Today I’m going to be updating the book list I have head to read for my uni course, and my opinion on them all. The books that follow are books from term 2 and 3.
1. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
A classic book that I have read multiple times and still love.
2. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
3. Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson
The title sounds weird I know, but I honestly really enjoyed this book. The following part is from the introduction, written by Winterson herself, and I hope you like her words as much as I do:
The trick is to turn your own life into something that has meaning for people whose experience is nothing like your own. Write what you know is good advice. Read what you don’t know is better advice…Reading is an adventure. Adventures are about the unknown…Literature is about a mix of unfamiliarity and recognition.
4. My Antonia – Willa Cather
This was a really interesting story about a girl who moves with her family to Nebraska to set up a better life. However, its told from the point of view of Jim Burden, Antonia’s adoring friend who lives with his brother and Granparents not far from her. Such a good story of friendship and family and sometimes, loss.
5. Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
We all know this movie with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton right? Well, the books as jumpy in it’s narrative as the film but that’s what makes it so good; you’re always kept interested.
6. All The Petty Horses – Cormac McCarthy
7. Foe – J.M Coetzee
Though not something I would normally read, this story is about story-telling itself, and identity. Written from the perspective of Susan Barton who becomes stranded on an island with Crusoe and Friday and lives to tell the tale.
8. Coraline – Neil Gaiman
9. The Go-Between – L.P Hartley
I loved this book! Probably the best book on my course this year! Such a good plot and the writing is so good; set in 1952 the narrator Leo looks back on the summer of his 13th birthday and the events and through his eyes we experience it too.
10. The adoption Papers – Jackie Kay
A collection of poetry about the three women involved in an adoption – the biologiacl mother, the adopitve mother and the daughter. This was so interesting to read because each character had their own font but their poems were inter-woven together, much like their connections in life.
Hope you enjoed this blog, Alice.