Once again sorry for the silence, guys.. I’ve got a new job and am still trying to figure out a way to do everything that needs doing during the couple of hours I can manage to stay awake in the evening.
Today I decided to join another top 5 wednesday, this one being the top 5 books that made me think.
Sometimes books can swallow me, throw me around, slap me in the face, make my heart hurt and leave me staring into the distance confused, a little upset, maybe even crying..
Some books just never let you go.
These books stayed on my mind, long after I finished them.
1) 1984 – George Orwell
War is peace
Freedom is slavery
Ignorance is strength
The world as Orwell describes it is terrifying. I don’t know how I could survive in a society like that. And up until the end I had hope, because I didn’t know how this story was going to end, I had never seen the movie or heard anyone talk about the ending. I kept on hoping for a way out, for a solution.. so I’m guessing in the end, it was the hopelessness of it all that really got to me. I left me thinking about how much our world already looks like George’s.
2) The Fault in our Stars – John Green
This book broke my heart. It broke my heart into a million little pieces. I didn’t expect it to. I’m always cautious when reading hyped books. But this one really delivered. When I finished this book, I sat on my bed and I cried. I have to be honest, I cry easily but this book made me want to cry for days after I finished it. I don’t know why but it wouldn’t let me go.
3) Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
No child or future generation will ever know what this was like.
They will never understand.
When it is over we will go quietly among the living and we will not tell them.
We will talk and sleep and go about our business like human beings.
We will seal what we have seen in the silence of our hearts and no words will reach us.
I like a good romance but in this book that wasn’t the part that impressed me the most. It was the raw representation of the war. The horrible things that happened to those soldiers, the fear,.. and eventually the feeling of not belonging to the world after the war. It made me think about how truly pointless these wars and conflicts are but also the fact that they keep on reoccurring. Mostly, it made me sad.
4) Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
The beauty of this world where almost everyone was gone.
If hell is other people, what is a world with almost no people in it?
This is a beautiful, beautiful book. I’ve gotten so used to post-apocalyptic worlds filled with zombies and other monsters, I had forgotten that there were other possibilities. I marked so many quotes in this book. It really impressed me. The richness of the language, the amazing sentences and the overall greatness of the story, it stayed on my mind for quite a while.
5) The Golem and the Jinni – Helene Wecker
Sometimes men want what they don’t have because they don’t have it.
Even if everyone offered to share, they would only want the share that wasn’t theirs.
There was so much wisdom in this book. Even though this is a fantasy story, there is so much truth in it. I’m not a religious person but I really enjoyed the references, they enriched the characters. The thing that stayed with me the most was the scenery. I would love to walk through New York and see the sights, now, in the past or in the future. I really loved it and that idea of walking through a city, not going anywhere but just walking.. That’s what I remembered.
There, I did it. I’m glad I finally wrote something again.
I’ll do a review for Generation Dead on Friday.