Getting back into reading: Tolstoy, Atwood and Martians!

Recently I have hugely gotten into reading again. Spurred on by my recent visit to see Margaret Atwood talk about her latest book at the Manchester Literature Festival. I’ve become a bit of a read-a-holic. It’s taken a while, since I graduated, but it’s finally happened; I’m enjoying reading again. Here’s five short book reviews!

  1. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy:

    Beginning with the arguably heaviest, most daunting book of ones I have recently read, it’s Tolstoy bitches. This book is mistakenly thought as ‘heavy’, when it really isn’t (well in weight it is). It explores destiny, love and human psychology, how humans often think one thing and say a completely other thing to each other, exploring the consequences of doing so. It has so much character development hence why it’s so long and it’s so interesting how you get a glimpse inside every character’s head, but then how he/she acts in company, is completely different. It’s everything I really wanted from Pride & Prejudice honestly. 5/5

  2. The Perks of being a Wallflower, Stephen Oblonsky:

    This book took me a day to read. I don’t honestly know whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing. I don’t honestly remember much about this book, but it isn’t really a genre I’m hugely interested in. It’s a coming-of-age story exploring what it is to be a ‘wallflower’, the person left out, the oddball; whatever you want to call it. I did really enjoy reading this at the time, as it was really funny to read. The storyline wasn’t particularly striking, but his voice definitely was. 4/5

  3. The Martian, Andy Weir:

    I didn’t really get the hype about this novel in honesty. I didn’t understand quite a lot of it, due to the scientific nature of the novel. It would be much more fun to read if you understand scientific terms! I did skip the last 30 pages (oops). It was fun to read, but a little tedious at times. A lot of potatoes, talks about converting CO2 into O2 and the dangers of it etc. I feel like it’s probably a story that would be more fun to watch, as it suits that medium more. 3/5

  4. The Day of the Triffyds, John Wyndham:

    John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffyds is an apocalyptic novel that I really enjoyed. It’s very postmodern, preying on the anxieties of the post world-war 2 period. This book was released during the Cold War and you can see why it would have been terrifying to read at the time. It’s most interesting to read from an academic standpoint, but equally enjoyable as it’s such an original idea for a apocalyptic novel. No more zombies. 

    Remember to check out my Goodreads! I update and write reviews of every book I’ve read from September 2015!

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