The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a children’s book first published in 1911. This particular edition is from Puffin Classics containing 340 pages. The story is told from the viewpoint of Mary Lennox, a ten year old British girl from India. After the death of her parents she moves to Yorkshire to live with her uncle.There she discovers, as the title suggests, a secret garden that holds many of the family secrets. This is a heartwarming and a satisfying story. The story may seem over sentimental at times, but sometimes it is exactly what one needs. The world is at times so complicated that it is beneficial to look at it through child´s eyes and be reminded that pleasures are to be found in the most simple of things. The children show that magic exists everywhere if one only remembers to look for it. The development the two of the three main children go through is extremely well structured. They grow and learn from their mistakes. I always enjoy when one is in a totally different place and mindset at the end of the book compared to the start. The Yorkshire setting is my favorite setting in books, the moors are so captivating and mysterious. I always struggle with reading Yorkshire accent, but this time it was relatively easy most likely because it is a children’s book. The ending was satisfying, but I would have liked a chapter or two more to tie the ending more together. Overall it has been an uplifting reading experience.
While the rest of the world has started counting calories since the start of the New Year, I have once again started counting my pages and setting my self some bookish goals. I left 2014 proudly with 63 books in my read pile, this year my goal is set to 50. As of now I´m less interested in numbers, and more interested in reading books that I have been wanting to read for years, but that I have been way to intimidated to read, whether because of its language or size.
Here I present the delightful books that I hope I will have in my read pile by the end of 2015:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Emma by Jane Austen
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The Divine Comedy by Dante
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Alice´s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The first paragraph indicates the books that I already own, and since I made this list at the beginning of the new year I have already manage to read two books of this list. The second paragraph is the one that I will have to empty my pockets for.
Lets set aside the hopes and star reading