Le Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac

Hello and welcome back to The Young Reader’s Review! It has been months since I have simply reviewed a novel so I have decided today to explore the world of one of my favorite and one of the most famous French novels: Le Père Goriot (which can be directly translated as “The Father Goriot”) written by the eminent Honoré de Balzac in 1835. Before beginning this book review, I just wanted to thank you for letting this blog reach five thousand reviews ( (๑˃̵ᴗ˂̵)و) ! In order to celebrate this, I have created a Twitter account exclusively for this blog that is @thereadertweets (the widget containing the direct link is in the sidebar). Now, I invite you to plunge with me into nineteenth century France, a sphere of political turbulence, bourgeoning industrialization, and most of all, a sphere where reigns an epidemic fever for art in a society lost amid technological innovation and alternating governmental authorities.
Le Père Goriot is probably the most distinguished constituent of the chai…

When I Consider How My Light Is Spent by John Milton

Hello and welcome back to The Young Reader’s Review! Recently, I have been rather overwhelmed with work but I have also been avidly reading and analyzing some of the English language’s most influential, finest and well known poems. While reading, one of these works particularly touched me: When I consider how my light is spent (Sonnet XVII, also frequently called On his Blindness, title given by clergyman and writer Bishop Newton) by the poet that has haunted generations of poets following him because of his intensity, drive and genius: John Milton. 

When I consider how my light is spent Ere (=before) half my days in this dark world and wide, And that one talent which is death to hide Lodg'd with me useless, though my soul more bent To serve therewith my Maker, and present My true account, lest he returning chide (= to scold); "Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?" I fondly (means “foolishly” here) ask. But Patience to prevent That murmur, soon replies: "God doth (=does)…

1984 versus Brave New World

Hello and welcome once again to The Young Reader’s Review! Winter has now arrived; wind blows and numbs our limbs, the trees have been denuded and the summer sky has been shrouded with lingering grey billows that darken our days. Yet, the relaxing holidays are approaching little by little. So sit back on your couch, drink a hot chocolate while you savor the warmth of the fireside, and enjoy this exciting new book review: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley versus 1984 by George Orwell. If you haven’t read these books, either find them now to read as promptly as possible or go see my previous book reviews about them. 
If you have been among us for a while, you might know that 1984 was my very first book-blog review. Without this book, that is very sentimentally important to me, this blog would probably not have existed. A couple of weeks later, I reviewed another one of my favorite books: Brave New World. After this, I was officially hooked on dystopian literature. 

Dystopian fiction: an im…

Top Ten Books To Read in 2017

Hello and welcome back to The Young Reader's Review! Here we are, 2017 is finally upon us! I realized that  Top Ten Books To Read In 2016 was very popular last year, so to celebrate a new beginning, I have decided to write the 2017 version of this as you can infer by the title. This year, I have mainly read classics which is the reason why most of the books below aren’t “Young Adult Books”. But, these books can of course be read by “Young Adults” and I have read all of these in 2016. So, enjoy!
1.The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (Notre-Dame de Paris) by Victor Hugo
We have all heard of this book that has truly made its mark in French literature and culture, but most of us are intimidated by its daunting seven hundred pages and its “long and tedious” descriptions. If you do think this, you are greatly mistaken. Do not worry, I thought this too! The detailed descriptions flow ever so smoothly with the writing and the story will leave you gripping onto your seat! Also, I find the way Hugo…

Pride and Prejudice

Hello and welcome to The Young Reader's Review! Today is an awful day- the clouds have been vehemently spitting thick rain that has been smiting the streets all around, making bitterness and nostalgia of the sunny days of summer latently rise within us. Hopefully this book review will be a welcomed distraction from these sources of despair. So today I am going to be reviewing once again a must-read classic(perhaps you are starting to notice a recurrent pattern): Pride and Prejudice by the one and only Jane Austen. 

This is one of those books that you will most probably cross paths with sometime in your education, either by perusing and studying it in the classroom or if curiosity snatches you and grips on to you. Anyway, you must read this classic since it is one of the best literary legacies from the Georgian Era (this era covers 1714-1830 and is marked by the reign of the four Hanoverian kings of Great Britain: George I- George IV) and is representative of the enormous transform…

Mrs Dalloway

Hello and welcome to The Young Reader's Review! The summer warmth has now regrettably left us, and in spite of the fact that the sun is still among us, the trees’ first leaves are starting to descend sedately, making us abruptly jump into fall. Alas, for most of us school and work have reluctantly come back, so recline in your snug couch and slacken whilst reading this month’s book review.

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. Does it sound familiar? Because it should, and it is the book I will be reviewing today. So I came across this book accidently and decided to give it a go. Virginia Woolf is extremely famous, right? So it must be good. That is exactly what I thought when I saw the author’s name on this mysterious book’s cover.

First things first, this book is the definition of bizarre, strange, weird, preternatural… I started reading waiting for everything but this. To be completely honest, I don’t even know what exactly creates these eerie vibes. Perhaps it’s the way it’s writte…

The Tell-Tale Heart

Hello and welcome once again to The Young Reader's Review! Alas, we have plunged into the most pleasant and agreeable time of the year: mid-summer! The past preoccupations from school and work have fully disappeared and stay only a distant, vague memory and we cannot help but give in to the soothing and appeasing sun. Moreover, if you have already encountered this blog before, you might recall that I have reviewed “The Masque of the Red Death”, a short story by the word-widely famed Edgar Allan Poe. So today, I have decided to review another short story by this author I am very so fond of; “The Tell-Tale Heart”. 
For those who don’t know, Edgar Allan Poe is a writer from the 19th century and who we can say was somewhat devoted to Gothic Fiction. This style of writing includes elements that have to do with death, fear, gloom and horror but we can also find some romantic elements such as nature, love, individuality and high emotions. This was of course quite seen as transgressive a…