What I'm reading this winter

12/06/2015




I just came back from my book-bulk shopping tour and am excited to announce which books I'm definitely reading and re-reading this winter. There are a few new finds for me and if you wish, I can certainly write a review on them one day! So just let me know and leave a comment below if you've read any of these books (I'm sure you have, since there are a few classics listed).


Murakami's Kafka On The Shore 


... has caught my eye ever since Jenn suggested it in one of her Favorites videos. I've also heard a lot about the author himself and only just started reading the book. I can already say the writing is outstanding.

Kafka On The Shore, a tour de force of metaphysical reality, is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an aging simpleton called Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction and now is drawn toward Kafka for reasons that, like the most basic activities of daily life, he cannot fathom. Their odyssey, as mysterious to them as it is to us, is enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerizing events. Cats and people carry on conversations, a ghostlike pimp employs a Hegel-quoting prostitute, a forest harbors soldiers apparently unaged since World War II, and rainstorms of fish (and worse) fall from the sky. There is a brutal murder, with the identity of both victim and perpetrator a riddle - yet this, along with everything else, is eventually answered, just as the entwined destinies of Kafka and Nakata are gradually revealed, with one escaping his fate entirely and the other given a fresh start on his own. (x)


Gone Girl 


... has been on the shelf for long. Not literally - because I just got it as a birthday present from the lovely Tutti - but let's say I've always wanted to read this book. Just because the synopsis was really interesting to me (I love books about missing people and finding out why they've gone missing).

Only a few pages in and I'm already hooked.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? (x)


Catcher In The Rye 


... has been praised as the favourite classic of all the time, by many many people. I myself haven't read it yet but I am hyped to find out what the "fuss" has all been about.

"...the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them."

Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with "cynical adolescent." Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. His constant wry observations about what he encounters, from teachers to phonies (the two of course are not mutually exclusive) capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation. (x)


F (a novel) 


... is the novel I'm in the middle of reading as of now. I love mind challenging, complex books and this one seems to be a really deep one.

Artful and subversive, F tells the story of the Friedland family - fakers, all of them - and the day when the fate in which they don't quite believe catches up with them. Having achieved nothing in life, Arthur Friedland is tricked on stage by a hypnotist and told to change everything. After he abandons his three young sons, they grow up to be a faithless priest, a broke financier and a forger. Each of them cultivates absence. One will be lost to it. A novel about the game of fate and the fetters of family, F never stops questioning, exploring and teasing at every twist and turn of its Rubik's Cube-like narrative. (x)


To Kill A Mockingbird 


... is probably the book that everybody has heard of in their life if they haven't read it yet. I'm definitely re-reading this book this winter because, well, winter is comfy reading season and a favourite should be featured indeed.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior—to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature. (x)

Have you read any of these books? What do you think of them? What are your favourite kinds of books? And which ones are you reading this winter? Let me know!


From the girl who loves books more than fries,
Arden. 

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