Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice & Emma

Hi!

I’m starting this type of posts where I will write about my favourite books. Those are most commonly books which inspire me and make me think about them even long after I finish them – and when I read them cover to cover, I want to reread them as soon as possible. You know when you get the feeling like you’ve lost something? Well, that’s how I feel when I finish those books. In those kind of posts you will find some classics as well as the newest releases, and if you have any suggestions, share them so I (and those of you who may be reading this) can discover other great works. And please, leave the comment below to tell me what you think about the books, what are your favourites… I would love to read all about those.

When I thought about which book to share with you first, I thought about two, both from the same author – Jane Austen. I’ve heard about Pride and Prejudice a long time ago, kind of knew it existed even when I was growing up, but I was too young so I never came to reading it. I was obsessed with Harry Potter back then, too, so I didn’t even think about reading something else. But then, I finally decided it’s time to read it. And I’m not even a bit sorry for that, as it really is a great book. I didn’t know anything about other Austen’s works, and didn’t really think about them despite I loved her style of writing. I discovered Emma in Amsterdam’s Waterstones, where I was looking for an English version of Pride and Prejudice. I found such a beautiful release, it was so perfect I just couldn’t leave it behind. So I bought it, read it and fell in love with it immediately. It’s just something about Jane Austen’s books I can relate to completely.

“We are all fools in love.”

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE takes us back to England in late 18th century. In the house of Mr Bennet, mother’s only worry is to marry all five of her daughters into wealthy families. Heroine of the book is Elisabeth (Lizzy) Bennet, smart and beautiful young woman who is not afraid to speak her own mind and is too often embarrased by her mother’s blind attempts to marry her. When she meets Mr Darcy, they both instantly hate each other. Yet the story gets complicated when the two of them realise love isn’t a choice, but destined feeling.

“You must be the best judge of your own happiness.”

EMMA is a young, very pretty girl, who still lives with her rich father, although she’s enough old to get married, but really doesn’t want to. After all, she is the only daughter that is left to take care of her old, ill father. In her free time, she enjoys predicting who will marry whom, no matter if she’s wrong or right, she will tell her ideas to anybody who will listen, really, and with that she manages to break quite a few young women’s hearts. With a love interest or two, she doesn’t have boring life, and if you think it’s just a simple love story, you are wrong – it’s a lot more than that.

 

Love,

xxx

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Niven: All the Bright Places

”You are all the colors in one, at full brightness.”

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I had problems. One, maybe two years back. My sadness was only building up, my self-confidence falling as fast as it could. I don’t know whether I was depressed or just genuinely sad, but it was a dark time of my life. I was right at the bottom.

Now, reaching for a book that talks about how mental illness (bipolar disorder, in this case) and depression intertwine with love, I wish it was written before. I feel like it would help me heal mentally and encourage me go back to the person I was before all the troubles started pilling up.

All the Bright Places helps people to see the real problem with mental illness. Through the eyes of two teenagers, Violet Markey and Theodore Finch, you can sense the pain that the two characters go through. If you’re currently hurting and can’t find a way out of your darkness, the book gives you hope that everything will come back where it’s supposed to be. If somebody close to you ever committed suicide, this book might help you deal with the death many people in the world still don’t accept. And if you are one of (not many) people that are completely happy, than this book is not a complete lost, it’s actually a perfect romance story.

But I think writer’s main point was to help people who can’t help themselves. If you’re thinking about suicide, I know you don’t think about anything else. You start losing control over your own mind, feel like you’re trapped inside a cage and you can’t get out no matter how hard you try. With just one thought on your mind: how can you end this suffering. People are born with differences, not only in appearance, but also in destiny. Some are meant to live happily ever after, some are not. Some will break a limb or two, some will get cancer, some will suffer from depression. And isn’t it sad that those three groups of people will most definitely suffer a lot, but not all of them will get the same sympathy. Those with cancer will get flowers, constant visits to the hospital, infinite support from their close ones. Those with broken limbs will heal in a matter of weeks, months, even years, go to rehab and, hopefully, get to live happily ever after. But those with depression will close themselves in their rooms, lying in dark not being able to sleep, living without actually being alive. They won’t receive any flowers. Maybe nobody will notice there is something wrong with them. They might be even called names, accused of being weak, selfish, weird, different. And if they finish their life by themselves, because no one was there to hold their hands while getting healed, people won’t light candles, because they think it’s not OK to commit suicide. Don’t take me wrong, I  don’t think suicide is a solution either, but I understand it. I don’t judge because I’ve been there, and I can only imagine how it feels if it’s, for example, ten-times worse.

As I’ve said before, a good book slightly changes you as a person. Rating it 10/10, not only it was a great light summer reading, but also made me understand suicide, all the pain that I wasn’t able to describe before. It helped me to become more healed, although I believe you can never really leave all things behind yourself. And made me realise that it’s OK to be who you are, to feel what you feel, to share your thoughts with another human being.

Love,

xxx

Harper Lee: Go Set a Watchman

”You’re color blind, Jean Louise,” he said. ”You always have been, you always will be. The only differences you see between one human and another are differences in looks ad intelligence and character and the like. You’ve never been prodded to look at people as a race, and now that race is the burning issue of the day, you’re still unable to think racially. You only see people.”
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When I finished the book, I was astonished. I’ve read To Kill a Mockingbird few months before and was very impressed with it, but the continuation was even better (if that’s even possible, hah).
The book is set twenty years after the finishing of the first one. Grown up Jean Louise (Scout) Finch is back visiting her hometown. As she talks to her acquaintances, meets new people and gets trapped into all the arguments, she starts to notice details she didn’t when she was younger. About themes that she didn’t even care about back then.
She starts to realise there is more to this world than just simple black and white truths. That a person can have positive as well as negative qualities. She starts to learn how to separate love from attachment, heart’s desires from wise decisions. She starts to mentally grow up.
I think this book is brilliant. It brings together topics that wouldn’t be allowed to being talked about 30, 40 years ago and are still not accepted in certain parts of the world. Racism really is a subject many people have strong opinion on. I have to say I’m lucky this theme is not very close to me as I grew up in a country where racism doesn’t have that much of an impact on children. Especially hatred between black and white race, as there aren’t a lot of black people who live here. So I’ve always thought it’s not a big deal, hating as just something people develop from fear (or love, but that’s another subject) and will always be here. But since I started reading news, books about that subject (for example, The Help), I realised that, especially in America, it still is (as well as was) a huge deal. And learning about the world’s history, I figured out it isn’t just about black-white race anymore, but more about people being attacked for who their ancestors are, for being different from others, although they can’t do anything about it, because that’s just the way they are. And I think it’s sad that some think they are better than others, just because. I despise violence in every sense of the word. Reading about it, thinking about it, makes me understand one of world’s largest problems. Makes me want to change something, even if it’s just about myself (because after all, you always have to start with yourself) to live for a better future.
This book makes you think, which is exactly what I’m looking for when I’m on a hunt for new books. I believe only the best books make people think about them even long after they’ve already finished reading. And even if you don’t see it right away, you slightly change with every book you read. Well, this one changed me. Changed my view on the world. I would definitely give it 10/10.

What do I need for a perfect summer holidays?

Hello!

So, it’s summer again, yay! No more pullovers, long jeans  and fuzzy socks, finally. When it comes to picking my favourite part of a year, I would definitely say that summer holidays are somewhere on the top. But what do I need to make the most out of them? I’ve came up with a short list of my ”Summer Essentials”, I hope you’ll find it interesting and maybe even useful.

A BOOK

I am a true bookworm and  in a need of a book or two constantly by my side. This summer, I’m already loving All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, and I’m looking forward to reading Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, which is a well-rated and pretty new thriller. But I will soon be publishing a few blog posts, basically lists about books of different genres that I would recommend you to read it, that’s why I won’t go into details right here. So stay tuned!

iPOD and HEADPHONES

Music is a huge part of  my life. And of course I take it with me wherever I go, whether is this in a foreign county or just on my couch. Currently, my favourite song has to be Up and Up by Coldplay, I just think their music is awesome! But I have a feeling that we will listen to a lot of This Is What You Came For by Calvin Harris and Rihanna – though due to a breakup, Taylor Swift will probably release a new hit soon, and of course, I can’t wait to hear it.

WRECK THIS JOURNAL (author: Keri Smith)

It’s technically a book, so I’m kind of cheating. But for those who aren’t familiar with a concept of it – it’s a book that you destroy with completing different artistic assignments, for example ”Pick up the journal without using your hands” or ”Draw fat lines and thin, pushing really hard with a pencil”. It’s dedicated to perfectionists all over the world, and I’m a huuge one, so I decided to give it a try.

So that’s all from my side for now, but if there are any of you who read this, I would love to hear what your ”Summer Essentials” are 🙂

Enjoy this summer!

Lots of love,

xxx