ABT5: Books Of This Moment

A little while ago I was challenged to do the book challenge on Facebook. After multiple comments on that particular status, a great idea was born. Me and my dear friend Bauhinia are starting ABT5 Blog Meme. The ABT5 comes from our names: Anastasia & Bauhinia and TOP5.

ABT5

Every third Sunday we will be creating new TOP5 topic for you to blog about. More information can be found in MORE…  section on Read & Survive blog.

First challenge is to list TOP5 books of this moment. Choose the books that have stayed with you in some way and short descriptions on why chose those five. Don’t take more than a few minutes and don’t think too hard :)


Mine are:

1.  A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
Everyone goes through hardships in their lives and  in my opinion A Million Little Pieces tells you that you can change and that you can endure anything if you want to. Writing style in Million Little Pieces is also so raw that I think it reaches anyone.

2. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
I read Les Mis when I was on my second year of high-school. I had just finished reading ‘Notre-Dame de Paris’ and I was stunned. Shocked of what had happened to all my favorite characters. And all because of ‘fate’. Anyways, I immediately wanted to read every single book Hugo had ever written. Les Mis was a beautiful experience, Hugo describes talentedly human mind, that we are not evil but we do bad things to each other despite that. And he makes you understand why. And he does not say that poor  and pitiful people aren’t worth in stead he writes a book about miserable lives. Also unlike so many classics, I think this book has an happy ending.

3. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
I was about 10 or younger when I first discovered His Dark Materials. I started reading the trilogy from second part and Will instantly became  my first crush (fictional) crush ever. HDM was full of heroic characters (and one seriously annoying girl). I have not stopped wanting my own daemon either yet.

4. Paulo Coelho’s books (this is not cheating in listing author in stead of the book…)
There are few books of Coelho that I didn’t especially like but rest of them I love. Coelho makes us believe we can achieve anything we want and that ‘happily ever afters’ are possible. His books often have twists and turns that I don’t expect which is rare nowadays in my case.

5. Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Well I wouldn’t have been the same without this…

“I am looking for friends. What does that mean — tame?”
“It is an act too often neglected,” said the fox. “It means to establish ties.”
“To establish ties?”
“Just that,” said the fox. “To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world….”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

You can read Bauhinia’s TOP5 here

What are your TOP5 books of the moment?

How-To Stop Falling Apart

A Million Little Pieces written by author James Frey is a book that you either will want to have in your bookshelf or you will want to keep it far away from there (as it seems to be the case with most).  For me, it was very gripping from the beginning of it and I am so happy for Frey who through this book has become great and popular writer.

“There is no fear. Absolutely no fear. When one lives without fear, one cannot be broken. When one lives with fear one is broken before one begins to live.”
― James Frey, A Million Little Pieces

The book was originally published as memoir. The back cover said:

This is actually not memoir but semi-fictional work, and after it was published,  there has been a lot of talk about man who conned Oprah and A Million Little Lies.  Despite this, I thought  this was still really good book. To me it was obvious  that Frey had colored some bits of it and  I don’t think it really mattered to me in the end that it wasn’t all true.  A Million Little Pieces was after all half-true and also all of it could have happened to someone else. Easily.

I liked the plot, the element of survival and pushing through all the hardships. We all have been through some situation when we feel like we can’t go on, we want to give up or we are too scared to keep doing something. Our inner voices are telling us how weak and hopeless we are. And in Million Little Pieces it’s the addiction to drugs and alcohol and he says no to it.  Other thing that drew me in was the love story. In the treatment facility, James meets Lilly. Woman with cheap plastic watch, black hair and blue eyes.

I loved the characters. And I respect all the people working in the facility center. The clinic where Frey was in, had highest success rate with the clients and it was not much, something about 11%. My favorite characters Especially Lilly, Miles & Leonard .  Leonard, again, is not the person you should like. He runs “small” Italian family business…But he has a big role in the book and he is father character to James.
“The secret to kicking ass in dumbshit Hollywood… Every time you meet someone, make a fucking impression. Make them think you’re the hottest shit in the world. Make them think they’re gonna lose their job if they don’t give you one. Look ’em in the eye, and never look away. Be confident and calm, be fucking bold.That sounds more like the secret to kicking ass in life.
It is, but I was gonna wait and tell you that some other time. “— James Frey (My Friend Leonard)

I’d give this book 8 (with huge) + /10

Your Guide On How-To Read A Million Little Pieces
1. I’d recommend edition that doesn’t say it is memoir! Because then, it is slightly disappointing to read that it is semi-fictional…
2. Read “A Million Little Lies” and “Man who conned Oprah“, and think how big role it has for you and your reading experience. What if you didn’t know of this?
3. James Frey  has distinctive style in writing… It’s raw and I am not big fan of stream of consciousness (what was the person who invented it thinking?)  but it really opens the mind of that person who is writing.  You get into their minds whether you want it or not. Frey also  keeps repeating same words and often the sentence can consist of one or two words. Sometimes nouns are written with capital letters. So it is very different reading experience.
4. It has too much !!  of good sentences to quote, plot is great, characters are great.
5. It’s sad…sometimes grey humor.
6. The story continues in My Friend Leonard. I think if you love this one  you can not not read it.

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