I have done the impossible: I’ve turned my husband, who takes three months or longer to read a book, into a book buyer.
An unexpected package arrived in the mail the other day, which was a bit of a head-scratcher. I hadn’t ordered anything lately…had I? Or did I go into a coma after a spending spree and forgot all about it?
Nope, turns out my husband had ordered a book and not just any book. A special hardback edition of 1984 by George Orwell:
Isn’t it so beautiful?
1984 is a haunting classic that has stood the test of time thanks to our human instincts to turn our societies into dystopian nightmares. Over fifty years later and the damn thing is still so freaking relatable.
Which begs the question why I haven’t read it yet. Maybe I was just waiting for the right person to come along to buy a beautiful edition like this. (Thank you, sweetie!)
After reading the blurb (again), this book shot up my TBR pile so fast:
“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”
“Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can’t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching…”
The world isn’t exactly in the best state right now, which is about as generous to say as a 1 billion dollar donation to charities feeding starving children. So it’ll be nice, in between panicking about global warming, possible nuclear war and austerity so severe that more people might actually die from poverty and lack of health insurance than COVID-19 next year, *breathe* to read about a dystopia that isn’t currently happening.
I’m going to read and review this one even though it’s a dystopia rather than an urban fantasy just because it’s a classic and I’ve always wanted to read it. Plus, dystopia is kind of my guilty pleasure, although not quite as guilty as reverse harems – what is it about those genres?
So ecstatic to start reading this one and secretly, I’m hoping that my husband will see more awesome hardback editions of cool books and get those too! Finally, an upside to all those damn ads when you’re just trying to read the freaking news.
Thanks for reading!