Hello again, dear book lovers!
We couldn’t begin this article without wishing you a happy, fulfilling new year! Hope 2018 will bring you better lectures, much more time to spend on reading and great discoveries on authors and inspiring books.
Before talking about our expectations for this years, we thought it would be helpful to present you nine books that remained on our retina in 2017.
A census of our best lectures:
- “Flowers for Algernon,” written as a journal, is a book that you can read anytime, but we recommend you to read it when you think you are unhappy about life and you want to do something radical and change it. One of the many great things about it is its ability to transmit so many warm feelings, even though it is a Sci-Fi and not a Romance story. It is a short book, only two hundred or something pages, depending on the publishing (I devoured it in a Sunday), but we guarantee both teenagers or cranky old men would appreciate it.
- “In Cold Blood”, by Truman Capote, is following the murder investigation of the Clutter Family, in Holcomb Kansas. The novel is written in a very impersonal manner, being the first non-fiction novel to receive critical acclaim. Reading the book left us with a very weird feeling. You feel for the victims… they were good people, respected in their community, who did not deserve to die that way.
- “The minds of Billy Milligan” was released after the author spent a lot of time with the real Billy Milligan, trying to understand every personality of his and write down about each of it, in a captivating manner. The book stands as a very emotional biography of Bily Milligan, with ups and downs and critical moments in his life. Built as a roller-coaster, this book could be a “must” for those of you who are passionate about medicine, strong characters, strange facts in the world or very realistic stories.
- “Struck by Genius” presents the life of an ordinary man, who until his late 20s, early 30s was a partying Tomcat, working at his father’s furniture store and with no interest in science whatsoever. It all changed after one night when leaving from a bar he gets mugged and develops agoraphobia, PTSD, and OCD. From then, he realizes that he now sees the world differently. We recommend this novel to everybody who is interested in tales about the human mind or just wants to read a book about a happy case in which a brain trauma changed a person’s life in better.
- “Splendore” by Italian writer Margaret Mazzantini became one of the best books we’ve read this year, by simply presenting a good love story. As much as we try to be realistic and pragmatic, nothing makes us weep like little girls, like the bond of true love built between characters. And this was “Splendore.”
- “Mosquitoland” was a true revelation. The light-reason of this book was “Mim is not okay.” And this weirdness of the character will make you read the novel breathlessly. All in all, the book is about friendship, illness, the separated family stereotype, love, broken homes and medicated minds. An enjoyable lecture for a quiet afternoon.
- “The Hidden Life of Trees,” by Peter Wohlleben, is a thesis about the feelings, connections, pains, friendships, and struggles of trees. After reading this book, please try taking a long walk into the woods, after discovering that each root underneath your feet interconnects with other hundreds of it. You will be astonished.
- “The Aviator,” by E.G.Vodolazkin talks about Innokenti Platonov, a Russian who was accused of a murder he didn’t commit and sent to a Soviet camp after the World War I. In there he is selected for an experiment, and he is cryogenized among other prisoners. He is the only fruitful subject, and he awakens in our contemporary time. This novel can have a massive impact on you so find the book and read it!
- “The Colour Purple”, by Alice Walker, is written in the form of letters, that the main character Celie writes to God in which she tells him about her life. The book depicts the lives of African-American women in the south of the US in the 1930’s. For us, reading it was like being punched in the gut. It’s hard to imagine what these women had to go through to be allowed by society to simply exist. We enjoyed reading this book tremendously and we give it The Badger Seal of Approval.
Resolutions for 2018
As book lovers, you may guess which is our primary resolution: to read as much as we can and write about our lecture experiences.
We are looking for both all-time best authors, but also new writers that have good potential. Please help us complete our book wish and write down below which were the best books you have ever read.
And stay close, because we are preparing new surprising reviews.