Saturday, October 22, 2016

My top five books

Saturday, October 22, 2016

1. The catcher in the rye
Let's start with a cliché one, but probably also my all time number one. I can read this book over and over again, and it never gets old. The first time I read it, I enjoyed it, but every time I read it again, so much more becomes clear to me and you notice things you never did before. It's a novel that talks about teenage angst and rebellion. It tels a story of a sixteen year old boy who leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania to spend three days in New York City right before Christmas. He stays at a fancy hotel and is fascinated by the ducks in central park. When you read the book it's hard to believe the story is about a boy this age. He comes across much more mature. He has a way to seduce woman and loves a strong drink now and then. He overthinks everything and sees the world in a very negative way. He continually attempts to find his way in a world in which he feels he doesn’t belong. He uses his isolation as proof that he is better than everyone else around him. He never addresses his own emotions directly, nor does he attempt to discover the source of his troubles. He desperately needs human contact and love, but his protective wall of bitterness prevents him from looking for such interaction. I read this book when I felt quite out of place, misunderstood and lost myself. I felt like Holden understood me, of course the book is about stuff that I can't relate to in any way, but the moral of the story feels really familiar and relatable. The characters are one for one amazing, Everyone can find some recognizability with at least one character I find. Those are things that become more clear the more I read it. It's not only a book that tells this story but it's also a book that tells your story in a way. That is why I fell in love with it I think. I feel like the character/ writer get me. Highly recommend this one if you are around sixteen, and feel like growing up sucks and feel out of place in this world.

2. The hundred year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared 
Allan turns 100 in a nursing home. They are planning on throwing him a big birthday party. But Allan has other plans, he doesn't want to celebrate his birthday in here. He believes he is still to fit and well to be in a facility. So on the morning of his birthday he decides to escape through the window. In the bus station a young man asks him to watch a suitcase while he uses the bathroom. But when the young man is doing his thing, his bus arrives and he decides to steal the suitcase, not knowing what is on it and how much trouble this suitcase is going to get him in. It turned out the suitcase is filled with money from the mafia, who it belongs to, and they wants it back. When I saw this book in the bookshop and read the back I was immediately intrigued  it sounded like such an original story, and it is. It's written in diary from which makes it even better. It makes you feel like you are really in the story whilst reading it. When we get further into the story you get to know so much more about his earlier life. Which is quite ordinary to say the least. It's a real feel good book with a lot of unexpected twists and turns. One minute, he's attempting to dispose of a deep-frozen body in the dreamily chaotic present; the next, he's flashing back to a life in which his undying desire to blow things up saw him killing a neighbour as a child, becoming embroiled in both sides of the Spanish civil war as a young man and casually helping to invent the atom bomb as a fully grown destroyer of worlds. Also the book is written by a Swedish author which makes me for some odd reason appreciate this book even more. 

3. not that kind of girl
Lena dunham. Do I need to say more? She is the funniest writer. The book is autobiographical and tells her oh so ridiculous life. The way she articulates certain things, you can relate to her so much. She has done, said and thought so much dumb and embarrassing things in her life, with every page I was like "Yep, that's totally me.." The way she writes about puberty, vagina's, sex, body image and boys is something I believe only she can do. She is very accurate, but gives it such a funny twist. 

4. the undomestic goddess
Without a doubt I can say Sophie Kinsella is my all time favorite author. Tears stream down my face when I read her books. These aren't the kind of books you want to read if you want something educational or serious. This book is typical chic lit, but that doesn't mean it doesn't deserve appreciation. If you want a thrilling, unpredictable story this isn't the one for you. But if you want to laugh and read about a love story, this is the one for you. It's a story about Samantha Sweeting, an overworked lawyer that gets a meltdown, takes a train and ends up in the middle of nowhere. She knocks at the door of a house and they mistake her as someone who wants a job as a housekeeper. She get's the job. There is only one problem. she doesn't know anything about housekeeping, cooking, sewing,... She gets herself in these super hilarious, laugh out loud moments. And of course along the way she falls in love which makes everything even more complicated then it already was. It's not so much the story that I love, it's more the way it's written. Some statements and the funny and touching writing are just to funny. I recommend this one if you don't want to use your brain to much when you are reading. It's a predictable but never boring piece.

5. The old man and the sea
This famous story of Ernest Hemingway is about an elderly Cuban fisherman who, after an unsuccessful period, engaged in battle with a giant marlin he wants to win at all costs. It's a beautiful story that shows how determination can get you so far in life. If you believe in something and push through it can and will happen. Never give up. Pride and motivation can lead tgreatness. It's a very thin book that you can read in not even a day if you really push through. And that's what I love about it. It's fun to read a 600 page book. But this story is so little, and yet it's so powerful and covers so much from life. The boy get's told by his parents he can't work with the older man anymore because he hasn't caught any fish in 84 days. The the boy really cares about him and doesn't want to leave him. So he doesn't, he still helps the old man every day and they are great friends. Hemingway has a very unique way of writing stories, if you're into books I highly recommend to ever read one of his books. 



  1. I've read the first book and loved it so much. Maybe need to re read it soon! The others are still on my to-read list :)

  2. Great books! I really liked the 'Hundred Year Old Man'


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