Hey guys, I thought it would be fun to do a bit of a bookish question and answer to share with you some of my thoughts, favourites and dislikes of the book world!
A book I wish I could read for the first time again
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I absolutely loved this book and it was so sad in such an endearing way. Throughout the whole book you’re not quite sure why the story is being told in the way it is and it was revealed in a really powerful way. So, while I’m sure I will read this book again one day, it would never quite have the same effect because of the fact that I would now know what I knew at the end… if that makes sense.
A character that reminds me of someone I love
There’s loads of these in every book, I’m sure, but one of the most prominent that springs to mind is Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. She reminds me of my best friend – her love of reading, her awe-inspiring intelligence and determination in anything she does. Also the fact that she’s an amazing best friend.
The last book that made me cry
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara literally had me ugly crying heart wrenching sobs numerous times throughout the book. Jane Eyre brought tears to my eyes but in a touching and emotive way – not a soul destroying way, as with A Little Life.
A book I had to force myself to finish
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. Sorry, Leo but it was just so damn long. I did finish it though, I did. There were so many characters to keep track of; most of the time I had no idea who I was reading about and by the time I figured it out, it had switched to another character. Also, the very ending of the book felt much more like a lecture than a story.
A book I could not finish
I rarely do not finish a book but one was Anna Karenina (sorry again Leo). I was enjoying it but I think halfway through I got so busy and left it for ages and never picked it back up again. Probably the only other book I did not finish ever was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. I just could not get along with the writing style at all, I mean, I do not need a full blown description of each room a person walks into. I also do not want to sit there reading about a character putting ikea furniture together – that’s really all I remember from that book.
A character that I could relate to
There’s so many characters I can relate to because when I’m reading that’s how I connect with the book most of the time. Some characters I related to mentioned here in other answers were Hermione, Tess and Jane. Another book I read recently where I really related to one of the characters was Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak. In this book I could relate to Peri – another book lover and at times confused and struggling to find her way.
A character I really disliked
JB from A Little Life. Some of his characteristics were completely in line with things I really dislike in real life: his brash comments, his selfishness, his arrogance… these things just irritate me and I don’t want them around me. Also, some of the things he did and said to his friends – UGH.
An ending I wish could have been different
Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy. I mean, why? All of that hurt and suffering which actually turned out in the end to be completely unnecessary and unjustified… I just… It wasn’t fair. Sigh.
What about you guys? I’m curious to hear your answers to these questions too, let me know! 🙂