of Owen starts with him being trapped in a well, as soon as he gets out he sees that the world around him has changed. I won’t go into further detail because I don’t want to spoil anything. (It has to do with different dimensions, war and a small part of love).
What I loved about the book was the amount of warmth that came from the way they talk about family and friendship. For instance, August lost his wife and recalls a lot of memories he had with her to his granddaughter. I loved the conversations between the experienced grandfather and the yet to discover the world, granddaughter.
The only downside about this book is the cover, I would never have picked it up if it wasn’t for school.
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse 5
If you are into time travel, World War II, the USA in the 70s and aliens, you’ll enjoy this book. Written in the late 60s Kurt Vonnegut processes the moments he spent in the war. Billy Pilgrim, the main character, spends his time in three different time periods throughout the book. In the beginning every timejump is explained in a slow pace, but as you turn more pages everything starts to speed up and time travel is going faster and faster.
The only downside in this book was the long paragraphs of quotations of several books that Billy Pilgrim cites. The paragraphs were a bit too long from time to time.
Judith Vanistendael and Mark Bellido, Mikel
Judith Vanistendael made me cry once. Before this book she released ‘When David lost his voice’, a man who loses his voice due to throat cancer. Without going into detail, a few tears rolled down my cheeks at the last few pages.
This book however is something completely different, a story written bij Mark Bellido and illustrated by Judith Vanistendael. As soon as this book hit the stores I wanted to buy it but never had any money for it. Until Christmas day, when I got it as a present and I almost couldn’t contain my excitement.
It’s a very vivacious and I would definitely recommend it. It’s not out in English yet, so be patient and keep track of the graphic novel market.
Emerald Fennell, Monsters
I’ve been reading a few books throughout the years where the writer gets into the head of teenagers, but no one has done it like Emerald Fennell. I was so into this book and I couldn’t stop reading it. The conversations between two young teenagers made me laugh, cringe and confused all in one book.
After every written fragment I became more curious about what was to come next, I had to keep turning my pages and let my eyes glide over the words.
The story has a plot twist, that I could have figured out if I was thinking ahead. I usually don’t see any plot twist coming in books, neither in films. The present takes up all my attention, which is why I don’t think ahead.
I really enjoyed this book. The cover is one last thing I need to talk about, it’s just beautiful.