I love reading. I think the last 10 years of my life can testify to that; countless books bought, numerous days spent reading in bed and dedicating the past (nearly) three years of my life to an English Literature degree. Everything from hard-hitting period dramas to awful teen fiction and the cheesy poetry, I’ve read it all. Here are my absolute faves!
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
“How dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow.”
My favourite classic ever. Everyone knows the timeless story of Frankenstein. It’s as iconic today as it was shocking in 1818. Though it’s a little clunky and long-winded at times, it’s a super easy and entertaining read.
The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
“People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.”
To be quite honest, this was one of the most confusing yet magical books I have ever read. Based on the wonder of a travelling night circus that appears as suddenly as it vanishes, the novel explores magic, dreams and growing up.
Burial Rites – Hannah Kent
“They will see the whore, the madwoman, the murderess, the female dripping blood into the grass and laughing with her mouth choked with dirt. They will say “Agnes” and see the spider, the witch caught in the webbing of her own fateful weaving. They might see the lamb circled by ravens, bleating for a lost mother. But they will not see me. I will not be there.”
Based on a true story, Burial Rites focusses on the final days of a woman in 1820’s Iceland who has been accused of murder. A truly deep and serious read, this book cannot be rushed. With beautiful Icelandic landscapes and complex relationships, this is a must read.
Lexicon – Max Barry
“I don’t think you’ve been in love. Not recently, anyway. I’m not sure you remember what it’s like. It compromises you. It takes over your body. Like a bareword. I think love is a bareword.”
A little-known guilty pleasure of mine! I think this is from the YA section, but it is a really interesting concept. It’s about how words and language have the power to control people, literally control them. A little bit dark but with the typical YA romantic relationship but referring to some well-known authors, it is suitable for teens and adults.
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
“Sometimes the thoughts and feelings I had didn’t really agree with each other, so I decided I must be lots of different people inside my brain.”
This modern classic follows a teenage boy, Frank who is isolated from the world. Living in seclusion with his father, the boy’s murderous ways make him question his existence and place in the world. An extremely dark and psychological read, the ending of this book will hit you hard.