Today I’m here with a really fun tag: The Thank You, Next Book Tag! A big thanks to Siobhan @ Novelties for tagging me!! I’m sure we’ve all heard Ariana Grande’s song “Thank You, Next” and have admired its brilliance. Now it’s time to put that brilliance to some books!
Steps by Jerzy Kosinski. I was assigned to read this for my Postmodern American Fiction class last semester; however, I stopped reading as soon as I got to the bestiality scene about twenty pages in. Thus began a class discussion about what we should and shouldn’t be made to read in class, especially things that make us deeply uncomfortable like this. You could say that it got a little heated.
Oh, so many! I’m going to go with One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez because a) I haven’t talked about it in a while b) it’s a heart-wrenching, beautiful novel and c) it always reminds me of summer because I read it camping one year while sitting by the lake. I love the way this novel is almost like one continuous line of text, how chapters and even paragraph breaks begin to mean little as you meander through this family’s cyclical lives. Definitely a book I want to reread in the near future!
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. Each summer I choose a big book to tackle, and War and Peace was the tome I picked a few summers ago. I read it with a blogging read-a-long that was happening simultaneously, which was absolutely perfect timing. It took me a little over two months to read–having sectioned off parts to read each week and setting a schedule for myself–but I ended up enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. Sometimes a bit of patience definitely pays off when it comes to books, and this experience was a perfect example of that.
Although I cry all the time while watching movies, for some reason it’s rare for me to cry while reading a book. But about thirty pages into The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion I found myself crying in public as I sat reading in one of the dining halls at Wheaton, my friend sitting across from me pausing from her work to ask if I was okay. I am fortunate in that I have never had to endure the awful, terrible loss of someone incredibly close to me, but Didion made me feel just an inkling of what that would be like. I cried again at the end of the novel, when you realize that even after writing this raw, emotional book Didion still doesn’t have all of the answers that she seeks. Truly one of the most powerful books I have ever read.
Name a book that you loved at the time of reading, but in hindsight, you don’t like as much, though you still learned something from it
I think about this a lot with some of the YA books I read in high school. Back then I adored them, but I often wonder if I would feel the same way reading them now. It’s all part of growing as a bookworm, I suppose.
Name a book you are currently talking to
My friend and I decided to read The Stand by Stephen King this summer, which is looking to be quite the lengthy endeavor (my copy is over 1,000 pages long!). I’ve only ever read two other novels by Stephen King, so I’m eager to see what I think of this one.
The Truth About Style by Stacy London. I adore Stacy, and she’s been one of my role models ever since I was younger and used to watch What Not to Wear all the time on TV. Her book is honest and genuine and she talks about things in her life that made me realize that no matter how put together someone looks, you never know what kind of $#@! someone’s been through. Would absolutely recommend to anyone needing a little pep in their step!
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