The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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. IMG_8980 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.IMG_8982 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.IMG_8987 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.

So books happened…

So books happened…

Getting ready for summer vacation includes building up the summer reading pile. Since the start of 2015 I have been obsessed with classic literature, and I plan to continue this passion through the entirety of summer.
IMG_8950Last week I managed to pick up some books and empty my wallet. As much as I love buying new books and taking them home it also gives me anxiety to have a pile of unread books on my shelf (talk about readers problems).

IMG_8957Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte 

I have not read Jane Eyre since I was around nine, the plot has completely vanished from my memory. This year I developed a quite obsession with 19th century literature and Bronte sisters, I will not be waiting long to tackle this beast.

The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

This was love at first sight. Puffin Classics are one of the most beautiful books I have ever come across, need to collect all of them asap! I have finished this book already, review coming soon.

IMG_8958Moby-Dick – Herman Melville

I will have to build up my courage before tackling this monster. Will not lie my knees shake just of the thought of reading this book.

IMG_8964Slaughterhouse five – Kurt Vonnegut 

Decided to pick this book up since I kept hearing people rave about it. I wanted to find out what the hype was all about. As of now I have already read this book and I am left kind of speechless. Not because it was so great or the opposite, but because I did not feel anything at all. I did not connect with characters or the plot. After the last page I was left unsatisfied and empty.

Of Mice & Men – John Steinbeck

I have not read any Steinbeck and this looked like a good place to start. I know nothing of this book, hope it will surprise me. I have noticed that I often have trouble with short books since it is hard to get a feel of the surroundings and the people in just a hundred pages or so.

These are some of the books I will be reading through out the summer. I am sure this list will grow and I will make sure to share any new additions with you readers.

What books are you planning on tackling this summer?

Bookish goals 2015

Bookish goals 2015

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