Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Recently I've been reading..

I felt like I haven't done a book review type post in aaages! Since finishing uni, I've found it quite hard to get back into reading non uni normal books as I hadn't in so long. In the past month though I've managed to get through 3 which is pretty good for me!

Richard Matheson ~ I am Legend
I'm sure many of you will have seen the film with Will Smith in? Well I only found out 2 months ago that it was adapted from a book written in the fifties. If you haven't seen the film and want to, STOP READING NOW! The film is about a virus that spreads across the world, with only one survivor- Robert Neville. The virus makes zombie like humans that only come out at night. After reading the book, I now understand that the humans are not 'zombies' they are vampires. However Matheson's book was revolutionary in the Zombie genre as it was the first of it's kind and sparked the topic among horror enthusiasts. The vampire virus spread, in his book, as a zombie virus might, with only one survivor Robert Neville. The ending of the book is different to the movie so I won't give too much away. But I really enjoyed and now believe the movie ruined and changed far too much of Matheson'sgreat novel. 

Aravind Adiga ~ The White Tiger
The story is about Balram- the White Tiger. who works in a teashop, in a banal mind numbing job. He was removed from school early by his parents to work in the tea shop and see's a way out as a chauffeur to a rich man in his village. From this job he discovers New Delhi and keeps wanting more and more and begins to think comitting the odd crime worn't hurt anyone. This gets worse and worse untill the ending which I won't give away. I really enjoyed this story, I thought it was different and can see why it won a Man Booker prize.

Markus Zusak ~ The Book Thief
This has to be one of my favourite books that I go back to again and again. It revolves around nine year old Liesel, who lives with foster parents in the time of the third Reich after her parents were taken to a communist camp and after he brother's funeral she comes across a book. Following this she comes acoss many many books that she steals. All becasue she loves her step father reading to her at night. The story is narrated by 'death' and talks of the horrors of the world wars, but it is well done. I'd recommend this to people who enjoy books like 'a thousand splendid suns', 'the kite runner' or 'the fault in our stars'.

What have you all been reading lately? Do you have any recommendations- I love hearing about new books I wouldn't otherwise have come across?

24 comments :

  1. I love The Book Theif, made me cry! I've not read it since it came out so think it's about due a re-read actually. I have to say though that I think I Am Legend is maybe one of the few books in the world that I preferred the film! I just liked that ending better, plus Will Smith, mmm :P Great choice of books and lovely post! x x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

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    1. I don't think I'd read The Book Thief for a few years before I picked it up a month or so ago :). Me too, after finishing the I Am Legend book, I def prefer the film!
      Daniella x

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  2. I haven't read any of these books but it looks interesting :)
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    1. The Book thief is probably one of my fav books of all time
      Daniella x

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  3. Hi! hahahaha 'All the good names were taken' hahahaha
    xoxo
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    1. Glad you like the name :)
      Daniella x

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  4. The Book Thief is on my must-read list, I always hear such amazing reviews!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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    1. It's such a good read, probs one of my all time favs!
      Daniella x

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  5. I have never read one of those but I´m interested now :) X Anna

    www.fashionanna.com

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    1. Hope you do, would recommend all of them, depending on what you like to rad obvs :)
      Daniella x

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  6. i miss reading for fun :( i'm eye deep in freud and ford...xx

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    1. I did too, uni really puts you off reading for pleasure.
      Daniella x

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  7. I really liked this post - always great to hear what someone else is reading! (;
    And can I just say how I love your header and the text - genius!

    x Sofie
    http://sofiescurlymess.blogspot.dk

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    1. Me too, it's always great to read reviews and find great new books to read :)
      Aw thanks haha
      Daniella x

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  8. Im trying to read more books, currently reading a street cat called bob. :) x

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    1. Ooh that's on my list of books to read! it looks so good!
      Daniella x

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  9. Love readin book reviews! I always want to read more but just find I never have the time. Had no idea that movie was from a book!

    http://mylushbox.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Me too, I never seem to find the time. A I've finally finished Breaking Bad I have a bit more time now to read in the evenings haha
      Daniella x

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  10. I didn't know I am Legend was a book either, definitely gonna look this one up as I absolutely love the film

    Please come check out my latest post if you have time :)

    Fragile Bird | www.fragile-bird.blogspot.co.uk

    Helen

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    1. Yeah it was a bit of a surprise, and the fact it's about vampires!
      Daniella x

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  11. Hey Daniella,I really like your blog. I've recently started reading again after being off it for like two years! I', reading a book called "The other hand" by Chris Cleave. Its incredible.

    www.happygirlsshine.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you. Shall have to have a google of The Other Hand. Thanks for the recommendation
      Daniella x

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  12. oh myyyy how the book theif made me cry! I was reading the end on a coach aswell, not a good look! haha thanks for the recommendations,always on the look out for a good book!

    ordaining serendipity

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    1. It's such a sad book isn't it- I love it though!
      Daniella x

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