There are some books that I’ve been meaning to read for a long time, but that I haven’t even bought yet for various reasons. Every time I see someone mention them I remember that I have them on my wishlist. However, when the time comes to buy new books (I don’t tend to keep many to-be-read books on my shelves), they end up not being the ones I choose.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
As far as I know this dystopian novel is about a group of teenage friends who commit a series of crimes. One of them is arrested and the State tries to reform him. The idea behind the book interested me straight away, but then I grew afraid of not understanding it, since I learnt that the language used is supposed to be an anglicised form of Russian. I still want to read it, though. I suppose I just need a bit of encouragement.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
One thing that keeps happening to me is to unintentionally watch the adaptation first and read the book afterwards. I don’t really have a huge problem with that. I usually can easily distinguish the book from the film, and I ended up discovering great books and authors I had never heard of through adaptations.
I watched the film Never Let Me Go a few years ago without knowing it was an adaptation from a book. When I realised that it was, I decided to read the book, and it has been on my wishlist since then. But as I know the outcome of the story, I’ve been preferring to read other books instead.
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
I’ve been wanting to read this book, since finishing and loving Anna Karenina. But the size of it scares me, a lot! A classic with more than one thousand pages is something that intimidates me, especially it being a Russian classic. I hope to soon gather the courage to tackle this beast, which combines fiction and history, and know more about the fates of Pierre Bezukhov, Prince Andrei and Natasha Rostov.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
“Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress…”
Every time I read the blurb of Brave New World I get excited to read it, but then I end up forgetting about it when I’m book shopping.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
Some time ago I kept stumbling upon pictures of Audrey Hepburn staring in the film adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and became intrigued by the book. I’ve read In Cold Blood more or less ten years ago, but this book sounds like something completely different. It’s about the free-spirited Holly Golightly, who is the host of great parties.
Have you read any of these books? Which do you recommend I read first? Tell me in the comments!