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Dracula

Dracula

Keep the garlic, and a silver crucifix if you have one, near you when reading this.

Another 1800-book tip for you guys, this one it more on the creepy side rather than the cute and loving side. If you ever have watched a scary movie or a show, chances are that there have been a vampire in these, sucking all the blood, killing all the people or just sparkling like glitter nail polish. The vampire in this book is unlike any one you have seen before, unless you already have read the book :-P. This 1897 horror book is very creepy and scary, at the same time as it is interesting and exciting. While reading it, I felt afraid but I still could not put the book down.

Just keep reading…

The story starts with Jonathan who is traveling to meet with the Count, Dracula, to talk about business. We get to follow Jonathan’s journey and meet Dracula for the first time in his home. From there the story moves on, we get to follow and get to know other characters. The story is divided into parts where each character gets a portion of the story told from there point of view. By writing in this style the author keeps the story interesting and the characters tolerable, otherwise one could get tired of only following one storyline or missing other aspects of the adventure.

Don’t you just love the art on this book? 🙂

As you may already know, Dracula is the Father of all vampires, both in the fantasy world and in real life. This book is the reason why vampires exist in todays popular culture, before Bram Stoker wrote this book vampires and Dracula were only found in old myths and folklore, and for that we are thankful. Just like any other book or text written in that time, this books feels like a time capsule that takes you back to a place where sexist remarks and behaviors were ok, a place where women could not take care of themselves and had to be protected by strong men. But that did not bother me, not that much anyway, since it made the story more realistic for its time and therefore even scarier. Even if you do not like the horror genre or feel that this might not be the book for you, give it a try anyway you will be happy that you did. It is one of the best written books I have read so far.

 

Little Women

Little Women

If you are looking for a good read this thursday, then Little Women is the book for you. A classic that is just right for this cold fall and these dark days, this book has beautiful moments, lively characters and a feel good story. Little women is written in 1868 by Louisa May Alcott, which might feel like a very long time ago, but still many of the feelings and thoughts that the characters experience are very relevant today. The story centers around a family in the USA during the civil war, the father has gone to the war and we get to follow his four daughters, their mother as well as close friends and neighbors. All the girls have different personalities and interests, they have hopes and dreams about the future. We get to follow them during a hard but exciting time of their lives, we learn about them but also about family, friendship and values of that time. I enjoy novels written during this period of time because the stories feel like a time capsule that takes you back in time to a place where tea-time is the highlight of the day, and where a lady never leaves the house without her gloves.

This book has been made into a movie several times, the latest one from 1994 is very good. With stars like Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Kirsten Dunst and Christian Bale, it does feel like a most watch movie anyway even if you are not reading the book. But before watching the movie, you should read the second book “good wives”. Some copies of the book “Little Women” does have both books as one, but the one I have is just the first. The 1994 movie covers both books. If you want to find out more about the book, the author or the movie, just click on the underlined parts of this text. I hope you enjoy the book and the movie as much as I have.