Thursday Quotables: Blindness (Blindness #1) by José Saramago, Giovanni Pontiero (Translator)

Blindness (Blindness #1) by José Saramago, Giovanni Pontiero (Translator)

Introducing Thursday Quotables where I share quotes from my current and/or throwback read! I’ve been meaning to put these kinds of posts out. But I haven’t got the time to actually write one. Sooo that’s my lame excuse.. Moving on to the main event.

The quotes:

“I don’t think we did go blind, I think we are blind, Blind but seeing, Blind people who can see, but do not see.”

“The difficult thing isn’t living with other people, it’s understanding them.”

“When all is said and done, what is clear is that all lives end before their time.”

“We are so afraid of the idea of having to die… that we always try to find excuses for the dead, as if we were asking beforehand to be excused when it is our turn…”

This is one of my favorite books, so be nice. And the last time I read this was like 5 years or so. And I loved every thing about it. It was way back before I had Goodreads, before this blog. So I actually don’t have any review up to show you. But believe me when I say, it changed my life. It changed my perspective of life. Made me realize the depths and complexity Adult Fiction is capable of. (Cheesy, I know)

It has a sequel (Seeing), actually. But I’m kind of scared, because of how good this one is. I think it’s quite impossible to surpass my expectation. I have no idea when to read it. Or if I have plans to read it. All I know is I have it; so when the time comes, I have all the opportunity to go for it.

And it also has a movie. LIKE WHERE WAS I WHEN THIS HAPPENED? This picture could actually pass for Walking Dead. I mean, look at this. It’s like their asking to be eaten or something. But I haven’t watched it either. I just don’t want it to spoil the moment. But hey, the probability of me watching the movie is higher than me reading the sequel. I just can’t see it. Like don’t you get that? I’m just too scared that it might not be as good as I wanted it to be. I sound whiny, hahaha.

Have you read this one? Or can you relate or connect with the quotes?? Do you feel me?? Comment down below and share! 🙂

(Hosted by: Bookshelf Fantasies)

(Pictures are not mine)

Advertisements

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books for Fall

Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read List

Besides the fact that we don’t experience fall or autumn season, I’m still going to do this feature for my personal pleasure–and yours too. I hope you don’t mind. And btw, I already have all the books in this TBR. So if you’re eyeing something out, feel free to comment or message me regarding the price and/or bookstore.

*For more information about the book, click the (image of the) book or the title.

And so it begins!

S. by J.J. Abrams

This is kind of an impulse buy. I have to admit with the kind of TBR I have, it’s kind of unreasonable to buy another one, but this so unique that I just can’t pass it up. It a step-up to your conventional or traditional books. This one takes interactivity to a whole new level.

I‘ll Be Right There by Kyung-sook Shin, 신경숙

I have a thing for literary fiction.. Plus the rating (in Goodreads) is so damn high, and I wanted to see if it’s true or not. It should be because it was expensive.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

Historical fiction, who would’ve guess? And also this is set in Russia, so it’s a breath of fresh air from American countries–not that I’m against it. A lot of books that are set in Russia have something to do with World War 2, but I don’t think this one tackles it specifically.

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

I actually watched the movie first, the anime version. I believed it was produced by Toshio Suzuki, animated by Studio Ghibli. I’ve watched and hoarded a lot of films by Studio Ghibli. My favorite among the bunch is Ponyo! Anyway, because of how good it is, I just had to read it–even if it’s against my rules to watch a movie THEN read the book.

The Martian by Andy Weir

I’ve been putting this one aside. I don’t know, I haven’t had luck when it comes to science fiction. Although this one claims to be funny, so it might appeal to me more than the standard science fiction. And the plot is interesting enough–if being stranded alone in Mars is your kind of thing.

Rosie’s Project by Graeme Simsion

Romance, I have a love and hate relationship with this genre. Although, I think this book is right up my alley since it’s nerdy, sweet and (the main thing) it doesn’t start with an affair. Which I think, a lot of romance novels are unfortunately known for.

The Child Thief  by Broom

Hah, again with Peter Pan. Lets proceed before my emotions take over.. This is a deconstruction or a re-telling of (my boyfriend) Peter Pan. And I think this one is supposed to be a horror? But I’m not sure. In this book, Peter Pan is considered as a child thief–just in case you didn’t get the title. (Well you can steal me all you want)

The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

“They said the typewriter would unsex us.” Sold.

The Complete Maus (Maus, #1-2)  by Art Spiegelman 

Did you know I had to order this off at Fully Booked (since it’s sold out) and had to wait for two months just to get my hands on it–that’s real (book) love right there. This is a memoir but in a graphic novel format. World War 2, Maus = Jews and Cats = Germans, which is the perfect analogy. That pretty much sums up what it’s about. But for whatever reason, it’s always included in Top *insert adjective* Graphic Novel list.

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill 

Hah, I know I can be such a chicken when we talk about horror. So it’s totally logical for me to pick this one up. I believe this was released around Christmas since the plot revolves around that season. And boy is it coming. I’ve been wanting to read at least one Joe Hill.. And everything scares the shit out of me. I opted this one since it’s the LEAST frightening. But I could be wrong..

(Hosted by: The Broke and the Bookish)

(Pictures are not mine)

Review: Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

Fahrenhiet 451I can’t do a full review for now since I cannot study this classic as in-depth as much as I want to, because of the (obvious) TBR pile I carelessly accumulated. But if you’ve been eyeing on this book, I highly recommend this edition (60th Anniversary Edition) since it has additional excerpts about the book—it’s process, inspiration and history. Although most are from different authors, Ray Bradbury also has his solo parts. This might also require a reread.

Nonetheless, I did enjoy it!

But for now, I’m terribly sorry.

Rating: ✰✰✰✰✰

Do I like it: Yes

Recommended to: To people who question the power of books

(Fullybooked, Paperback, P 560)

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Below are information about this book.

Publication: March 28th 2013 by Voyager (first published 1953)

From Goodreads:

The terrifyingly prophetic novel of a post-literate future.

Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.

The classic dystopian novel of a post-literate future, Fahrenheit 451 stands alongside Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World as a prophetic account of Western civilization’s enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity.

Bradbury’s powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which, decades on from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock