I read a lot of book reviews, sometimes they are short, other times darn long, giving away most of the book. And over a period of last 4-5 months, I have read about ten books and I thought about reviewing a few of them, keeping it short and sweet, I hope.
1.The girl with all the gifts – Mike Carey
I would say I have only been reading thrillers and classics for a year until I stumbled upon this gem of a book. So it’s Science fiction and a teensy bit if visualized would fall into horror. I didn’t know the genre of this book before I began reading. I read the title and instantly started reading. The beginning was subtle and totally gripped me after first few chapters. The plot basically revolves around a girl (with gifts, you’ll realize what kind when you read, I am not giving that away) and her favorite teacher whom she is in love with and would go to any bounds to protect her. So science fiction meets action meets love and there you have it – one of the best spontaneous decisions of my life. I would rate it a 3.8/5 and sure is worth a read, especially if you aren’t a SciFi reader.
2. Tess of d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
If you know me, you know my list wouldn’t be complete without a classic. Tess is our heroine, whom men love and she is the quintessential good girl whom you cannot pity enough. When you read a classic like this one, you get quite angry. There was a point when I had almost lost faith in Tess, in the story. But she never gave up and neither did I. Yes, the book is heart-breaking but there were some very beautiful moments which only a classic can give you. The characters are fresh, and only rarely you come across a book where you go wrong about the villain. The climax took me by surprise, something unexpected just like a thriller and that was some closure for all the anger caused initially. I would totally rate it a 4, for the story, for Tess and the writing. If you must read, tell me your favorite passage/quote/something about it.
3. Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
Holden, unlike “phony” teenagers around him, is essentially a naive teen who can write “swell” essays. Imagine someone pulling out your raw thoughts around all the activities happening in your life and putting it in a book, Salinger did that and how! It was again one of the best reads and also the quickest. I read it in a day’s time and I felt them swell vibes. Out of the 3 books, if you aren’t an ardent reader or prefer quick but fantastic reads, GO FOR THIS GUYS! Definitely a 4.5 for this one.