Books I Want To Read

Reading is one of my biggest hobbies. I love to get in my bed in the evening, grab a good book and drink a steaming cup of tea. Lately I've been trying to spend more time on reading books and I always feel like the more I read, the more titles I have to add to my to-read list. (I won't mention whether that's good or bad for my schedule and wallet). Sharing this list with you seemed like a lot of fun, in this way I'll be able to look up this post in a few months to see which books I've actually read, and which books I can add to my immensely long list of titles which seemed very interesting, but for some reason never ended up on my bookshelf.


The Circle, Dave Eggers 
"When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in America--even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge."
This book seems to be a book I'd love, mainly because the description on its own gets my excited already. This doesn't happen often (and not at all with books which aren't thrillers, a genre I used to read all the time in the past). Technology changes our society a great deal and dystopian novels have been interesting me for a while now. I'm a bit scared to think about it but I think it'd be thought-provoking to read a book like this nonetheless.

Fun fact: this book has been on my bookshelf for about a year or so, but I dropped it in the bathtub after having read about 3 pages. I forgot about it after that accident but I finally feel like starting to read it again.


The Bees, Laline Paull
"Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen. Yet Flora has talents that are not typical of her kin. And while mutant bees are usually instantly destroyed, Flora is reassigned to feed the newborns, before becoming a forager, collecting pollen on the wing. Then she finds her way into the Queen's inner sanctum, where she discovers secrets both sublime and ominous. Enemies roam everywhere, from the fearsome fertility police to the high priestesses who jealously guard the Hive Mind. But Flora cannot help but break the most sacred law of all, and her instinct to serve is overshadowed by a desire, as overwhelming as it is forbidden..."
I stumbled upon this book on Instagram a very long time ago, and what caught my attention was the beautiful cover (yup, whoops, I'm one of those people) - but the story seemed interesting as well: I've never read a book written from a non-humane perspective, especially not from a bee's.

Seeing, José Saramago 
"On election day in the capital, it is raining so hard that no one has bothered to come out to vote. The politicians are growing jittery. Should they reschedule the elections for another day? Around three o’clock, the rain finally stops. Promptly at four, voters rush to the polling stations, as if they had been ordered to appear.But when the ballots are counted, more than 70 percent are blank. The citizens are rebellious. A state of emergency is declared. But are the authorities acting too precipitously? Or even blindly? The word evokes terrible memories of the plague of blindness that hit the city four years before, and of the one woman who kept her sight. Could she be behind the blank ballots? A police superintendent is put on the case.What begins as a satire on governments and the sometimes dubious efficacy of the democratic system turns into something far more sinister. A singular novel from the author of Blindness."
I read the book 'Blindness' (also written by José Saramago) a very long time ago. I really liked that book, it was written in a way I'd never seen before. If you're looking for a book that'll make you think, that book's a great choice. 'Blindness' is about a city that gets struck by some kind of disease that makes growing parts of society blind - and the book describes what this does to the people. 'Seeing' is the sequence to this book and even though the description doesn't necessarily grip me (very bad and non-academic of me, but politics don't really interest me) - I still want to read this because I liked 'Blindness' so much.


One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Marquez
"The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.
Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth and senility -- the variety of life, the endlessness of death, the search for peace and truth -- these universal themes dominate the novel. Whether he is describing an affair of passion or the voracity of capitalism and the corruption of government, Gabriel Garcia Marquez always writes with the simplicity, ease, and purity that are the mark of a master."
This book is one of my father's favorites. My father reads a lot and I usually like the books he likes to read too. The fact that my father's recommended this book about 4 times already has some meaning as well, I suppose. I usually don't read books like this but I really want to try it so I can read more literature that belongs to a 'new' genre for me.

More classics
I would've loved to study (English) literature, but one of my fears was what the constraint and 'must' of reading would to with my love of books: I like to read but would I still like it if I'd have to analyze every word, every comma, every question mark? I don't know. Nevertheless, I still want to expand my literate knowledge a bit and if I choose not to do this at uni, I will have to do it myself! Books that are on my list...
- Sense & Sensibility, Jane Austen
- 1984, George Orwell
- The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
- The Great Gatsby, Scott F. Fitzgerald
- War & Peace, Leo Tolstoy (or: Family Happiness, if the 1400 pages of War & Peace prove to be too much)
For now, this is the end of my to-read list - I have to keep my goals realistic! Even though it doesn't feel like it the end of 2015 is almost here: I have less that 1.5 month for 8 books. I know I won't succeed, but I'm curious to see how many books I'll be able to cross off my list.


The glasses
If you'd ever encounter me in a coffeeshop, sipping a cup of tea, this is what you'll most likely see: a blond girl with plaits, a skirt, a book, a piece of cake and a pair of glasses. Yup, I'm a proud spectacle wearer! I love expanding my collection of glasses (collection sounds more impressive than it really is: I secretly only have 2 pairs of glasses!) - and Polette recently helped me with this. In case you've never heard of Polette: it's a website where you can order awesome design-glasses for affordable prices. I'm a big fan of the concept: I think opticians are quite expensive in general and I like switching up my glasses every now and then. If your budget isn't too big but you want a different pair of glasses anyway, this is the place to be. Click here to go to Polettes website. 

The design I chose is one I personally really like: it's a pair of glasses with a dark red frame and silver details with beautiful ornaments in them. These silver decorations give the glasses a very chique look - the glasses don't look 'cheap' at all even though the prices are. I really like my frame and since I got it (which actually is a few days back, I haven't been the greatest blogger lately) I've worn it every day. You'd think the chance of buying a wrong pair of glasses would be big because you can't try on the frame in real life, but this hasn't happened to me yet! This is the second pair of glasses which Polette, generous as they are, sent me, and this also is the second pair that fits my head perfectly.

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Such a multifunctional blogpost: 8 books and a new pair of glasses! So it should be, after an absence of more than a week.. I can only say that I just am very, very busy. Thanks for reading this article, and I hope to see you soon(er)!

love, sjoukje

11 comments

  1. A wonderful review indeed, thanks for sharing those titles. Greetings to you!

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  2. Thanks for sharing these books! I'm always on the hunt for more to read!
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  3. The Circle is erg gaaf boek! Je moet er wel even doorheen aan het begin (na drie pagina's dacht ik ook 'mweh') maar het is wel waard. En The Bees klinkt ook als een bijzonder verhaal, ik lees ook niet vaak verhalen uit een niet-menselijk perspectief, maar deze gaat wel op mijn leeslijstje.

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  4. José Saramago is a portuguese writter that I absolutely love not only because I am Portuguese too but specially because , just like you said, the way he writes is completely different from what I have ever read before. I actually didn't know about that second book. I might buy it next week when I go back home! xx

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  5. There are so many books I'd like to read as well, I've read a lot this year but not really many fiction books so I'd like to get into them again. Shamefully there are also a tonne of classic books I've never read!

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  6. I'd love to make more time for reading, but I"m just so busy all the time, I'll bookmark this post because I'm always looking for new books to read!!

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  7. The Circle, The Old Man And The Sea en 1984 wil ik ook nog graag lezen! The Great Gatsby heb ik gelezen en vond hem wel oke, maar niet super. Zelf ben ik wel van plan om Engelse literatuur te gaan lezen, maar wat jij zegt, daar ben ik misschien ook wel een beetje bang voor. Maar aan de ene kant vind ik het juist ook leuk om een boek goed te analyseren :)

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  8. This is great, I have some free time coming up and I really want to get back into reading. thank you for the recommendations and your glasses are really pretty.

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  9. I loved reading this so much! One Day is definitely still on my want-to-read list! The glasses are gorgeous :)
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  10. Nothing relaxes me quite like reading! I've just finished Shantaram - which was excellent - so on the lookout now for something new. Thanks for the suggestions! x

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  11. I almost bough the Bees few weeks ago but I think I might put it on my Christmas wish now :)

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