I hate that some people are so close-minded to believe that great literature is only defined by book length and the author’s name recognition. Yes, we can all find the depth in Jane Austen and Gogol and Tolstoy, but they’re missing out on so much.
New literature isn’t always fantastical or immature, there is so much depth in modern writing that has an immense relatability to it.
There are feelings that I have found captured in the lines of YA novels that made me feel infinitely less alone and far more understood than any of the musings of rich people in the 1800s who could afford to publish a book.
But most of all I hate that people who read YA, or NA, or Sci-Fi-or literally anything other than the classics- are seen as less than. That it’s seen as pointless or a pastime or filling up your mind with nothing. I can’t stand that. These books are so important and people reduce them to jokes to make themselves feel more important for reading something that lost it’s relevance to society 100 years ago.
Title: Home Before Dark
Author: Riley Sager
Page Count: 384
Summary: Maggie Holt is used to such questions. Twenty-five years ago, she and her parents, Ewan and Jess, moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. They spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a nonfiction book called House of Horrors. His tale of ghostly happenings and encounters with malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity—and skepticism. Today, Maggie is a restorer of old homes and too young to remember any of the events mentioned in her father’s book. But she also doesn’t believe a word of it. Ghosts, after all, don’t exist. When Maggie inherits Baneberry Hall after her father’s death, she returns to renovate the place to prepare it for sale. But her homecoming is anything but warm. People from the past, chronicled in House of Horrors, lurk in the shadows. And locals aren’t thrilled that their small town has been made infamous thanks to Maggie’s father. Even more unnerving is Baneberry Hall itself—a place filled with relics from another era that hint at a history of dark deeds. As Maggie experiences strange occurrences straight out of her father’s book, she starts to believe that what he wrote was more fact than fiction.
Thoughts: I thought this book was going to be better than it was, but it was still pretty decent. I would say it was worth a read, and it reminded me a little of the Haunting of Hill House show on Netflix in parts.
Title: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Author: V. E. Schwab
Page Count: 442
Summary: France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world. But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.
Thoughts: I wasn’t sure about this book at first, I just wasn’t sure where it was going and the start was a little slow. That being said this book ended up being amazing. It was beautifully written and overall the story was incredible. Great read, and I highly recommend it.
Title: The Hollow Places
Author: T. Kingfisher
Page Count: 352
Summary: Pray they are hungry. Kara finds these words in the mysterious bunker that she’s discovered behind a hole in the wall of her uncle’s house. Freshly divorced and living back at home, Kara now becomes obsessed with these cryptic words and starts exploring the peculiar bunker—only to discover that it holds portals to countless alternate realities. But these places are haunted by creatures that seem to hear thoughts…and the more you fear them, the stronger they become.
Thoughts: This wasn’t the absolute best book of all time, but Kingfisher does have a way of scaring the crap out of you in their writing. This book was super intense and nerve-wracking. Total page turner, and I highly recommend.
Time: 1 Day
Page Count: 260
Summary: Miskatonic University has a long-whispered reputation of being strongly connected to all things occult and supernatural. From the faculty to the students, the fascination with other-worldly legends and objects runs rampant. So, when Carter Weston’s professor Dr. Thayerson asks him to search a nearby village for a book that is believed to control the inhuman forces that rule the Earth, Incendium Maleficarum, The Inferno of the Witch, the student doesn’t hesitate to begin the quest. Weston’s journey takes an unexpected turn, however, when he ventures into a tavern in the small town of Anchorhead. Rather than passing the evening as a solitary patron, Weston joins four men who regale him with stories of their personal experiences with forces both preternatural and damned. Two stories hit close to home as they tie the tellers directly to Weston’s current mission. His unanticipated role as passive listener proves fortuitous, and Weston fulfills his goal. Bringing the book back to Miskatonic, though, proves to be a grave mistake. Quickly, Weston realizes he has played a role in potentially opening the gate between the netherworld and the world of Man. Reversing the course of events means forgetting all he thought he knew about Miskatonic and his professor and embracing an unknown beyond his wildest imagination.
H.P. Lovecraft is one of those authors that I’m always meaning to read, but never have. This was my first foray into Lovecraftian horror, and I really enjoyed it. It had like a cool old-timey occult-y vibe. It’s definitely got me interested in the (sub) genre, and I will probably read some Lovecraft in the future. I would definitely recommend.
Time: 7 Days
📚 The Time Machine & The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells 🤩
FIRST OF this was so crazy to read!! (in the best way possible.)
Secondly, I still haven't finished The War Of The Worlds! 😭 It's actually taking me a while since english is not my first language and the vocabulary got a bit too complex in some parts. But the story is definitely worth the effort. I just going to finish Asimov first and then move on to this baby. 😁
➡️ I'm gonna leave the review of The Time Machine here and I'll do another post with War of the Worlds once I'm done with it.
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The Time Machine ⌚
✨ I fell victim of the time traveller tales. It was a bit weird at the beginning, where I didn't know if the book was a first person or second person perspective. But eventually I stop caring and enjoyed the story.
✨ It's imaginative, adventurous and entangles the reader into a set of surrealistic settings concerning the events of the future. Most of the time it got me thinking at night, considering the infinite possibilities in humanity's fate. The races and their descriptions were super creative. The explanations upon evolution and the political perspectives mixed into the plot, mind blowing.
✨ I did find a bit dull at parts, there were moments where I had to read two pages to get into the cool scene. But ultimately, I can see why H. G. Well is considered a sci-fi pioneer.
✨ If you are on the lookout for a creativity boost or a inmersive adventure, I'll definitely recomend it. But don't forget to hang on tight, cause this one is a bumpy ride of awesomeness.
Heya, guys! Yesterday I got into a hardcore "lack of energy" moment. 🤔 I don't know why but I was sooo tired, I only wanted to sleep. 💡The good side is: I got to advance on my reading list!!
I'm currently reading Asimov, I've found his books very inmersive and the guy is a genius. 🤯 His creativity on descriptions, that although have technical language, you end up picturing the scene on an elegant, exciting manner that enchants your mind. And his plot of AI really picks my curiosity and gets me on the verge of my seat. I want to read all of his works. 😍
Although because I tend to lose myself in books, I have a strict schedule for them. If not, I'll probably end up reading the whole week. Facts: I did that once! 😂😂