Alright, this is my Book-Meme (The 20 Day-Version)
A book series you wish would just freaking end already
456 7.11. Eragon (Inheritance, Book 1) - Christopher Paolini
I read the first book and I quite liked it. An I thought it didn't need a sequel. Then I managed to finish the second book after beginning anew about 3 times. And it wasn't too bad after all. But then there was another sequel which I bought but didn't read yet. And I heard there is supposed to be a forth part. It's not that the books are bad but one is still enough.
A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about
15 92. Mysterious Skin - Scott Heim_II
This is one of my favourite books because it deals with very delicate topics but manages to rivet you and enjoy it to the last page. It's upsetting but that is exactly why more people should face up to it.
The best book you've read in the last 12 months
778 83. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
We read this in Class relating to our topic of "Individual VS Society". And this book really impressed me. I couldn't stop reading and I was kind of sad when it was over. A very interesting novel with an unexpected turn of events and the abilty to let the reader feel with the characters. All the worse was the film we saw in comparison afterwards. (Although I had intended not to watch it.)
Your favourite book or series ever
28 8.34. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Ha... - J.K. Rowling
Yeah, yeah I know: everyone likes Harry Potter somehow.
But I can't help it, I grew up with them. Always waiting for the next part to get released and then finishing it in an unusually fast time. I love the way J.K. Rowling puts so much love for detail in her books and really makes this world of magic something special. Many deal with similar topics but she did one of the best jobs one can do.
A book or series you hate/dislike
798 75. Twilight (Twilight Saga, Book 1) - Stephenie Meyer
I dislike these because I think they are simply boring.
I thought the first one was an average piece of work, but after I had read the second (that took me a long time) I stopped to read the Twilight Series. I find the story to repetitive and tiring after some time. The charatcers didn't appeal to me from the beginning and I don't like the fact that Stephenie Meyer lets too much of her personal views and values slip in.
So I lost interest in it, there are certainly way better books that deal with the topic of Vampires/Werewolves.
I don't understaaaaand where that hype's coming from? o.O
Your favourite book of all time
9 7.86. American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
As grotesque as it may be, I was fascinated after finishing it. I can't even explain why, it's just such a "different" book. The style it's written in is unique and there's so much hidden between the lines that lets you smirk but also be shocked sometimes.
It is a very disgusting book but it's nontheless thrilling and full of dark humour.
Least favourite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise
49 8.57. The Rules of Attraction - Bret Easton Ellis
That's for example a thing about Bret Easton Ellis' books.
He's my favourite author and every of his books that I read I actually liked. But he's using the plot of (young) adults living a way of debauchery very often or probably always. But still the story turns out differently every time so it's still fine.
A book everyone should read at least once
555 7.48. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
It's a classic, I guess. Very exciting book with shocking things going on that let one think about the ways of life. It left a big impact on me and I really enjoyed reading it. I also like the huge amount of symbolism.
Makes one ponder over several aspects even more.
Best scene ever
19 8.89. The Raven - Edgar Allan Poe, Gustave Doré
This was a very hard thing to pick since I couldn't remember anything. But this scene probably left the most lasting impression on me. It is dark and distinct, beautifully written and uncompliacted. And still kind of mysterious and obscure. (Gah, paradox!) Just typical for Edgar Allen Poe.
Love it. :D
A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving/liking
43 7.410. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
It did seem interesting but very depressing and I didn't know if I could take that. But in the end I read it and it was beautiful. Yes, also very sad but it was written in a way that let it seem less aggrieving than expected.
After that I didn't even dare to think about watching the film. o__o
A book that disappointed you
19 8.611. Metro 2033 - Dmitry Glukhovsky
I began reading it and just didn't make any progress. I WANT to finish it but it's just so uninteresting. All the actions seem so insignifant and there's no progress in the story. Maybe it gets much better after the first quarter but I just can't get myself to continue.
I thought it would be a cool book because it kinda sounded like a video game... (who knew there would actually be a video game released some time later!)
Favourite childhood book
7 8.312. Silverwing - Kenneth Oppel
As a child I loved animal stories and the story of Silverwing was very well told. Interesting, thrilling, emphatic. And the sequels that followed were also a great addition but still I think the first story of the young bat really moved me the most and I can't even remember how many times I lent it from the library.
Favourite character in a book
3 913. Othello (Penguin Popular Classics) - William Shakespeare
Othello is also one of my favourite books. And of course from the first moment I "fell in love" with the villain.
Iago is just so brilliant though in a completely evil way, it's hard not to like him and his incredible wits.
(Well, either you adore him or you completely hate him I guess.)
Favourite poem or collection of poetry
5 814. Random Acts Of Kindness: 365 Ways to Make th... - Danny Wallace
Does this count? It's poetry in its own way.
Well anyways, it's a delighting and entertaining little book that always manages to draw a smirk from me.
And a nice step to make the world a better place. ;)
Most annoying character ever
4 515. A Streetcar Named Desire (Modern Classics (P... - Tennessee Williams
Never have I seen such a nuisance of a protagonist.
She's conceited and acting submissive and weak in the wrong moments. When she's acting all tough and snobby she's getting on my nerves and I know she hasn't had it easy and she represents some qualities that might be interesting to talk about but in my opinion she shouldn't have bothered her sister at all and come up with another idea with that oh-so-clever head of hers. I know I'm quite unfair but she was just sooo annoying I couldn't stand it.
Sorry, Blanche-Supporters. :/
Best quote from a novel
26 7.716. Othello (New Penguin Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare
Favourite Book Villain from Favourite Book let loose these words:
O! beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey'd monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.
O Iago, I love thee. :)
Any five books from your "to be read" stack
9 8.517. Yes Man - Danny Wallace
Some Danny Wallace is definitely needed asap.
3 618. Glamorama. - Bret Easton Ellis
I want to read everything wrtitten by my favourite author.
Unfortunately we only have the german version here. So I'll have to go look for the original before starting.
25 9.119. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
Got that for my birthday or something..? Or was it x-mas?
Well whatever. It was a present and I read Kite Runner which I greatly enjoyed so I expect only good from this work of Hosseini.
18 820. Tales of the City - Armistead Maupin
Always heard about it, never read it. I think now it's time to go form a view on it.
1 021. Koenig Lear - William Shakespeare
King Lear. In German.
I always need to read Shakespeare in my mother tongue first. Just to make sure I understand everything. Then I go read the original. And I'm currently in a "Shakespeare Phase" so yeah, looking forward to it.
Most irritating book ending
131 822. The Giver - Lois Lowry
The story was very creative in the first place and once could think the ending was obvious to be inventive as well. But it was an open ending and as we read this in class it initiated a lot of discussions. The reader can not be sure what to believe and is left with deciding on his own. Well, that's the point of a turnover. But to make a decision turned out to be very hard/depressing.
I think I will have to re-read it after all.
If a book contains ______, you will always read it (and a book or books that contain it)!
261 8.123. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
the ability to completely draw me in and letting me feel with the characters
What book are you reading right now?
41 7.924. The Picture of Dorian Gray (Penguin Popular ... - Oscar Wilde
Now it's finally holiday time so I can make some progress with this book. ♥
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