Thursday, 24 July 2014

Top Five Reads #3



1. Inferno- Dante Alighieri Not a book for the faint hearted, Dante's Inferno is a book full of beautiful metaphors and descriptions. Centred around one man's journey into hell, I found Dante's prose rather hard to understand, and therefore had to read each pages a few times in order to better understand the complexity of the story. That having been said it is well worth the attempt!!
2. The Night Circus- Erin Morgenstern I love stories centered around magic and mystery. I love how they can transport you into another world so entirely different and other wordly to your own, and The Night Circus is no exception. What I love most about this story is not the story, characters and romances themselves, but the concept of The Night Circus. A entirely black and white circus that appears suddenly in the night, with circular paths set in a clockwork motion leading you to little pockets of wonder. I only wish that such a circus existed.
3. The Motorcycle Diaries- Che Guevara A recommendation from a friend, The Motorcycle Diaries is a journal written by Che Guevara when travelling around South America in his earlier day, pre revolutionary icon. This book is very potent to me at the moment, as I am setting off with friends interailling around Eastern Europe and hope to keep a similar journal off my own adventures. Journals and Diaries often allow us great and personal insight into what has made somone the person they are today, and in this case, what made Che, Che.
4. City of Heavenly Fire- Cassandra Clare The last installment in the Mortal Instrument Series, City of Heavenly Fire sees Shadowhunters (children of human and angels) battle against the forces of evil, namely Sebastian Morgenstar, one of their own who has been tainted with demon blood. Throw in werewolves, warlocks, vampires and fairies and you have an action packed novel fit for any fantasy lover.
5. The Maiden- Cynthia Harrod-Eagles The Morland Series follows one family from the War of the Roses right up to the end of the Second World War, and for all you history lovers out there, is very historically accurate. There's politics, murders, enstranged family members and enough affairs and illigitimate children to have continuous plot twists and hand holds into every major historical event. Rigth now I am in the Stuart-Hanoverian struggle with the Morlands being famously Sturat (with some of them even being daughters of Stuart princes!!). Therfore, Jemmy, the heir of Morland Place is forced to marry a Hanoverian against his wishes in order to save the family.
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  1. Thanks for the suggestions ! Will definitely check these books out

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

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    1. Your welcome. I would highly recommend 'The Motorcycle Diaries' its just so inspiring H xx

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  2. Ooo I LOVED the Night Circus! Good pick xx

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    1. Haha thanks, the concept is just so magical and otherwordly, perfect escape book! H xx

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  3. I need to get into books again...there's so many cool stories out there! x

    Beauty Soup || UK Beauty Blog

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    1. I think everyone goes through a phase of just not reading books, but if you really love to read it always comes back eventually! H xx

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  4. I've read the night circus, I thought it was going to be a little better. Although, the concept of the circus sounded really cool. I haven't read the others but, definately will try them out now that I have some extra time for reading. :)

    Thanks for sharing!

    -Olivia.

    www.foxandmint.blogspot.com.au

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    1. I must admit I loved the concept more than the characters, but still a great read. I could not recommend The Motorcycle Diaries enough, truey inspiring! H xx

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  5. Interested in Night Circus...being a fan of the magic realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (if you haven't read any of his yet, you must) I think I'd enjoy it. Thanks for the recommendations! xx
    Tash | Ballet, Dance & Fitness

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    1. It is full of magic, a great book if you love that kind of genre, and I haven't, but I will definitely check him out! H xx

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  6. I really enjoyed the Night Circus too, and like you, it was the actual circus I liked reading about best. It just sounded so magical. xx

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    1. I am just such a fan of a regular circus, never mind a magical one haha! H xx

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