This time I just wanted to share one of my all time favorite quotes. This one belongs to Goethe, an excerpt from the book The Sorrows of Young Werther (click for review).
“When I consider the narrow limits within which our active and inquiring faculties are confined; when I see how all our energies are wasted in providing for mere necessities, which again have no further end than to prolong a wretched existence; and then that all our satisfaction concerning certain subjects of investigation ends in nothing better than a passive resignation, whilst we amuse ourselves painting our prison-walls with bright figures and brilliant landscapes, -when I consider all this, Wilhelm, I am silent.
I examine my own being, and find there a world, but a world rather of imagination and dim desires, than of distinctness and living power.
Then everything swims before my senses, and I smile and dream while pursuing my way through the world.”
Ok so this is the final post and frankly, I’m gonna miss doing this. I had a lot of fun and it made me think of so many things that I could write, I consider it really helpful. I know I messed up a little in the days when I was too busy (I swear I was super busy!) and I missed writing on that day but it’s alright, I resumed it. Thank you for understanding, lol.
So here is the final challenge:
Your favorite book of all time
I don’t even know what I should pick. Of course the first thing I thought of was 1984 by George Orwell but I would like to avoid writing about the same books twice in a challenge so I think I’m gonna go with another one of my favorites, TRAINSPOTTING!!!
I’m a huge fan of Trainspotting and I could rewatch the movies constantly. The second one was the perfect addition and I was crazy obsessed with it.
The book was awesome too. It deserves all the fame and even though I only read it after I watched the first movie, I think of all of them being equally amazing.
A book you wanted to read for a long time but you haven’t
I’m thinking about Catch 22 for such a long time, when I see it on shelves or I hear somebody mentioning it I just wanna read it so bad but I don’t ever start it and I don’t know why. I always find another book to read and then the process repeats. I hope one day I’ll start it at last and let you know how I feel about it.
Have you read it?
I thought about Sylvia Plath these past days (don’t ask me why). I fell in love with The Bell Jar and I got stuck with a few quotes from there. Here’s one of them for you:
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.”
Favorite quote from your favorite book.
“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” -1984, George Orwell.
Your favorite writer
This one’s difficult. My top favorite writers in no particular order are Lang Leav, Colleen Hoover, Stephen King and Haruki Murakami. Now if you’ve read any of their books (or more) you would understand why I’m so indecisive.
Lang Leav inspires me to write my own poems and she’s the only one that got to my heart through a few words and never forget her and also her books have the cutest covers ever.
Colleen Hoover illuminated me and I realised I love the new adult genre (tho I haven’t read many new adult books). She’s just something else for me and if I’m in the mood for a couple to die for and a great love story she’s my first option.
I love Stephen King for being the only one to give me the creeps. I love that he writes a lot and you always have something to read from him. His horror books are so well balanced that no matter how long they are you won’t ever get bored because he knows how to write so the reader is entertained constantly.
Now Haruki Murakami will always have a special place in my heart for his literature. I’ve read almost all of his books (I’m missing Pinball 1973 and the 1q84 series)but if you want something different and I really mean different. Different like super unique and creative that you have never thought about, go for it. Go read Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World or Kafka on the Shore for starters. I still am extremely impressed by him and I miss reading one of his books cause it always gave me such a nice vibe that I only found in his books. By saying this I might even consider jumping on the 1q84 next.
A book that reminds you of home.
For this I’m gonna choose one of my favorite romanian books, Forest of the Hanged (you can find it in english at Target). It’s totally worth it and I consider that it would please any reader. I fell in love with romanian literature thanks to Liviu Rebreanu. Totally recommended. It’s cheap and awesome and too underrated for its value.
A book you thought you wouldn’t like but you ended up loving.
Mostly I WANT to like some books and I end up hating them so I’m glad I experienced the opposite with Jane Eyre. I wasn’t even sure that I would like it at first but as I kept reading I realised that I have been A FOOL! ALL MY LIFE! And I thought that people that love Jane Eyre are boring and don’t know good books.
Check out the review here.
Most overrated book.
Frankenstein. I hated it and I didn’t even give it a second thought when I had to choose one. This book is the definition of an overrated book that’s boring and it sucks the whole life out of you cause it’s SO BORING.
Do you imagine it being creepy? Well it ain’t. Not one bit.
You can read my review here.
A book that makes you happy.
A Clockwork Orange totally. I’m a huge fan of it and I could watch the movie 25/8. I’ve had a huge crush on Alex Delarge after watching it the first time and afterwards I found out that there’s a book so then I’ve had a crush on him again… probably one of my first literary crushes tho I still imagined it like the Alex from the movie no matter the description, he was just too perfect. It makes me happy because it’s interesting and dark but it gives you a lesson.
I know that at the end he is a villain again but that just shows you that kindness has to come from within and you can’t force anyone to be in any other way if they don’t feel it.
I get excited whenever I see it on the bookshelves or when someone is mentioning it. I get excited if I see any related merchandise, and I get excited whenever I see an orange. Okay let’s not exaggerate with that one.