50 out of 100 BBC List

I have finally hit the halfway point on my BBC List of Books; adding “Heart of Darkness”, “Dracula”, “The Wind in the Willows”, and “Anne of Green Gables” to my completed list.

Here are short reviews of them:

“Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad depicts the evils of colonialism in a very accurate light. It is framed as a story within a story and this format was extremely confusing to me; thankfully this was a short read as I didn’t particularly enjoy it.

“Dracula” by Bram Stoker was also difficult to read due to the way it is written (information is fragmented and pieced together slowly) but it was a really fascinating story. This is the original vampire story and what the true essence of vampires should be (none of that shiny Twilight vampires!). It is a great story, written in diary form from the perspective of several different people. At the heart of the story is a strong-willed woman who serves as the anchor for the men who have decided to destroy Dracula.

“The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame is an adorable read and I’m surprised I didn’t read this as a child! It follows the adventures of various cute woodland creatures who you can’t help but be captivated by their silly charms.

“Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montgomery is also one of those “how did I miss this during my childhood” books. This is a beloved story of an orphan who is adopted and how she grows up to become a woman. It’s a classic coming of age story that will appeal to anyone and it is similar to “Little Women” and “The Secret Garden”.

Books that are currently in progress:

  • Moby Dick (this book is way too long, I’ve been taking breaks in between)
  • The Woman in White

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