I’ve been quietly making a list in my mind of good things to read/watch over the past few weeks, so I thought I’d share them with you.
World War Z
I watched this film today with my friends. It’s basically a zombie-apocalypse movie, but actually quite sophisticated and not what you’d typically expect. I found it very realistic (if that sounds right to say about a zombie movie) because I could imagine this is what would happen if the world really was overcome by a zombie pandemic. The acting was very good, and it was quite scary, but in a good way. Would definitely recommend!
“This novel opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, India, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all twelve questions on India’s biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion? It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never read a newspaper or gone to school could win such a contest. But through a series of exhilarating tales Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life gave him the answer to each question.”
This is the book upon which the film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was based, although they are quite different. It’s a very gritty, very ‘real’ book which doesn’t sugar-coat anything, not for the faint-hearted, but a very good and thought provoking read.
“To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.”
An incredibly powerful book, now one of my favourite books. I won’t say too much else for fear of ruining the story a little for you guys, but yeah – it’s amazing. Go read.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
“Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.”
I was very… critical when reading this book, and almost preparing myself for disappointment. This is one of those much loved, super hyped up books and so naturally I was dubious about how good it really was. I had been meaning to read it for some time, but the film came out, and the explosion of teenage girls quietly sobbing ‘in that moment we were infinite’ scared me away. However, after reading this book, it is actually very relatable and inspirational, in its own quiet little way. Charlie is a lovely character, and I really grew to love this book and its little lessons about life.