I'm going to be posting book reviews and recommendation lists on this blog. I'll be covering non-fiction, biographies, classic literature, genre fiction (especially mysteries, plus some fantasy and horror), and new books. I love to read many different categories of fiction - it doesn't matter to me what "genre" the book belongs to. If it interests me, I'll try it. I want to review books based on whether or not they're entertaining, not their use of symbolism or other literary concerns. I can honestly say that I've never heard another person tell me, "I couldn't put that book down - the symbolism was so enthralling!" I think the real realm of literature is to make us laugh, make us cry, make us think. That's what makes a good book to me. A book doesn't have to be a masterpiece for me to enjoy it: if it amuses, moves, or provokes me, I'll like it. My other main concern is the author's intent. If the book is supposed to be funny, and I'm laughing, how is this book less valid than one that is brilliant but dull? If the book is supposed to be touching, and I'm crying at the end, how is this book inferior to one that is superbly written but unmoving? Word of warning: There will be no rhyme or reason to the books I choose or the order I post them in. When I read it, I'll post it (regardless of how old the book is or what type of book it is.) In short: If I'm reading it, I'll be posting on it. I hope you enjoy my reviews! Oh! One final warning (this is starting to sound like a corny horror movie) - if I read one book and really like it, I'll probably go crazy and start binging on every book the author has ever written. Nerdy, am I not? :)
Favorite Authors: William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Agatha Christie, Daphne Du Maurier, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, Edgar Alan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lynne Truss, Washington Irving, Terry Pratchett, Suzanne Collins
Favorite Books: Lord of the Flies, Hamlet, Rebecca, Murder of Roger Ackroyd; Eats, Shoots and Leaves; And Then There Were None, Northanger Abbey, The Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men, The Hunger Games series
Favorite Movies: Coen Brothers movies, Alfred Hitchcock (esp. The Trouble With Harry), comedies (Shaun of The Dead, Monty Python) historical films (Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford)
Favorite Music: Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy, Rush, Metallica, Three Doors Down, Tori Amos, Chopin, Beethoven, Bach, Berlioz, Schoenberg
Favorite Poets: Edgar Alan Poe, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Lord Byron, John Donne, Samuel Coleridge, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
My Life...According To Pink Floyd
Are you a male or female: “Mother”
Describe yourself: "Fearless"
How do you feel: “Sorrow”
Where do you currently live: “Outside the Wall”
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: “The Great Gig in the Sky”
Your favorite form of transportation: “Pigs on the Wing”
Your best friend is: “Pigs (Three Different Ones)”
You and your best friends are: "Wearing The Inside Out"
What's the weather like: “Obscured By Clouds”
Favourite time of day: "Morning Glory"
If your life was a TV show, what would it be called:“Welcome to the Machine”
What is life to you: “A Momentary Lapse of Reason"
Your relationship: “Nobody Home”
Your fear: “One of My Turns”
What is the best advice you have to give: “Shine on, You Crazy Diamond”
Thought for the Day: "The Gold It's In The..."
How would you like to die: “Brain Damage”
My soul's present condition: “Waiting for the Worms”