1984 by George Orwell

19841984 by George Orwell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When it’s a well known, famous author and most of your FL gave it a 5 (the rest gave it a 4), you feel a bit hard pressed to rate it high too. But the truth is, for me it was just likeable, just up to there.
No, I didn’t miss any of what was going on, and yes, I gather it’s an excellent story, if you’re into this type of thing; but I guess it’s just not my type of book after all. Oh well. I gave it a try.

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The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was read mostly out of obligation, while I liked the story and all, I can’t help but feel no sympathy for hobbits.

My neighbor first introduced me to J.R.R. Tolkien‘s writing- I wanted to read Lord of The Rings, but he insisted (and with good reason) that in order to understand everything better I had to read The Hobbit first (or he wouldn’t lend me LOTR… ) And so I did.

The story and writing are excellent and it certainly cleared up questions I would’ve had reading LOTR without any background, but I felt little sympathy for the characters, so it doesn’t get more than three stars.

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Get it with the epic Lord of The Rings award_star_gold_3: The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings (the Hobbit / the Fellowship of the Ring / the Two Towers / the Return of the King) & The Silmarillion

 

Lolita by Vladimir Nobokov

LolitaLolita by Vladimir Nabokov
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ah, what can I say? I saw the movies before I ever knew there was a book, and when I find out about the book, I thought by the reviews it would be a most interesting read, and I wasn’t wrong.

Nabakov’s writing is amazing, I did find it at times annoying that entire paragraphs would be in French.
Let me explain: I do know some french so that I could understand them without notes or with the aid of them, however, this took me time and drove me out of the depth of immersion I had in the book at reaching such points, and sometimes I had to re-read to realize where I had been left standing before I had to figure out what the hell that sentence said.

Despite that, Nabakov’s writing was most enjoyable, that it made such annoying points almost unimportant as it was very hard for me to put the book down. I enjoyed the style enough to say I would love to read more by him.

As for the content of the book itself, I have always thought the story to be interesting. Maybe not morally correct, maybe not what most people would like to read about, but a reality, and one told so very well that you can’t help but enjoy your read, even if you hate Humbert Humbert, even despising what he represents and what he is.

I truly enjoyed this book.

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