Wednesday, April 17, 2013

varied readings

Some days I feel like my sole purpose in life is to turn off the lights.

I don't even mean this in a deep, metaphorical way. I literally mean that I walk around my house (and at school too!) turning off the lights that everyone else has forgotten to turn off. (My second purpose is tripping over invisible objects so that everyone can laugh at me. I also minor in closing windows that everyone else has forgotten about.)

With all this stress, it's no wonder that sometimes I just like to curl up with a nice book. (Okay, make that always. If I could spend my entire life eating- I actually have a batch of these brownies in the oven right now!- reading and drinking tea, I would be perfectly happy.) Here's some of my latest picks!

1- Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens.

I mentioned this book in another recent post but, since I'm still loving and reading it, I thought it deserved another mention. Charles Dickens is one of my favourite authors for several reasons, but top of the list his lovely prose (one of the many reasons I was born in the wrong century is because I actually enjoy reading long descriptions!) and his carefully drawn characters- what other author has a character constantly described as a steam engine? (That sounded better in my head... and on the page.)

2- We The Living by Ayn Rand.

This book... just thinking about it again makes me feel sad. It's one of those stories that you start and that you know it's going to end badly, but you keep reading on the off chance that the characters will be drawn out of their deep pit of despair. (Does anyone else do this?)
...Needless to say, this was not a book I'd recommend if you're already feeling down. (Or happy, because then you will feel down for sure.)
But I figure, if I'm still thinking about it a week later... it's a good book.

3- This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This book makes me even more excited to go to university! It's filled with descriptions of their long discussions of literature and their sumptuous all-night parties... so it might be wish fulfillment, but a girl can dream, right?

And... that's that! (Yay for classic literature!) What have you been reading lately? )And if you liked my selections, feel free to friend me on Goodreads or Twitter to see what I'm reading next!) Any tasty recipes to go along with it?

Jenny Matlock 

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  1. I love reading your reviews here. I like literature and my middle daughter is in love with it! We are avid readers at our house, all of us! Good to see you here and hope you are well. Enjoy the coming weekend,

  2. I too think I would like to spend my life eating, reading, and drinking tea. Or hot cocoa. Alas, my life actually has quite a lot of stress.

  3. I am re-reading "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and enjoying it immensely. I really need to set up an account on Good Reads!

    I'm going to download "This Side of Paradise", haven't read it in years...

  4. Just found your blog through Alphabe Thursday!!! Love it!!!


  5. It is wonderful to read about the connection you have with books.

  6. reading is one of my favorite things to do. it is always nice to read the words of other lovers of books!

  7. I am a book fan as well, though I must confess I haven't read Little Dorrit (though I saw it on Masterpiece Theatre, which doesn't count). Do you plan to major in literature at school?

  8. I love these picks. I'm a fan of Fitzgerald and Dickens but I haven't personally read either of these picks. There are on my to-read list though.

  9. There is nothing I Value more than the time I get to relax, wind down and read a good book...

    These are some Very good selections...

    Great post for the letter V...



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