"I have learnt everything I consider to be worth knowing from novels. So I have spent my life wanting to be part of that fictional world." - Clare Morrall
Books are one of life's greatest pleasures, according to me. Ever since I was a little kid, I've been such a bookworm. I thought I hated novels. Turned out I'd been reading them all along. Kids and what they think about, huh? To this day I love reading books on a daily basis. For the most part, I read only fictions though I don't shy away from nonfictions - I'm just a bad judge of characters for nonfiction books. I'm such a bookworm that I actually keep the books I've read listed, review them after reading and check out new titles I might like online. My favourite websites being Shelfari and Goodreads. Here I want to share a few titles I've enjoyed in the past - some have actually been reread.
All-Time Favourite BookIt is so true that you can find gems only by pure chance. Natural Flights of the Human Mind quickly became my all-time favourite book (one of those rare books I've read more than once from cover to cover) after I happened to stumble upon it at the discounted section at my favourite bookstore. It tells the story of a man who lives in a lighthouse, hiding away from a scandal he caused 25 years ago. Harbouring a tremendous guilt for the seventy-eight victims of his crimes, he has constant conversations with them in his head. That all changes when he meets a woman, who has had a tragic loss - either by fate or betrayal. The story is incredible! Clare Morrall wrote it ever so beautifully and the serene atmosphere of the story captures me. It is set somewhere in Scotland, adding a more magical feel to the whole story. My favourite part is the unique relationship between Straker (the man) and Imogen (the woman), where you guess whether or not there's love there but you know they're meant to be. It's not by any definition cheesy. The lighthouse and vintage airplanes also captivate my heart.
One of those books that make me feel many things upon reading them. The Little Women series by Miss Luisa May Alcott is one of those series, though short, take you through the life journeys of the characters. Like some of you might have known, this book mainly talks about the story of four sisters living together in the absence of their father during the war. They live next door to a rich man and his grandson, Laurie, who is a good friend of the girls and will later on be a great part of their lives. The story continues to three more books though the last two books concentrates on new little characters while the girls have grown up and the second book is the time after their father returns and they lead their way to adulthood. Having a sister, I know that the story won't always be smooth. Sisters fight, make up, take care of each other and cry together. They share and help each other up. Though the characters for the first two books are mostly girls/women, the story isn't as girly as chick flicks. It's actually pretty wise and I feel for each and every one of the characters. It is very realistic, though fabricated in a formation of inexplicable words.