Top Ten Tuesday #7 – September 16th: Top Authors I NEED To Read More

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The Broke And The Bookish presents us every week a new top ten with a different theme. And this Tuesday’s theme is the Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED To Read More. There are quite a few authors I would like to read more books of… Some are authors of series I need to continue. Of others I’ve enjoyed my first experience with their work and would like to read more. They are listed below in no particular order:

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  • Leigh Bardugo: I´ve read Shadow And Bone of the The Grisha series and absolutely loved it. I really need to start reading the other two books soon… (I actually own a copy of Siege And Storm, but it is in Spanish and I prefer trying to get the English version first before I start reading… I prefer reading books in the original language they were written in.)
  • James Dashner: I’ve read The Maze Runner, and even though I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have thought before reading, I still want to read the first of the series. Plus, I already own a copy of book number two and three, so there is no holding back… Except for the fact that my copy of The Scorch Trials is in Spanish, and I prefer reading it in English as I explained above.
  • Sarah J. Maas: I’ve read Throne Of Glass en I enjoyed it. Since the last book just came out, I really need to read book number two and three soon… I have Crown Of Midnight already, but it is in Spanish… (This is getting repititive, I know.)

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  • Patrick Rothfuss: I’ve read and loved The Name Of The Wind, and now I want to get my hands on book number two as soon as possible… Although the wait for Rothfuss to finish the third book will probably become unbearable.
  • Ian McEwan: I’ve heard many great things about this author, but I’ve only read Atonement so far. I really need to buy more of his books (like Saturday and Sweet Tooth) soon…
  • Rainbow Rowell: I’ve finally read Eleanor & Park not so long ago, and I really have to check out more of her work! Landline, Fangirl, Attachments… They all sound interesting.

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  • Jonathan Safran Foer: I’ve read Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and liked his writing style… I’m looking forward to read more of his work. (Like Everything Is Illuminated.)
  • Jeannette Walls: I´ve read The Glass Castle and was truly impressed by it. Now I would like to read Half Broke Horses and The Silver Star to continue reading about Jeannette and her family…
  • Lee Childs: I’ve read Killing Floor and even though it’s a bit too Rambo/Die Hard for me, I would like to see how the main character develops.
  • Ismael Beah: I’ve read A Long Way Gone some time ago and it is really an impressive memoir… I would like to read Radiance Of Tomorrow as well.

 

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BOOK REVIEW: Atonement – by Ian McEwan

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Title: Atonement
Author: Ian McEwan
Genre: Historical Fiction, WWII, Romance
First published: 2001
Finished reading: June 22nd 2014
Pages: 351
Rating 4,5

“He thought about telling them of his own single, haunting detail. But he didn’t want to add to the horror, and nor did he want to give life to the image while it remained at a distance, held there by wine and companionship.”

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Wow. I knew already this book was probably going to be good after various people recommending it to me, and I must say Ian McEwan didn’t disappoint at all with his novel. Atonement is devided into three parts, and each part has its own identity, appropriate action and writing style. The first part is in a way a bit slow, but it is beautifully written and it’s content necessary to understand the actions of the main characters during the second part. The second part is all about the second world war and its consequences, while the last part is about feelings of guilt and looking back on events of the past. All together those three parts form a recipe for a great book and one of my favorites this year. The only thing that refrained me of giving the full five stars is the slowness of the first part of the book, even though I still quite enjoyed it.

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The story starts when we meet a thirteen year old girl Briony Tallis, an aspiring writer and blessed/cursed with a rich imagination. She lives comfortably with her family somewhere in the English countryside, and spends most days living in her own fantasy world. Then one evening everything changes as she accused having witnessed Robbie Turner, the son of a servant, attacking her niece Lola in the garden. The same young man that succesfully tried to seduce her sister Cecilia was now led away to prison because of her lie. A lie she only had told in order to protect her sister… Briony had believed Robbie was molesting her sister, but they were actually falling in love; a love that would last even when Robbie was sent to prison.

In the second part we follow Robbie, who was released from prison to become a soldier during the Second World War. He was sent to France in 1939, but the mission failed and he was forced to retreat to Dunkirk. We follow him on a agonizing journey back to Dunkirk, where he thinks he will find his safety. We also learn that the love still exists between him and Cecilia, and her letters are what is keeping him alive. She was asking him to come back, and he couldn’t disappoint her…

We then get introduced to a young aspiring nurse, who turns out to be Briony. She followed the steps of her big sister and is training to be a nurse at a hospital, mostly out of penance. Briony is having trouble living with what she did; the mayor consequences of one little lie… Although she knows they would never forgive her, she does her best to try and set things right. But it turns out it might be a little late for that. The story then ends with a seventy-seven year old Briony, who is looking back on life, her mistakes and the impossibility of making things right before she dies…

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The three parts of Atonement are connected by the events of one tragic evening in 1935, intertwining their life stories as we follow the main characters in their struggle with the consequences of those events. While the first part is a bit slow, the other parts definitely make up for it and turn this book into one of my favorite reads so far this year.

WWW Wednesdays #1 – June 18th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW Wednesdays is all about answering the following three questions:

    • What are you currently reading?

atonement I started reading Atonement on Monday after various recommendations and I’m currently about halfway through and loving it. The way Ian McEwan writes just makes me want to read more and more, even if I don’t have a lot of time to read right now. I will be reading more of his work soon for sure! (Sweet Tooth and Saturday for example)

 

    • What did you recently finish reading?

extremely I finished Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer on Monday, and I loved the story about the quirky and curious boy called Oskar. Although the story is about grief and loss, the things that Oskar did or said were able to make me laugh at some points. Reading the story means entering the mind of a very special young boy, and it’s an interesting journey for sure.

 

    • What do you think you’ll read next?

pajamas There are a lot of interesting books on my TBR list, and it’s too hard to choose. So I followed littleonionwrites example and made a TBR cup from which I will randomly draw a next book. I got The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. I remember seeing the movie a few years back, and since I’m always interested in WWII themed books, I will enjoy this story for sure.

 

These are my answers; how about you?

Teaser Tuesdays #1 – June 17th: Atonement

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

The book I’m currently reading is Atonement by Ian McEwan. I’ve heard a lot of good things about both this book and the writer, so I’m excited I’m finally reading Atonement. And although I’ve only started yesterday evening and I’m not far in the story yet, until now I’m highly enjoying it. Below a quote taken from one of its pages:

atonement“He thought about telling them of his own single, haunting detail. But he didn’t want to add to the horror, and nor did he want to give life to the image while it remained at a distance, held there by wine and companionship.”

So, what are you reading right now?