Topic: Ten Books I've Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately
1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary. She takes a badly needed job working for an ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair, bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
2. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
I loved the movie and wanted to read the book for a really long time. Jonathan is a Jewish college student is in search of a person who can tell him about his roots. Together with his guide Alex they look for a woman who might have saved Jonathan's grandfather from the Nazis.
3. The Leopard by Jo Nesbø
The 8th book in Harry Hole series. In the deep winter the killer walks the streets of Oslo. His victims are 2 young women found with 24 puncture wounds. Police does not have a clue and need the expert help of Harry Hole, who is hiding in Honk Kong from the aftereffects of Snowman investigation.
4. Phantom by Jo Nesbø
The 9th book about inspector Harry Hole. Now Harry lives in Hong Kong, but need to return to Oslo and rejoin the police force when Oleg, the son of a woman he loved, is arrested for a murder. Harry Hole sets out on his own dangerous investigation, which takes him into the world of drugs.
5. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
I have heard so much about this author and the book itself that I just needed to have a look what it is all about.
The novel's protagonist, Iris Chase, and her sister Laura, grow up well-off, but motherless in a small town in Southern Ontario. As an old woman, Iris recalls the events and relationships of her childhood, youth and middle age, including her unhappy marriage to Toronto businessman Richard Griffen. The book includes a novel within a novel.
7. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
It seems I am the only one in the book blogger community who has not either read the book or watched a movie.
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. But this one particular day something strange happens and Rachel goes to the police.
7. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
As I understand from synopsis this is the combination of my favorite historical period and magic. I am really looking forward to read this book before I see the TV series. An alternative history set in 19th-century England around the time of the Napoleonic Wars, it is based on the premise that magic once existed in England and has returned with two men: Gilbert Norrell and Jonathan Strange. Centred on the relationship between these two men, the novel investigates the nature of "Englishness" and the boundaries between reason and unreason, Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Dane, and Northern and Southern English cultural tropes/stereotypes.
8. Persuasion by Jane Austen
I have read almost all books by Jane Austen and Persuasion was the one I have difficulty to find before. So now I have it and it is waiting for its moment.
The story concerns Anne Elliot, a young Englishwoman of 27, whose family is moving to lower expenses and get out of debt, at the same time the wars come to an end, putting sailors on shore. They rent their home to an Admiral and his wife. The wife’s brother, Navy Captain Frederick Wentworth, was engaged to Anne in 1806, and now they meet again, both single and unattached, no contact in more than seven years. This sets the scene for many humorous encounters as well as a second, well-considered chance at love and marriage for Anne Elliot in her second "bloom".
9. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
A story of a proud working woman whose life is complicated by three different men - respectable farmer Boldwood, seductive Sergeant Troy and devoted Gabriel - making her the object of scandal and betrayal.
10. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
A mysterious young widow arrives at Wildfell Hall, an Elizabethan mansion which has been empty for many years, with her young son and servant. She lives there in strict seclusion under the assumed name Helen Graham and very soon finds herself the victim of local slander. Refusing to believe anything scandalous about her, Gilbert Markham, a young farmer, discovers her dark secrets. In her diary, Helen writes about her husband's physical and moral decline through alcohol, and the world of debauchery and cruelty from which she has fled.