I know I haven't been active for a while (…again…) because university is a lot more stressful than I imagined and I needed some time to adjust before I started getting involved in blogging more than I thought I would. I do plan to get back soon, I promise, barring anything weird or unforeseen.
But I've been thinking about some things lately, and while I don't normally do discussion posts like this, or at all, I thought I wanted to today. Feel free to ignore it, or whatever, especially since as you probably guessed by the post's title, this (shortish) post is about classics.
But Annabelle, you might be thinking. Isn't this a YA/MG/NA/occasionally-adult book blog? And contemporary? Whyever would you make a post about classics (that probably like 2% of people will even read)?
Well, firstly, if even a single person reads this post all the way through, I've done something. As to why I am speaking of classics at all, that you'll have to read on to find out.
I know that probably most of you aren't interested in classics. There are all sorts of various reasons, I'm sure–you have to read too many for school, they're boring and more focused on characters than on plot, they're irrelevant and outdated, etc. Believe me, I've heard all of these and felt them too. My parents were always trying to get me to read more classics and I ran through pretty much every excuse you can imagine.
But classics are gorgeous. I'm not saying they don't have issues, particularly social ones. It doesn't make them awful books, and it doesn't mean they're not worth reading. The main problem, from what I've seen, is people now like plot-based books–myself included. But if that is all you ever read, you're missing out on so much.
Almost everyone I know knows how much dislike Ernest Hemingway's books from the small sample I have had–The Old Man and the Sea made me both angry and sad at the same time and The Sun Also Rises bored me to tears. After being forced to read those two books in school, I thought that I would never read another Hemingway book by choice again. And yet.
Despite my reservations and prejudices, I picked up A Farewell to Arms because it was very important to someone close to me. His favorite book, actually. (By the way, if you're not willing to read a book that is important to someone close to you for almost any reason, I'm judging you. I never judge, but that's the exception.)
And, you guys, I have never loved a book so deeply and so painfully and so wonderfully and so intensely and so wholly to the point where by the time I had finished I was absolutely sobbing and literally falling apart at the seams. Oh my god, I had never experienced anything like that. I had never felt so raw, or so ripped apart, or so emotionally drained. You think I am exaggerating. I am not.
A Farewell to Arms is one of my five favorite books of all time. And all because I was willing to give it a chance, despite everything. This happened over three years ago now, but the memory of finishing the book for the first time is as clear as if it happened yesterday. Every time I read it now, I am reminded of how lovely it is. And I would give so much if I could go back and read it again for the first time. That's how much I loved it.
What I'm trying to say in probably the most confusing and roundabout way possible is that you should pick up a classic every once in a while. Maybe it's not what you want to hear, and most of you probably still won't, and that's okay. What you read is your business. But, from my heart, I want to remind you that it doesn't hurt to try something different once in a while.
Until I see you again, my dears!
Release Date: July 16, 2013
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In Renaissance Italy, love, lust, intrigue and secret societies converge to stunning results!
In the second in the stunning Secrets of the Eternal Rose series, Cassandra Caravello is trying to forget Falco, the wild artist who ran off with her heart, as she grows closer to her strong, steady fiancé, Luca. But Luca seems to have his own secrets. When he’s arrested by soldiers in the middle of the night, Cass’s life is once again thrown into chaos. She must save Luca, and that means finding the Book of the Eternal Rose—the only evidence that will prove he’s innocent.
So begins her journey to Florence, a city haunted by whispers of vampirism, secret soirees and clandestine meetings of the Order of the Eternal Rose. And home to Falco, who is working for the Order’s eerily stunning leader, the Belladonna herself.
Can Cass trust her heart to lead her to the truth this time?
Nothing is as it seems in this seductive thriller, where the truth may be the deadliest poison of all.
Hello, and welcome to my first Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by the lovely Jill at Breaking the Spine) since my hiatus! Today I have a book I'm anticipating very highly to advocate, so without further ado, let's go!
Claire Kincaid’s family has been in business for over fifty years.
The voodoo business.
Part of the International Guild of High Priests and Priestesses, a secret society that have practiced voodoo for generations, the Kincaid’s run an underground supply house for authentic voodoo supplies. Claire plays along, filling orders for powders, oils and other bizarre ingredients in the family store, but she has a secret.
She doesn’t believe.
Struggling to reconcile her modern sensibilities with a completely unscientific craft based on suspicion, Claire can’t wait to escape New Orleans – and voodoo – when she goes to college, a desire that creates almost constant conflict in her secret affair with Xander Toussaint, son of the Guild’s powerful founding family.
But when a mysterious customer places an order for a deadly ingredient, Claire begins to realize that there’s more to voodoo – and the families that make up the Guild – than meets the eye.
Including her own.
As she bands together with the other firstborns of the Guild, she comes face to face with a deadly enemy – and the disbelief that may very well kill her.
So, why am I waiting?
First off, I adore Michelle Zink. I've literally read everything she's ever published, and loved everything. She's an enormously talented writer who can use different styles and voices, and her characters truly come to life for me.
I also love voodoo, and it's a subject that isn't written about nearly enough to satisfy me. It needs to be in more books, but since it isn't, I must get my hands on every book that it is.
Plus, there's romance! And knowing Michelle, I bet it gets steamy at some points. It better. But even if it doesn't I'm sure I'll love it.
I'm so looking forward to reading this book, and I hope that you are too!
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