Thursday, 27 March 2014
Top 5 Wednesday: Recommendation to new readers
This Wednesday we are to list 5 books which we would recommend to new readers. As you may know, I mainly read classics, so don't be surprised if a lot of classics end up on here. So here we go:
1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is 15 and has Asperger's Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about Maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down."
This is a really easy read, but so impressive and so well written. It's only around 270 pages, and I guarantee you will flip through it within a few days, even if you barely ever read. It's written from a kid's perspective, which of course makes it all a lot easier, and there are a lot of pictures in it.
2. The Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum
I'm just going to assume you all know what this is about. I believe it's one of the children's classics everybody should have read at least once in their lifetime. We all know many adaptations of it, and I think it's important to know the source behind those. As I said, it's children's lit, and it's under 150 pages, so it's no real effort at all.
3. To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
"A lawyer's advice to his cihldren as he defends the real mockingbird of this enchanting classic - a black man charged wit hthe rape of a white girl."
This is my favourite book of all time. I think this was the first (modern) classic I ever read and I was so impressed by it. The way it is written takes some getting used to, but once you're used, you won't be able to put the book down.
4. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
"Orphaned into cold charity at the hands of her rich cousins and, later, at Lowood School, Jane escapes to take up a position as governess to the young ward of Mr Rochester."
This novel is a beautiful introduction to Victorian Literature. It's one of the less depressing ones which makes it a good start. It's a must-read and a real treat.
5. The Time Travellers Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
This basically tells the story of a couple of whom the man is a time traveller. One of my favourite love stories of all time and my favourite post 2000 novel. Go read it.
Now let's go back to writing this essay I'm supposed to.