Summer reads (2017)

This summer I finally had the chance to enjoy some of the books I have been wanting to read for a year now. There was a lot going on in university these past two semesters and I had a lot of catching up to do so reading anything outside the reading list for my American literature lecture was just no go. After finishing all my exams and courses I was able to enjoy reading as something to bring you pleasure and not as a mandatory task. I have a Goodreads account so if you want to search for some new ideas for books you can definitely have a look. Here I am not going to elaborate on each book, but I will give a brief resume and my opinion about it.

  • A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable
  • I actually enjoyed this book, because it was the first read for this summer break and I took it with me to the beach. It is an interesting story about an apartment in Paris that has been locked up for decades and once an auction firm gets its hands on it they find all sort of treasures inside of it (mainly luxurious furniture) and the writings of a Parisian courtesan, who owned the apartment accompanied with her diaries telling the story of her life and wealth. I would definitely say this is a book, which you read and once you are done with it you never pick up again (but in my opinion only a few books are really worth reading multiple times). However, it is lightly written and very easy to read. Therefore, it was a good choice if you want something not too engaging and maybe as a quick read before sleep. I can say it is a page-turner since I finished it in three days.

    2. For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway 

    Honestly, this choice was made by the time I was starting to feel guilty that I am not reading anything for university. This book has been laying around for an year on my bookshelf so I decided it was only wise to get over with it. If I have to be frank this was not the best thing I have read by Hemingway. I much more enjoyed “The old man and the sea” and “Hills like white elephants” but from a professional point of view I decided it had to be read. For all of you, who are fans of the revolutionary acts of the socialists – this is your book. The plot is taking place in Spain and is following an American man working with a republican guerrilla. I am not a big fan of war novels, but only because of that I did not find the book so amusing. Apart from that the unmistakable style of Hemingway was enough of a compensation for me.

    3. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeny

    This is one of the most recent things I am reading and I should say that the annotation is much more appealing than the book itself. It is definitely a suitable beach read, but I don’t know if I would re-read this book ever again. I found the style and structure of the novel quite interesting, and the way the author creates the nexus between her disturbed and diverse characters is simply amusing. Therefore, although the plot may not be everyone’s cup of tea, the thought behind the novel’s structure is worth reading.



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