Five classics to read before 2020

What’s up my dudes!

I will not apologise for all the time I’ve been missing as usual, we all know life gets in the way… The thing is, I have been working and I have been busy, but no matter what I do, I always end up coming back here, so I figured I should just surrender and find the time to write reviews on the internet.

Lately I have been in a reading slump and in order to fix it, I decided to go back to basics and read some of the all time classics before the end of the year. Here are the 5 classics I will be reading before 2020:

  1. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
  2. The Picture of Dorian Grey, by Oscar Wilde
  3. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë
  4. Persuasion, by Jane Austen
  5. Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens

If you have not read these classics yet, join me on this challenge! You can find this reading shelf and other lists on my Goodreads account.

Disclaimer: Getting the Brontë sisters in this list was a total casualty, and I am aware that there are more famous classic readings out there, but I already own these books and I haven’t read them yet, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to read them!

Leave your comments on what I should read next in the comments section below, suggestions are always welcome!

Top 5 Books Of 2017

Well, hello!

Yes, I know, long time no see. I will not give excuses this time though. I have been working and I got into Cinema school and I am (sort of) becoming a writer, so let’s say I have been busy -although not really…but I am super excited!

It’s the end of January 2018 now and I thought I would give you my best reads of the year. However, I have not read that much in 2017, and that is why reading at least 50 books is on my New Year’s resolutions, so hopefully I will not abandon this blog entirely and give you some more reviews this year.

Also, I thought I would talk about movies, lifestyle… and all sort of things here in the future, so hopefully you will like that as well!

Let’s begin, shall we?

  1. ‘Dept. Of Speculation’, by Jenny Offill: Hopefully my dearest friend Viviana will write a review of this book to post here, because I am sure her words will express WAY BETTER what this book represents. It is beautiful. Just read it. (A review on this book is coming any time soon so forgive me for not giving any further details).
  2. ‘Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever?’, by Dave Eggers: I actually read this in 2016 but it never got the attention it deserved so please excuse me for including it here. It is probably not the best book this fella has written, although it is (so far) the only one I have read from this author, and I will definitely read some more of his work because DAMN THIS IS GOOD. I love political satires and that is basically what this is, although entirely in the form of dialogue, so not boring and not long at all. Go read it, now.
  3. ‘Freedom’, by Jonathan Franzen: I FINALLY got to read this. I know, I’m late on the game, but what can I say? I was a little bit reticent about this one for some reason, and after reading it I understood I left it for too long. Very deep, very sentimental, the sort of book that gives you a change of heart. I believe it is a must; actually, read whatever Franzen has written, he never disappoints.
  4. ‘Pond’, by Claire-Louise Bennett:  I could not have a top 5 without a compilation of short stories. I believe this is the book which has got me into reading more female authors, which is weird because I have always loved female literature, although for some patriarchal reason it was always men on my shelf. What captivated me about this one is the realness that there is to it. Nothing crazy about it, it is just refreshing to read something genuinely pure for once.
  5. ‘Marina’, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón: Finally but not least, a Spanish one. This made me cry the way ‘A Catcher In The Rye’ made me cry, and that was weird. It is more of a juvenile reading, but really good and touching regardless. If you know a bit of Spanish, please read it in its original language.

I hope this list gave you some new reads for the coming year, or at least I hope it gave you a better idea of that is to come in my reading list this 2018.

If you have any recommendations, please send them through!

♥ Currently reading (and raving about it): ‘The Power’, by Naomi Alderman ♥

Favouritest

It is overwhelming how many books there are in the world, so picking up only a few favourites is not an easy thing to do, but I thought this would give you a better idea of what type of books I like the most and what my preferences are when it comes to reading. And no, you will not be surprised by my favourites if you are already into the art of the written word. I tend to be quite stubborn when it comes to reading, and I decided a long time ago I would read as many classics as I possibly can, as I want to see if they are as good as their recognition, and so my favourites tend to be classic readings that, honestly, everyone should read.

  1. Nine Stories, by J.D. Salinger

As it name announces, this is a compilation of nine short stories written by the Elvis of literature, J.D. Salinger, famous for his “The Catcher in the Rye” (and we all know why). Published in 1953, it has that characteristic simplicity of Salinger, combined with outstanding originality in the theme of his stories. Every single one of them gets you shockingly close to the “fuck-ups” of the world, in a beautiful literary way. Being “A Perfect Day for Banana Fish” my favourite one, none of them is disappointing and it is a great, if not the greatest example of the greatness of Salinger writing skills.

  1. The Great Gastby, by Francis Scott Fitzgerald

Oh the old 20s! There is something about the literature of this age that I love, and “The Great Gatsby” is the novel that really got me into it. Published in 1925, it can be summed up as a discectomy of the people of that era, with great romantic tones and amazing settings, that will definitely take you back in time. I am not much of a romantic myself, but I have to admit that no one has ever worked as hard as Jay Gatsby in order to get a woman, and I wouldn’t mind to be looked at the way he looked at Daisy Buchanan.

  1. Choke, by Chuck Palahniuk

Now you don’t know me yet, but if you did you would know that Palahniuk is my little baby. I have not yet disliked one of his novels, and I do not expect to dislike any in the future. Extremely shocking and explicit, his novels are not for everyone, but if you are like me and you like harsh language and difficult characters, then you will definitely add Choke to your favourites. The basics: sex addict with childhood traumas that earns a sad living by pretending to choke in restaurants, luring a “good Samaritan” into saving his life, asking them for money later on. You will probably dislike the character, but you will definitely recognise the greatness in this work.

  1. The 1984, by George Orwell

I decided to read this book during my uni days, a few years ago (not so many), and I am glad I did not know what the book was about before I got my hands into it. You will be disappointed if what you are expecting is hairspray and bad music, as this book is entirely set in a fictional world. Easy to relate to, the main character lives in a world of oppression, always watched by The Big Brother, unable to feel or express anything freely. It will definitely make you think about the world we live in, and it will show you the worst face of humanity. If you haven’t read it yet, it is a must.

  1. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner

Last but definitely not least. Harsh and realistic, it will make you go back in time, and the old times were not better. It is the story of Addie Bundren’s family, and their trip to Jefferson after her death (you were not expecting someone not to die with that title, right?). It is a story about honour, selfishness, death and sorrow, and a long trip full of misfortunes. It is also written in proper Faulkner way, so I would not recommend it if you don’t like jumps in the story line and non-expected changes of narrator.

Feel free to let me know which book is your favourite, I am more than happy to extend my already long to-read list.