Friday, 22 October 2010
52 Books: Book One- One Day
I mentioned a few days ago that I was going to start ploughing through my list of books, and last night I finished my first book One Day by David Nicholls.
I don't think I'm going to write reviews of all my books, not in the strictest sense, but I might just talk about how I felt about the book and give it a rating etc. I'm not sure how you feel about this becoming a fashion-cum-literature blog, but I like to read and talk about books so let's just see what happens :]]]
This book first piqued my interest when my friend Ellen was reading it during our trip round Europe and she'd said how good it was and I was intrigued. Our University bookshop is much to be desired regarding actual literature but I knew I'd seen this and when I wanted a new book, I wanted this.
It's the story of a boy and a girl who meet the night after their University graduation, and it follows them through their lives, sometimes together, sometimes apart, on the same day every year for twenty years. This book is heart-wrenching and real. You feel so close to the characters, Nicholls' writing is just entrancing. I bought this book on Monday evening and finished it last night, having read for almost two hours straight, devouring the words. I was so tired I had to move into the living room to stop me from falling asleep, because I just needed to finish this book.
It's a book that really makes you think about life. It's sometimes depressing, sometimes cheery, but ultimately very real. It is a book I would recommend to anyone. One of the reviews says "I don't know anyone who wouldn't like this book." I completely agree with this. The themes in this book are universal.
I have Nicholls' Starter for Ten at home and I've added it onto my book list. I'm so excited to start reading again. I have a list of 20 books so far. Some are for fun, others I hope to help me in my dissertation. But now I've gotten back into reading, I can't remember why I stopped.
I think I'll probably get two books done this week. It might be cheating but I have Brokeback Mountain to read for class in two weeks so I'm going to count that, even though it's only a short story, as book two.
I can't wait to get through this list and see what I learn.