Friday, November 12, 2010

1984

In Wellington over the weekend one of my favourite discoveries was a second hand book shop and cafe tucked away on a quiet street. It was a cosy combination of coffee, macaroons, vintage furniture and stacks upon stacks of pre-loved books.

I had a good explore and picked myself up a tattered copy of George Orwell's 1984 and have since spent every second with my nose buried in it. It's been a bit of a dry spell recently for me with reading but this book has well and truly got me back into it. I definitely recommend it if you haven't already read it!

While we're on the topic, what are you reading at the moment? I need ideas to add to my list because this one is about to be finished :)

24 comments:

  1. Waiting for Bardot by Andy Martin is fabulous - and if you've never read anything by Kazuo Ishiguro or Haruki Murakami they're amazing too!
    I'm almost done Bardot so I may pick up 1984... I always thought it just sounded like a slog to read!

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  2. I was thinking about rereading it because I agree, it's one the books we have to read! But it seems I know it all by heart ;-)

    Have you read Brave New World (and other books of the author), Erawon, Ecotopia?

    I think it's true, you put 1984 and Brave New World together and it's the future the elite are planning for us. We've got to stand up for what we really want.

    xo

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  3. Aii! 1984 brings back bad memories, unfortunately I am not a George Orwell fan.

    I would recommend Blindness by Jose Saramago :)

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  4. What was the shop/cafe? I just read The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (ace!) and now I'm back to finishing Emma by Jane Austen.

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  5. if you enjoy distopian novels like 1984, I would suggest Brave New World by Huxley.

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  6. I'm busy reading Emma by Jane Austen & it's brilliant.

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  7. HOW STRANGE! I only just finished reading it after discovering penguin paperback version of it at a church jumble sale recently!
    It is incredible and I seriously finished it in a few days.

    I have been trying to get into reading again to and post apocalyptic books always make me turn into a bookworm.
    I'm even considering reading it again!

    Ayesha x

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  8. @A Little Brighter
    oh my gosh what a coincidence! i am almost half way through and completely loving it.

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  9. Hi!!
    I like so much your blog.
    Every week I make a little summary with all blogs I like or I have saw.
    I ´ll write about you, I hope you´ll get a lot of visits ;D
    Kisses from Madrid

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  10. I'm currently reading Elizabeth Gilbert's Stern Men. It's funny and hilarious. :)

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  11. I'm reading Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris, but I am not sure what type of books you are looking to read. I don't read enough fiction or classics these days. Maybe soon! What would you suggest?

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  12. Oh wow, it sounds like the perfect second hand book shop to me ;) Must pay a visit to this amazing city of Wellington pretty soon!

    Have you read anything by Henry James yet? His books are amongst my top favourite books of all time :)


    Fantastique Mémoires from the Outer Space

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  13. just finished the woman in white by wilkie collins and i was smitten with it and sad when it ended cause it was so engaging.

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  14. I just finished "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. Right now I'm reading Elizabeth Gilbert's "eat, pray, love" and next up is gonna be "Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.

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  15. oooh second hand books shops are my absolute fave...
    Steinbeck - East of Eden.
    Suskind - Perfume.
    A-frikn-mazing.
    xo

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  16. I work at a bookstore so I'm full to the brim with recommendations. I agree with the other ladies here, Brave New World is excellent. Some great things I've read lately: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Safran Foer), A Moveable Feast (Hemingway), The Wind Up Bird Chronicle (Murakami) and The Remains of the Day (Ishiguro).

    I'm one chapter in to Kusamakura by Natsume Soseki and it is one of the most beautiful, perfect books I've ever read. Oh and a shout out to a fellow Australian - The Tree of Man by Patrick White.

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  17. great book, it really is one thats hard to put down. I am currently reading Never Let Me Go and its superb

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  18. Ooh what shop and where was it? Great book:)

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  19. A clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess, another amazing dystopian novel.

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  20. 1984 is brilliant! One of my favourites. You should read animal farm next.

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  21. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
    any e.e. cummings
    And The Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks by William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac

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  22. Ah! What a find!
    I love finding old classic books, especially when the say not for sale in the USA!


    But I'm currently reading Bill Bryson's Down Under. Although it's entirely old man humor, it does make an interesting read and it made me realize what an amazing history Australia has.

    I'm only halfway through, but so far I'd recommend it!

    http://jamiepilgirm.blogspot.com/

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  23. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy... amazing! :)

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