Animal Farm by George Orwell

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Book: Animal Farm

Author: George Orwell

Publication: 17th August 1945

Genre: Classic / Dystopia

Pages: 100 pages

Thoughts: This was a quick fun read with a LOT of depth. Now I say quick and fun but it does not deter from the fact that it was so spot on its almost scary.
What is amazing is that the situations and problems that were in the book still prevail in the real world, after all these years. And we turn a complete blind eye to all that. Or most of it anyway.
Hey if it ain’t happenin’ to us; it ain’t happenin’.
The political aspects were astoundingly perfect, especially in a world where the world is in the hands on a rather unsettling pig of a man. Ironic much?
It was difficult to separate the animals from thinking about them as humans with all the emotions and the brainwashing and the tyranny and the anarchy. But are the humans in today’s world really humane? Do they sense the emotions and the depth of the actions that result in severe consequences that change the way we look at things?
The story was very fast paced and easy to get into. The fable aspect of it was just a bonus. It helped in keeping the tone of the book light, despite the ugly subject it talked about.
George Orwell’s writing is something I really need to get into again. His words invoke a sense of truth that we hide from in our lives. We ignore it and don’t want to think about certain things which need to be exposed. I’ve been told that 1984 would be an excellent read after what has happened. While it doesn’t affect me personally, I feel equally attacked, as do most of the world.
The turmoil inside us is depicted excellently in the book through the animals.
Thoroughly enjoyed the novel. Keep returning to it, reminiscing about the way everything got screwed up one after the other gradually and associating it to real life. Hell is about to break loose.

Quotes: “All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.”

“Man serves the interests of no creature except himself.”

Rating: 5

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Title:

Fangirl

Author:

Rainbow Rowell

Published:

September 10th 2013

Stand Alone/Series:

Stand Alone

Pages:

460

Format:

Paperback

Genre:

YA

Why I read it:

Cause I’m a fangirl too! 😀

Summary:

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.

Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible …

Review:

I don’t know really, how to express my feelings about this book. It’s like one after the other I keep reading amazing books and get book hangovers so bad, its almost impossible to keep reading.

This coming of age book took me through phases I myself faced when I entered college. I write fan-fiction. I obsess over Harry Potter. I have a hard time fitting in the college criteria. It’s almost as if Rainbow Rowell decided to write my life!

Cath’s relation with her sister, her father and her mother is something which teaches us lessons if we do indeed pay attention to it. Levi, on the other hand is a perfect blend of caring, sweetness overload and if I may, extremely attractive.

The prospect of fanfiction and fiction in this book, brought back memories. People don’t consider fanfiction a part of fiction, but there are people who can write it better than the latter. The struggle is something no one can win against. College life can be really hard, but there will always be people who will push you and survive together.

This was my first Rainbow Rowell novel, and I’m already a huge fan!

Quotes: *Warning – there are a lot!*

Look at me – I’m a stock photo of a college student.”

“Why do we write fiction?” “To disappear.”

“This is why I can’t be with Levi. Because I’m the kind of girl who fantasizes about being trapped in a library overnight – and Levi can’t even read.”

“Maybe Cath could climb into his bed like Goldilocks, and if he woke up, she’d just say ‘later’ and run away. Goldilocks plus Cinderella.”

“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)”

“I don’t trust anybody. Not anybody. And the more that I care about someone, the more sure I am they’re going to get tired of me and take off.”

“Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and mildly socially retarded, I’m a complete disaster.”

“To really be a nerd, she’d decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.”

“How do you not like the Internet? That’s like saying, ‘I don’t like things that are convenient. And easy. I don’t like having access to all of mankind’s recorded discoveries at my fingertips. I don’t like light. And knowledge.”

“But you’re so helpless sometimes. It’s like watching a kitten with its head trapped in a Kleenex box.”

“There are other people on the Internet. It’s awesome. You get all the benefits of ‘other people’ without the body odor and the eye contact.”

“When I’m writing my own stuff, it’s like swimming upstream. Or … falling down a cliff and grabbing at branches, trying to invent the branches as I fall.”

“Books don’t have intermissions either.”
“What do they have?”
“Endings.”  

Rating:

5