Last Sunday I got some more money, which (of course) meant: me being able to buy even more books! And so I did.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
‘Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’
A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel – a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man’s struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story, an anti-racist novel, a historical drama of the Great Depression and a sublime example of the Southern writing tradition
At the end of 2016 I set some Bookish New Year’s resolutions for 2017; one of them was about reading more classics, written by women. So, I spent some of my birthdaymoney on this modern classic. In almost every series, evolving around girls in high school, they mention To Kill a Mockingbird and so this book has been on my To-Buy and TBR-list for quite some time. And now I finally have it in my hands I can’t wait to see if it’s really that good!
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The scientist Victor Frankenstein, obsessed with possessing the secrets of life, creates a new being from the bodies of the dead. But his creature is a twisted, gruesome parody of a man who, rejected for his monstrous appearance, sets out to destroy his maker.
Mary Shelley’s chilling Gothic tale, conceived after a nightmare in 1816 when she was only eighteen, became a modern myth. It is a disturbing and dramatic exploration of birth and death, creation and destruction, and one of the most iconic horror stories of all time.
I bought this book for the same reason as To Kill a Mockingbird and just like that it’s been on my TBR for way too long! I’m really curious if it’ll be an easy read, because most classics from before the 20th century I find quite hard to read!
On Writing by Stephen King
Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in the vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999 – and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery.
There is a reason why Stephen King is one of the bestselling writers in the world, ever. Described in the Guardian as ‘the most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature’, Stephen King writes books that draw you in and are impossible to put down.
Ever since I was a little girl it has been my dream to become a writer. Only because of fear of failure and perfectionism I kind of gave up on that dream: “who’d ever want to read MY stories? They will never be as great as *insert name of great author*”. But it’s still my biggest dream to become a writer, so why give up on it?! And … what better than tips and experiences from the King himself?