Written by Ms.AlwarDecember 19, 2014 #4 : The Bibliophilic Optimist Which is the book that’s swallowed you up? 😉 For me, that would be Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky. Advertisements Share this:TwitterFacebookGoogleLike this:Like Loading... Related 23 thoughts on “#4 : The Bibliophilic Optimist” I love Dostoyevski too. That’s such a great question. I have massive list of books that have swallowed me up whole. I would say that some I can recall are The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst, Restoration by Rose Tremain, the Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, Anna Karenina by Tolstoy, Lolita by Nabokov, Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply I love your list 🙂 I actually started reading Russian authors when I was in 10th grade and I feel in love! The first book I read was Mother by Maxim Gorky 🙂 I can never ever forget that one 🙂 LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Thanks for this one, I will look for it! Yeah the Russian writers certainly know how to make words sound poetic. Makes me wonder how much is lost in translation from Russian to English or other languages 🙂 LikeLiked by 1 person Definitely translation does have it drawbacks, but it takes years to learn a language! 🙂 so I guess we’ll have to be comment with only the translation. LikeLiked by 1 person Only a few I could not put down and had to read straight through. Douglas Adams “Hitchhiker” books kept me laughing from beginning to end. And I loved “Angels and Demons” by Dan Brown. I got sooo wrapped up in that book. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Yeah 🙂 angels and demons is my favourite among his works 🙂 Thanku for the comment 🙂 LikeLike Reply Three reads that I couldn’t put down: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Oh 🙂 awesome 🙂 I’ll have to add them to my list 😉 🙂 LikeLike Reply Anything by Margaret Atwood, including her poetry, is definitely worth the time. LikeLiked by 1 person Hello! Thanks for stopping by! As for books (mainly contemporary), I would have to name The Time Traveler’s Wife and The Memory Keeper’s Daughter as titles that particularly moved me. My favorite novels, however, are Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and Steinbeck’s East of Eden. I can devour them whole time after time and they still won’t lose their sweetness. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply I’ve read Tolstoy too 🙂 its amazing … the way he writes, I just get lost in the book 🙂 ❤ Thanku for your wonderful comment. 🙂 LikeLike Reply God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy and On the road by Jack Kerouac 🙂 I love these! LikeLiked by 1 person Reply We have “god of small things” this semester 🙂 looking forward to reading it 🙂 thanku for your wonderful comment. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply You’re a Literature student then? 🙂 I am too! Oh its a wonderful wonderful novel, at least I like it a lot. Roy uses such poetic language…her method of synesthetic imagery is what I like the most, very evocative 🙂 LikeLiked by 1 person Yeah 🙂 I’m a literature student 🙂 🙂 now that Uve given it such an awesome review…I can’t wait to read it 🙂 thanku LikeLike Glad to meet you fictionistasan 🙂 I love Literature 🙂 Hope you enjoy God of Small Things just as much as I did! Take care, Mariam 🙂 LikeLiked by 1 person Glad to meet you too Mariam 🙂 LikeLiked by 1 person Hmm that would be Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and possibly Huxley’s Brave New World. Shaffer’s Equus is another biggie too for me. All impacted on my life in a big way. I’ve just finished The Book Thief and that may well make it on the list. It has certainly left a mark on me but only time will tell if that is a permanent one or not. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Hmmm 🙂 🙂 I haven’t read Wuthering Heights yet 🙂 I’ve read a book by her sister … Jane Eyre 🙂 LikeLike Reply Jane Eyre is good but Wuthering Heights is the great classic which gave us the idea of the anti-hero – which is the basis for almost every modern novel these days! LikeLiked by 1 person Well now it’s on my list for 2015 🙂 LikeLiked by 1 person The book that swallowed me up was “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply That’s going on my list! 😉 thanku 🙂 LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google+ account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) w Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.