“Fall of Giants” by Ken Follett – review

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I recently finished reading “Fall of Giants” by Ken Follett… What an amazing book!

It is the first installment of the trilogy called “The Century”, and I definitely intend to read the following two books!

“Fall of Giants” tells the story of five different families that are brought together through the First World War. Although the story centers around these five families, you also learn about society and the political situation at the time the story takes place, in the different countries involved in the war.

I didn’t know much about WW1 before I read this book, but have learnt plenty, as it includes many historical details.

It took me a good two months to get through the book, as it is about the size of a brick – 850 pages – but I have really enjoyed this reading experience, and would definitely recommend this book!

 

– Ida

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“Nine Stories” by J. D. Salinger – Review

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“Nine Stories” (or “For Esme – with Love and Squalor) is, as the title implies, a collection of nine short stories. I read this book quite recently, and it is one of those books where, as you turn the last page, you wonder whether you will ever read as great a book again!

If I had to choose my favorite stories out of the nine, I would probably pick “The Laughing Man”, “Teddy”, and “For Esme – with Love and Squalor”. The main character in these three stories are children, and the way Salinger writes children is so true and mesmerizing – the characters are all so genuine and raw that they almost leap off the page!

All the stories in this book leave a lasting impression. They often have an open ending, leaving room for interpretation. For me, this meant that I continued to reflect on the book and my perceptions of the story; even though these stories are short, they can leave you thinking about them for days after you’ve finished reading them.

If you’ve never read anything by J. D. Salinger, this would be a great first read. He is one of my favorite authors, and I find that these short stories perfectly give you a sense of his writing style.

I would also recommend this book to anyone looking for something to read that is not too heavy, but still absolutely captivating.

 

– Ida ❤

5 Favorite Books

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Okay, here’s a confession: I love reading. I’m not the kind of person that always has their nose buried in a book, but when I have the time, I love to sit down and read for a bit. I feel like reading can be one of the most relaxing things – you get to escape into another world, even if just for 15 minutes…

Here are five of my favorite books… Not necessarily in chronological order, but five of my favorites, nonetheless.

  • “It” – Alexa Chung. Part autobiography, part picture collage, all in all a wonderful book.
  • “The Perks of being a Wallflower” – Stephen Chbosky. Introverted 16-year-old Charlie’s world of first dates, mixtapes, family drama, and new friends.
  • “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” – Mark Haddon. When Christopher, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, finds a neighbor’s dog murdered he sets out on a journey that turns his whole world upside down.
  • “Tales from the Secret Annexe” – Anne Frank. A collection of short stories, daydreams and essays written by Anne Frank.
  • “Make Your Own Luck” – Kate Moross. In this guide, graphic designer Kate Moross offers insider’s tips on how to make it in a highly competitive field, and tells her story of how her career hasn’t always been a smooth ride.

– Ida

The Fault In Our Stars

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The hype about John Green’s ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ is definitely not overblown. I recently read this book and thought it was, as the Times Magazine called it, damn near genius.

The Fault in Our Stars is the story of Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters, two teenagers who meet at a Cancer Kid Support Group.

It didn’t take me long to read this, and the book was practically glued to my hand the whole time.

If you’re looking for a good read, I definitely recommend reading this book (if you haven’t already), but remember to keep a box of tissues beside you, because if you’re like me, you WILL cry while reading this.