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9 Aug

My favorite books of all times

To celebrate Book Lovers Day I have compiled 10 of my favorite books of all times. Today is a great occasion, and excuse for some :), to put aside the tech and enjoy reading a book.

I love reading just as much as I love writing. I never forget how happy and satisfied I am every time I buy a book, receive one or borrow one.

This is a part of me that I have since childhood, as back at my mom’s house we had a lot of books.

Mostly during summer time, I enjoy reading; especially outside in the garden in early mornings or late evenings; but also during cozy winter evenings.

I cannot say that I read constantly but I can say that when I read I am fully committed to it and love the feeling of a book in my hands. I do have books on my phone as well and on my tablet, but nothing compares to turning the pages of a book while I enter in its universe.

The below are a few of my favorite books that I want to share with you and hope you will love them as much as I do. For sure, we all have different tastes and I admit some of my favorite choices are a bit hard to swallow.

  • On the top of my list lies Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.  It is a story orbiting around the life of Heathcliff and his love for Catherine. All in all, it is a revenge story, filled with intrigues. It is a book that leaves you breathless while reading and you cannot put it aside until you finish it.  A novel where passion and romance are at their heights. This is Emily’s Brontë single novel.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

  • Call me a classic my the second on my list is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.  Daphne du Maurier herself is believed to have had a controversial life for the times she lived in. Bits of this book are inspired by her own life. I can say that this is on my list for a lot of time and it has a very well established place. And it is not just me that got stuck with Rebecca and Manderley; it has been voted the nation’s favorite book of the past 225 years. It is a really hard to beat book. This is a thrilling novel where nothing is as it seems. It is either you love or hate Rebecca de Winter.  Will not say anymore, you have to read it if you haven’t yet. Or re-read it 🙂 I will for sure.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

  •  The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown may seem like a cheesy choice but I loved the book and would read it all over again. Actually all the Dan Brown fiction novels are on my like list, but The Da Vinci Code is special. It sparks in you the desire to discover and explore the hidden history. While it is rather controversial, it is us that choose what to believe in this paradox among science and religion. However, in my opinion, though I like it a lot, it is imperious to remember that this is a fiction novel and it draws just a few people and happenings from the actual history.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

  • 1984 by George Orwell is a book that has kept me interested till the end. It is not because I am born in 1984, (though this may be a part of the reason I started reading it). Though a very old book written in 1948 as a view of the future, it creates a world that we seem to be living today. It shapes a new view on the reality, the power and freedom we think we have.  You can find the root of the Big Brother is watching you, in the book. This stunning book that was nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

1984 by George Orwell

  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes is a heartbreaking romantic novel just perfect for your summer holiday. It is a light read about a girl that takes a job to care for a young man in a wheelchair. They eventually fall in love but she has to take a tough decision in the end and respect his wish. It is a book that will make you laugh, cry, and feel all sorts of emotions without trying too hard. Me Before You is not what you expect it to be. It is not such an easy going romantic novel. It is filled with all sorts of emotions. Highly recommend as a reinforcement of love and its true meaning.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

  • Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabukov is not like anything you have read so far. It is a masterpiece in its own right and the brilliance and intelligence with which Nabukov writes a text within a text leaves you speechless, even if you are not a poem person. While it is rather difficult to read and sometimes you might even feel the need to go back at the beginning of the paragraph to understand it, in the end it is worth it. This postmodern novel worth’s the time you put into reading and understanding it.

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabukov

  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is as Hawthorne himself said a psychological romance novel. It is classic novel that shows the conflict between the emotions and the intellect a person is confronted with. Reading it with an open mind ready to find anything between its pages, you will never forget this book. You can find a lot of symbols in the book – mainly the letter A.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is just as perfectly written as her sister’s Emily Brontë Wuthering Heights. They are different and beautiful each in their own way. I liked Jane Eyre as it has as a main character a woman with high respect of her morals and a good idea of what is wrong and what is right. She is fierce in following them, a woman that keeps her integrity untarnished. Flawlessly written, when reading it you can feel like living the story yourself; it is a book that I highly recommend to read at least once.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

And, having a very special place in my heart there are two books – The Christmas Angel by Jane Maas and The Book of Christmas by Jane Struthers.

I left them last as they are more hearty and they touch you in a special way no matter if there is Christmas time or not. But, also because I am a huge sucker for all that is Christmas related.

  • The Christmas Angel is a charming Christmas story about the power of family, tradition, and love. The special carved Christmas Angel is handed down from generation to generation reminding us that there is magic in the world and Christmas time is just the perfect moment to see it. A lovely little book.

The Christmas Angel by Jane Maas

  •  The Book of Christmas by Jane Struthers is the last addition to my book collection and I cannot stop reading it through again and again. (now if I can find it) There are a lot of traditions, superstitions and facts surrounding the Christmas time, as well as some recipes for your Christmas days.

The Book of Christmas by Jane Struthers

As you can see, I like a little bit of everything.

When reading it is important to stay true to what moves your soul and what helps you grow.

I know that some of the books I mentioned have been put in movies as well. It is nice watching them, but only after reading the book. Most of the time, if not always, the scripts cannot deliver the complexity of the book and usually the movie does not do justice to the book.

This is just a list of those books I like to turn to again and again. But, there are more books out there that I love. Currently am reading the Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

Now I am upset as when writing this I also looked for my book “The Book of Christmas” and I cannot seem to find it … and the last thing I remember about it is that I told myself I will put it in a special place, with the rest of my Christmas specials and make sure it is up and about around Christmas time …. Hope to find it!!!

Which are your fav books?

 

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