WWW Wednesdays #17 – November 12th

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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?

interviewwiththevampireclockworkangelAfter reading the first few pages of Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice I decided I wasn’t in the mood for it… So I picked up my copy of Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare first, a prequel triology to The Mortal Instruments series, first. Until now I’m enjoying Clockwork Angel, and I hope to finish this book later today.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

fahrenheit451theelectI’ve recently finished both the dystopian classic Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and the ARC The Elect by Elle Todd that was sent to me by Ethereal Book Reviews. I highly enjoyed both books and have posted my reviews recently. Hopefully I will keep getting lucky with my reading choices!

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

?innocenceAgain, I’m not sure yet what to read next. I do know it will be a book that I can fit in one of the empty squares in the Bookish Bingo challenge. Maybe Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer for the Green Cover square, or Innocence by Dean Koontz for the Snow On Cover square… Or a completely different title, who knows?

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BOOK REVIEW: Fahrenheit 451 – by Ray Bradbury

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Title: Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury
Genre: Classics, Dystopia, Fiction
First published: 1953
Finished reading: November 6th 2014
Pages: 227
Rating 5

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”

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I’m not sure why it took me so long to read this classic. Brave New World has been one of my favorite dystopian classics of all time, as is 1984. Now I have a third one to add to this list: Fahrenheit 451! I absolutely loved reading this novel by Ray Bradbury, up to the point that I’m lost for words describing my feelings towards Fahrenheit 451. The prose Bradbury used to describe this dystopian world is absolutely brilliant and I devoured every single page of this classic. Ignoring and burning books is a very scary thought and unfortunately the first has been happening on an increasingly larger scale over the years. Of course things haven’t evolved to the extreme of Guy Montag’s world, but it is true that in general people have an increasing tendency towards the fast and easy and books are being pushed towards the background. Fahrenheit 451 sure makes you wonder how things would be in the future, and if in our world we ever would reach such an extreme. I sure hope it doesn’t, because that would mean the end for classics as good as this one!

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Guy Montag lives in a world where literature isn’t appreciated anymore and it is all about being happy. Montag is a not an ordinary fireman; his job is to burn books. The new authority believes books are the source of all unhappiness and cause nothing but problems. They have forbidden almost all books, and with the help of the Mechanical Hound and the Fire Department they care to track down everybody that tries to preserve and read the books that are left in this world. Montag isn’t happy with his current life though, and after talking to the young girl that lives next door, he starts to wonder if there is more to life than the government wants him to believe. Are books really that dangerous?

Montag then does the unthinkable and starts stealing books from the book burning sites.  Soon he has a small collection of books me makes sure are hidden even from his wife… When one day a book owner prefers to die over giving up her books, Montag is suddenly not so sure the government is doing the right thing anymore and he makes the mistake of showing his wife and some of her friends one of the books. Soon the Fire Department is stopping by at his place, but this time it is not a friendly visit from collegues… And soon Montag is running for his life.

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Ray Bradbury used some very beautiful and strong prose to describe this dystopian world! I absolutely loved reading every page and Fahrenheit 451 will definitely be high on the list of my favorite reads this year. Somehow this combination of an intriguing story and strong prose just works, and it is absolutely worth the full five stars!

WWW Wednesdays – November 5th

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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?

fahrenheit451Right now I’m reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I’ve been wanting to read this classic for ages and I finally came around reading it. And so far I’m absolutely loving this story! I have the feeling this will be one more title to add to my all time favorite classics… Together with dystopian classics like Brave New World or 1984. I will most likely finish Fahrenheit 451 before the weekend and will be having a review up soon!

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

527019nothingeverythingnothingI have finished Hot Ice by Nora Roberts a few days ago, a novel I mostly just read for the Bookish Bingo challenge… It turned out to be an ok novel with some very cheesy/cliche moments, but in general entertaining. I’m writing the review right now, so it should be up soon. I’ve also finished an ARC by Casia Schreyer named Nothing Everything Nothing this week. I absolutely loved this novel and a full review will be up tomorrow. This book is definitely a must read!

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

theelectLike last week, it will be between the next ARC I have lined up or a book that I can fit both in the Bookish Bingo and Reading Through The Centuries challenge… The next ARC would be The Elect by Elle Todd, a very interesting story I’m looking forward to. As for the other option; that would be a surprise even for me…

Teaser Tuesdays #19 – November 4th: Fahrenheit 451

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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!)

I’ve started reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury only yesterday, so I’m not too far into the story yet. I’ve been wanting to read this classic for a while now, and finally came around reading it. I guess it fitted perfectly into the Bookish Bingo and Reading Through The Centuries challenges… I’m excited to be reading Fahrenheit 451! 😀

fahrenheit451“School is shortened, discipline relaxed, philosophies, histories, languages dropped, English and spelling gradually neglected, finally almost completely ignored. Life is immediate, the job counts, pleasure lies all about after work. Why learn anything save pressing buttons, pulling switches, fitting nuts and bolts?”

What are you reading right now? Have you read this classic by Ray Bradbury?