I wanted to make a post about the books I have already read last year in 2013. Since I was so busy at the beginning of January (and also should be busy learning chinese now, actually), I only came to do it now. So here are the books I have managed read last year:
1) Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry:
I read this for my oral literature exam in my 3rd semester. The exam was in the second week of February, and I could hardly learn, since I had so many seminars in which I had to prepare presentations. But my teacher didn’t ask anything about this book in the exam, anyway. I can say that I liked the story. It was obviously very easy to read as well. And the topic was an important, but at the same time touching one, as well. I liked it and can recommend it for everyone.
2) A long day’s journey into night by Eugene O’Neill:
I liked this play because it gives great insight to the psychology of the characters. It is quite sad, dark, and depressing, but also very interesting to read.
3) James Miranda Barry by Patricia Duncker:
I had to read this book for my seminar at university, and I am not quite sure what to think about it. It was a clever story, written well, with many interesting characters. It’s worth a try, but I don’t think that I would count this to my favorites list.
4) Mashenka by Vladimir Nabokov:
I can’t quite remember it but I know that I liked it. I think I will have to read it again. I still have it on my computer.
5) Howard’s End by E.M.Forster:
Like written in a review before, I liked this book so much. I also had to read this for a course, and enjoyed it quite much. It is a typical english story with a beautiful landscape described, and an exciting climax at the end of the novel.
6) Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf:
I was first a bit scared before reading this book, because I heard not very fun things about Virginia Woolf before. But during this seminar for which I had to read it, I grew quite fond of her as an author. I found it interesting to find out more about her past at Bloomsbury, and her depressions. I pitied her and at the same time liked how she thought. This book was a very hard read, but her writing is so unbelievably beautiful. After discussing it at class, I undedstood it more, and now I can understand why it is considered to be a classics.
7) Flush by Virginia Woolf:
This was another novel we had to read for the seminar. I liked this book more than Mrs. Dalloway, because ot was easier to read, and because I liked the way the story was told and written, namely through the eyes of the dog Flush. This novel is about poverty and class systems. It is a fun, sentimental, cute, informative and easy read. I can recommend it to everyone.
8) Life of Pi by Yann Martel:
This book was one of the best books I ever read! It was a birthday present from one of my closest friends, and she knew that I loved the movie, and wanted to read this book. What I liked most about this book, was that it is both on the informational and emotional level. A must-read for every animal friend and biology student.
9) The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry:
I loved this story. It is one of my favorite books. I remember how my elementary school teacher wrote a quote from that book in my memory book. From that day on, I always wanted to read “The Little Prince”. But before, I thought it was something like a fairytale. But I am quite relieved today, that it isn’t. This will be one of the first books I will read to my future children.
10) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins:
I finally managed to read these books last year. I literally ate the first book. It was so exciting, sad, amd at the same time critical. A must-read for every fantasy fan.
11) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins:
The second part was not as good as the first one. The beginning was a bit boring, but after that, everything got exciting again, when it came to the next Games, especially the phenomenon of the different Districts working together.
12) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins:
The third book was one that I didn’t enjoy too much. It was too strategical, and the end was so confusing. Especially the ending was the part I hated most about these books. Neither the 2nd nor the 3rd were as good as the first. But of course, if beginning to read the first book, which I would recommend to everyone, you can’t really just stop reading the story. It is natural to want to know about what will happen.
13) The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma:
This is the sequel to The Map of Time, which I read during my last year of my A’levels. We had to write a book critic about a new Bestseller, and also present it. I chose The Map of Time back then. And last year, I could finally read the second book. I liked the first better, but this is good as well. Felix J. Palma is really a talented author.
14) Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov:
Although the critics for this novel were controversial, I loved this piece of work. I realized what a talented author Nabokov is. Not everyone can write something like that. The most imortant aspect to the writing style in this novel is the subject of the unreliable narrator. That H.H. displays himself as a genius, and tells everything in a manner as though he was not the one to blame. So interesting. There is more about this novel than just the story ;)
15) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen:
No wonder this novel is a classic. It is one of the most romantic, beautiful, and well written novels I have ever read, with some very interesting characters to read about. It is one of my favorite novels by now, and I can only recommend you to read this.
16) The casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling:
Although many Harry Potter Fans disliked this book, I have to say that I enjoyed it very much. There were so many interesting, and authentic characters in a very well thought out plot. I liked it very much, since it was a totally different story from my favorite author.
17) Robinson Alone by Kathleen Rooney:
This is a response to a collection of poems called Robinson. This book is also built in a huge collection of poems. It was fast, but uninteresting to read for me. I wouldn’t say that I would totally recommend it. But if you’re interested you can try.
18) I am a Very Productive Entrepreneur by Mathias Svalina:
This was also a book we had to read for a Written Communication Class. I liked this better than Robinson Alone, but I think I wouldn’t have read it for myself.
19) I have blinded myself writing this by Jess Stoner:
I liked this more than the other two. This book had a psychological aspect which interested me the most. And it was written like a journal or notebook. If you want to read something interesting, this is a good thing to start with.
20) Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson:
This was a very interesting book, but to be honest I can’t really consider this novel as life changing or one which left me speechless at the end. If you want a light gender bending novel, this is a good choice.
Now these were the books I read last year, more or less. I am not quite sure anymore if I had read more. I am not quite sure when I read “The Help”, “The Catcher in the Rye” or “The Perks of being a Wallflower”. It can possibly be that I read them in 2012. But 20 books in one year are not many. But I have to admit that I had a lot to do, especially at the beginning of the year. Then, of course, I always had many books to read for seminars, so there wasn’t be any time left for reading in my own interest. I was also quite depressed about my failed exchange year, that’s also why I always tried to do something with people to keep me busy. And, of course, I spent much time on my blog. But for this years I have bigger goals. I want to read at least 50 books this year. I hope I can do it if I won’t be in such a stress for England if I should get in.
In my next post I want to list my reading goals for this year. I have already planned on an international book challenge. I try to make list which contains books by authors from at least 10 different countries. If I can manage that, I will be quite content with myself.