“Yes, I just bought three new books. Yes, I already have twelve I haven’t read yet. Don’t judge me, Mom!”
Elly. Mechanical engineering student. Books. Music. Tv. Men that will ruin me for real life. Austen. Ballet. Fangirl. Anything else, ask away.
john green you are my hero!!!!
Bibliotheken is a photo series of some of the world’s most beautiful libraries by Christoph Seelbach.
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Just five? That narrows it down a lot, keep in mind that I
may will rant and that I reserve the right to change my mind about this top five by tomorrow.
1. Any and every compilation, of Edgar Allan Poe’s tales.
Every single one contains high levels of mystery and macabre, which can often be described as gothic. He tends to center his tales on elements of death, and does it with a sort of dark romanticism air to it at times.
2. “Rayuela” by Julio Cortázar. Which I believe is translated as “Hopscotch”.
Personally, I prefer reading it in Spanish because there’s something about reading it in the original language and how the author intended it, that just does it for me. On a side note, the translation is actually supposed to be pretty good. In Rayuela the reader plays an active role, the structure -you HAVE to read it more than once- is unique. It can be maddening, or frustrating at first but the truth is, if you don’t like Cortázar I don’t like you.
And with quotes like:
“Andábamos sin buscarnos pero sabiendo que andábamos para encontrarnos”
“We went around without looking for each other, but knowing we went around to find each other.”
you know you are reading something that will most likely stay with you forever.
3. “Brave New World” by Adolf Huxley.
The author presents a futuristic reality, that can be seen as a satire or mockery of contemporary values. It’s a book usually banned for the ‘negative activities’ it portrays and was originally considered to have a weak plot.
4. “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare.
Cliché I know, but when I first read this I was 12 and it made an impact. The sheer impossibility of certainty and the tragic elements presented through the whole play, set it apart -in my opinion- from other revenge stories. Although “The Count of Monte Cristo” is another personal favorite.
5. “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen.
No, not because of the movie or the BBC series. Because it’s a really good book, of course it doesn’t hurt when you identify with the main character. It’s a classic -which I didn’t read for English, because over here it’s not on any text list- it’s about the complexity of human relationships. And as the original title suggested “First Impressions”. It’s clever, witty, and filled with satires, in case you didn’t recognize them.
I feel bad for leaving Mary Shelley, Agatha Christie and Bram Stoker -amongst others- out, but I had to stop somewhere I guess.
i want to go on a date to like a bookstore is that nerdy like we can get coffee and drown ourselves in books on a rainy day thats so perfect i could cry