Monday, August 10, 2015

After a break, here I am - Five must reads!

Hello to all my beloved readers!
My last entry consisted on a heads-up to what for long has been coming, the comeback of the blog. I promised I would expand my topics of discussion so that instead of only literature, my entries will also be about music, movies, and maybe even fashion! I want to keep writing about my academic life, my pursuits, dreams, and goals, and I want everyone interested to remember to visit the blog as often as they want to.
I've kept busy during all these months of absence, and I plan to tell all about it in the coming days.
For now, I'm going to share what I've been reading (and liked the most), the movies that have delighted me, and the music the keeps me awake at night. But today, read about 5 great books of different genres: Mystery, Fantasy, Non-fiction - History, Romance - Classics, and Dystopia - Sci-Fi.

5 Amazing Reads of Every Genre

And then there were none
A thrilling mystery about ten people that at first appear to be randomly selected, but that later on are revealed to have a striking similarity; They are all invited to a private island for different reasons, and after the faceless millionaire host fails to assist the reunion, they find each other at the mercy of an unknown force that for some reason conspires to rid itself of its guests before the weekend comes to an end.

This book is a relatively short novel that accomplishes a lot in few pages. If the reader doesn’t pay attention, the many characters may mix between each other and the plot becomes a disaster. My recommendation is to be patient and to try to remember little things of each of the ten, so as to be able to recognize them every time.
The brilliance of Agatha Christie’s most famous novel is not over-hyped, and is certainly not a forgettable experience.

A Storm of Swords
The war of the seven kingdoms is coming to an end, and kings are more in danger than ever. Daenerys Targaryen is discovering her strength and might as a queen, yet everyone will face life changing battles before the waters are calm again. Even though winter is coming, only in Castle Black, at the edge of Westeros, anyone seems to heed the signals of doom.
The third novel in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire is just as good and compelling as the first two of the series. The book is the equivalent of the season’s three and four of the TV adaptation Game of Thrones. It contains scenes that we all wish the show had included, and tells us a bit more of the insight in every key moment and character.

Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World
This non-fiction historical book is a gripping recount of six months after the end of the Great War when even as times were unavoidably changing, no world leader seemed to be ready to let go of past ways. The peace process after the biggest war in history at the moment was complicated at best, and when every country had an idea of what it had lost, what wanted back, and what the others couldn’t get, Woodrow Wilson would become the star of the moment, and his vision would become the dream of a then-hopeless world.
This book taught me a lot about International Relations and of how the world came to be what it is today. Pure politics turned out to be incredibly entertaining and at times, funny. If there’s  one book I would advice everyone to read, this’d be it!

Far from the Madding Crowd

Bathsheba Everden is a young woman that stumbles upon an inheritance when her uncle dies. She is independent, stubborn and hard working; she wants to be respected as a farmer, and wants to keep her dignity intact as a woman. Three suitors come knocking at her door: one is a man she rightly deems too little for herself, then there’s the one with money and position, and she loves neither. The third would be the incorrect choice in every way, and she finds herself in the position of choosing which of the three would be the one to take away her independence. Ms. Everden will deal with many choices and hardships as she grows into a big landowner and admired employer.
Another masterpiece of Hardy’s, it not only tells the dilemma of a strong woman in the truly hard days for her kind, but it also shows how overcoming one’s troubles is always a journey with ups and downs. This Victorian novel will give you the truth about men and life while great characters and gripping moments will leave you wanting for more of the beautiful words of the British author.

The Fifth Wave
Cassie Sullivan is a sixteen year old trapped in a crumbling world of invasion and destruction. Waves of death and disease keep wiping humans off the face of the earth, and as the fifth one dawns, she must learn how to be strong and not look back at the memories of better and simpler days. But everything she loves is taken away, leaving her broken in the dusty floor. Evan Walker will pick her up and tell her a secret that may be the key to saving humanity and taking back what they’ve lost to the creatures that kill.
This YA novel is everything we love about dystopian, apocalyptic and romantic stories. It is one of those books that once you start you can’t really willingly put down until you’ve turned the last page. Simply put: many genres combined with a touch of Sci-Fi adapt into the perfect combination. And if with the book wasn’t enough, you also get a movie adaptation starring Chloë Grace Moretz set to come out on 2016. Cheers!


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