There is nothing more rewarding and pleasant than lazing around on a Sunday afternoon with a book in your hand. Or reading every night. Or reading on your way to work. Or … you catch my drift. I have loved reading from a young age, and despite all the temptations of modern times, I still stick to it. While some people spend hours watching viral videos on Facebook, or stalking their friends to see what they are up to, I prefer cozying up on the sofa, with a good book in my hand. But I digress and I forget what this post should be all about, which would be quite a shame, seeing that I want to tell you about my favorite novels. So, without further ado …
Pride and prejudice – Jane Austen
I know that it sounds like such a cliché, and that there are millions of people out there claiming the same thing: that this is their favorite novel of all times. The truth is they are right to say so! Pride and Prejudice still maintains its freshness, two centuries from its first publication, and I think that happens because there is something about being inherently human described in this book that it can never grow old. If you have not read it yet, I highly recommend it. Elizabeth’s and Mr. Darcy’s antics will sweep you off your feet.
The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
For anyone still remembering how it felt to be a teenager, this book is a reenactment of feelings past. It does not really matter what happens in the book. I mostly think that more important is what Holden Caulfield feels than what he thinks. At the end of the day, while Holden looks at his sister Phoebe riding in the carousel, everything seems to be right with the world yet again. And that is the most important lesson The Catcher in the Rye tries to teach us.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
I would also like to include a more modern title in my selection, since I am an avid reader of new books, as well. Ever since I read Agatha Christie’s mystery and thriller novels, I yearned for someone to rejuvenate the genre. When I picked The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo from my local bookstore shelf, I had no high hopes, mainly because I don’t believe in hype. But Larsson’s characters, Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander made me believe again that a good thriller is still a great read, if done right.