I’m one of those girls who loves to spend hours and hours in bookstores or libraries. Most of the people don’t understand why but I just love the atmosphere there – book-shelf’s as far as the eye can see, this unique smell of new books and old pages and this calmness everywhere. How can you not love it? The only “disadvantage” (well, it’s just a disadvantage for my wallet) is, that these visits at the bookstore seduce me to buy more and more books. At the moment I have so many, that I have absolutely no space for them. I don’t know where to put them anymore and that’s a huge problem, but after all I don’t care and I still buy more of them. You could say I’m a bit addicted 😀
And since I own tons of books, of course, I spend a lot of time reading in my garden or at home. There were times in which I read two or three books at the same time, because I couldn’t wait to start another one. But that was a bit confusing 😀 Most of the time I read novels, which are set or written in the past, and biographies, especially from actors and actresses from the Golden Age of Old Hollywood. Nevertheless, I don’t stick to any genre and I’m always open to read something totally different.
As you can see, literature and books are a big part of me and that’s why I’m going to make a list of my top 5 favorite novels today, to give you some inspiration.
1. “The Great Gatsby” (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald
For everyone who doesn’t already know it, F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my favorite authors and “The Great Gatsby” is definitely my favorite novel of him. I read it more than ones, also in English. And in 12th grade, I wrote my term paper in English about “The American Dream” based on Fitzgerald’s novel. So I would say I know a lot about this book and if you haven’t read it yet, you definitely have to!
Story line: The young Nick Carraway tells about his summer in Long Island during the 1920’s. The centre of the story is his neighbor, the millionaire Jay Gatsby who throws big parties, is full of mystery and desperately wants to regain his first love Daisy Buchanan, who is by chance Nick’s cousin.
2. “Pride and Prejudice” (1813) by Jane Austen
I have to admit that I read this one for the first time after watching the TV Mini-series with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, which is by the way one of my favorite Jane Austen filmizations. Normally I don’t like to watch the movie before reading the book, but now I have to live with it 😛 Anyway, I really love this novel and it’s for sure my favorite romance because it’s totally different to the romances these days. And let’s be real, who doesn’t falls in love with Mr. Darcy?
Story line: The story plays in the Gregorian England and it’s about the five Bennet sisters – Elizabeth, Jane, Mary, Kitty and Lydia – who couldn’t be more different. One day a young wealthy man called Mr. Bingley and his friend Mr. Darcy arrive in their neighborhood and everything changes.
3. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (1999) by Stephen Chbosky
What I love about this book is that it was only written in letters. It’s so touching and wonderful written, that you desperately want to reread it after finishing it.
Story line: The fifteen-year-old Charlie starts his first high school year and since he is still coping with the suicide of his best friend, he starts to write letters to a stranger to reduce his anxiety. He finds two new friends, Patrick and his step-sister Sam, and through the year, he makes a lot of new experiences.
4. “Where Rainbows End”/”Love, Rosie” (2004) by Cecelia Ahern
Some of you may know the movie with Lily Collins and Sam Claflin, but the book is at least as good as the movie. It’s not the normal type, it consists of little letters, notes, dialogues and E-mails, which is in my opinion really great. I enjoyed this book so much that I finished it in only a few days and I can only recommend it to every book and romance lover.
Story line: The two main characters are Rosie and Alex, who have been best friends since they were 5 years old. Through the years, they end up getting separated from time time but the tie that binds them cannot be undone. When it comes to love it’s everyone else but each other, until they finally realize who’s the right person for them.
5. “The Picture of Dorian Gray” (1890) by Oscar Wilde
This one is a total classic and I don’t know what to say about it but it’s definitely a must for everyone who’s interested into literature.
Story line: It’s about Dorian Gray, a beautiful young man, who gets painted by Basil Hallward. While posing for it, he meets Basil’s friend Lord Henry, who has a bad influence on him. And so begins Dorian’s life full of seduction and moral corruption.
So these are my 5 favorites. It was really hard to decide because there are so many books I adore. If you want to me to make more book recommendations, just tell me. I hope you enjoyed it a little bit and I can’t wait for my next blog post. See you soon and lots of love as always,
Your Shirinatra xx