I have always loved classic literature more than most new releases. There is a soul in good classic literature which you can feel once it draws you in. Times were different when these books were written; social norms were not what we now know. Classics such as Pride and Prejudice have earned their fandoms (and … Continue reading 4 Obscure Classic Books You Should Read
Books I’m Reading in September
Chilly weather, a cup of tea, and a warm blanket set the mood, making your journey into a story somehow more tangible.
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
I blame all of the cartoon adaptations that have popped up over the years. These adaptations present children with a softened version of the story, so it is a surprise when one opens the long novel and discovers elements of darkness or sketchy behavior.
The Belly of Paris by Emile Zola
The Belly of Paris is a unique, fast-paced novel about justice, revolution, and hunger. It is the third book in a 20-part series titled Les Rougon-Macqyart. The series examines two branches of a family: the respectable (legitimate) side, and the disreputable (illegitimate.) The third installment follows Florent Quenu, a French convict who escaped exile in … Continue reading The Belly of Paris by Emile Zola
Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
Occasionally we find books so beautifully written that it seems the style, not the plot, keeps us turning pages. Though translated from its original French, Swann's Way did not lose its beauty in the process: every sentence reads like a verse from an old, nostalgic poem. As an example: Meanwhile the scenery of his dream-stage … Continue reading Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
Review: Never Never by Brianna R. Shrum
Readers have been enchanted by the tale of Peter Pan for generations, sympathizing with the boy who didn't want to grow up and the children who went on an adventure with him. Having read the book twice, it was exciting to find Never Never at the bookstore--because it sheds more light on the legendary Neverland. … Continue reading Review: Never Never by Brianna R. Shrum