Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Top Ten Books Natanya Loved But Never Wrote A Review For
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Hey all, it’s Natanya. This week it’s time to give a shout out to all those books you loved but never reviewed, either because you read them before you started blogging, or because you didn’t get a chance to or couldn’t review when you read it. Most of the books on my list are ones that I read before we began this blog. A couple of them I could have easily reviewed at the time, but for the most part I don't know if I could have managed to review these. This is actually almost a list of my all-time favorite books, give or take a couple.
1. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger: I read this at the end of my senior year of high school, and may have done poorly on my AP chemistry exam because of this book. I literally couldn't put it down. I walked through the halls to class reading it, and spent a decent amount of time in class reading it as well, instead of studying for my AP and IB exams.
2. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood: The book that started my Atwood obsession, which I read at the end of junior year of high school. It blew me away. I probably wouldn’t have been able to write a review of this even if I’d read it more recently…I couldn’t have put my feelings into words.
3. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss: Sigh. This book is beautiful. I read this freshman year of college and wrote a very short review of it on Goodreads in which I said that I couldn’t explain it. You just have to read it.
4. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes: I read this the summer after my sophomore year of high school. I read the whole book in one night and cried at the end. Another book I probably couldn’t have written a review for, and one which I’d love to reread.
5. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch: I read this in a few hours (it’s very short) a couple years ago, and my copy of it is now filled with little post-it tabs because there are so many amazing quotations in here. This is so inspirational.
6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley: I first read this in 8th grade and barely understood it, but still loved it. I read it again in 10th grade and it became one of my favorite novels. I read it again in 11th grade, and still loved it, but it definitely had a different effect on me each time I read it.
7. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee: I read this in my first college literature class, and it was amazing. The main character is pretty hateable, but that just makes the novel even better. It has a ton of commentary on South African apartheid, which I found pretty interesting.
8. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami: This was my first Murakami book, and it was fantastic. Many Murakami fans don't like it because it isn't very similar to his other novels and is a bit more “normal” than the others (so maybe it wasn’t the best one of his novels to read first), but I loved it and loved the other 2 novels of his I've read.
9. In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje: I read this in February and loved it, but I wasn't sure how to review it because it’s just so unique. I kept procrastinating on my review until eventually I gave up on ever writing it. (And…a fun tidbit: Ondaatje, like Atwood, is a Canadian author, and is the author of The English Patient!)
Hmm…I don’t have a 10th right now. Obviously there are many more books that I enjoyed but read long before blogging, but these are, I guess, the most significant ones.
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