#T5W, Books

Blogmas Day 16: T5W books to read by the fire

It’s been a long time since I last did a Top 5 Wednesday.
Honestly, I simply forgot and almost forgot again but because I’m planning these posts ahead of time, it gave me the opportunity to look into possible topics.

Of course, I didn’t plan far enough ahead and I already gave you some winter recommendations.
So, I will give you some more.

How about:

Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

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I talked about it a couple of days ago in my Tis The Season Tag. I loved this book. It’s sooooo funny. There are so many moments where you recognize the awkwardness of situations or conversations, where you feel as if Bridget get’s you (well, she understood me at least). Also, hurray for snarky remarks and great references!

“It struck me as pretty ridiculous to be called Mr. Darcy and to stand on your own looking snooty at a party. It’s like being called Heathcliff and insisting on spending the entire evening in the garden, shouting “Cathy” and banging your head against a tree.”

I mean… genius!

The Golem and The Djinni- Helene Wecker

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If you like a bit of fantasy mixed in with your historical fiction, this is the book for you. It’s quite a big book. I can’t remember how many pages (=I’m too lazy to look it up and I lend my copy to a friend) but it was a lot.

This book tells you the story of a clay woman who arrives in New York and has to learn how to act like a human and a fire spirit who has been locked up in a bottle/flask for years and years and years and who is finally free in a world he doesn’t recognize. They each struggle to find their way, first on their own, later together. The background story for the djinni is simply amazing. It’s a book that will give you many enjoyable hours.

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

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Ah, The Time Traveler’s Wife. Such a great, great, great book. Even though, in the end, it punches you in the gut and keeps on kicking you in the stomach even when you’re already down on the ground…

I’m going to be honest with you, it’s not the easiest book to read. I mean, it’s complicated and there will be times where you’ll have to pause to think where in the story/time line you actually are. That’s because Clare and Henry, the two main characters, meet each other out of time. Clare lives her life like you and me, but Henry jumps through time, backwards and forwards. He has absolutely no control over where/when he’s going or when he’s leaving.

You wanted books to read in front of a fire, that means you’ll have time to spend, right? Well, this book will keep you busy for sure.

High-Rise – JG Ballard

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If you’re looking for something a bit more serious, then look no further. In this thrilling story, the people of an apartment complex go to war with each other. You see, there are three groups. The lower floors, the middle floors and the upper floors. You can compare them to classes in society. The residents start to lock themselves into the high-rise and soon little arguments start to escalate. In the end it comes down to a survival of the fittest and the fittest are not always the people you think of.

Just to set the tone, here’s the first sentence of the book:
Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr. Robert Laing reflected on the usual events that had taken place within this huge apartment building during the previous three months.

Are you intrigued yet? 🙂

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

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I realize that I haven’t actually talked about this book before, or not in great detail anyway. I remember when they first started talking about this book. By they I mean the publishers and this was before the book was printed. I was working at the bookshop and received a picture of the cover with a little blurb.

The circus arrives without warning. 

I know this book is not for everyone, people either love it or hate it. It all depends on whether you like your books with a lot of description or a lot of action. If you like details, atmosphere and descriptions, this is the book for you.

There are two illusionist who have been trying to outdo the other for years, they decide on a game, a duel. Each man will find an apprentice and he will train them to the best of his capabilities. Eventually these two apprentices will fight… to the death.

I admit, the story could have been fleshed out a bit better but like I said, it’s the atmosphere that gets to you. I remember reading this book and being able to imagine myself walking around the circus, seeing the acts, feeling the snow on my face or the warmth of the fires.

It’s fun to see how the people who loved the book, let the story live on. There have been weddings and parties themed to the colours of this story, a lot of art has been made alongside it as Pinterest will gladly show you.
You see, some stories stay with you forever.

Love

Ellen

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