Welcome to Book Blogger Appreciation Week! This used to be one of my favorite blogger events because of the love shown for books and bloggers. Then it started focusing too much on blogger awards and was feeling more like a popularity contest and I was kind of glad when it fizzled out. But lately, I feel like the sense of community is waning so I'm very happy that the event has been resurrected (sans awards) and I'll be enthusiastically participating!
Day 1 Introduce yourself by telling us about five books that represent you as a person or your interests/lifestyle.
One of my favorite books as a kid was No Flying in the House by Betty Brock. I probably read this book twenty or more times. It's about Annabel who finds out that she's half fairy. This book not only kept me trying to kiss my elbow for years (that's how you can tell if you are a fairy) but it established one of my favorite kind of books -- real world with magic added in. Books like this give me hope that there is real magic hidden somewhere in this sometimes bleak world.
Amusing side story: a few months ago, I met up with two lovely friends who I've met through book blogging--Natalie and Selena--and Selena brought books for Nat and me. She was giving me mine and said "there's this one that was one of my favorites as a kid and it's about, well, not flying in the house ..." and I immediately freaked out and then knew that we would be friends forever. This is why books and blogging are so awesome!
And then there is The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. It's all about books, brains, and humor -- just like me! When I first read this book, I felt like I was home.
The first line of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens is possibly my favorite opening line in all of literature (so far) --
Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.I first read this book when I was a teen and then a few times since and it's always inspired me with amazing characters and a heartwarming story. It also established that I would never fear classics.
I had already read and loved Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White when I read The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. This book led me to Lady Audley's Secret and the realization that Victorian sensation fiction was a genre and that I loved it. From East Lynne to Armadale to The Mystery of Edwin Drood, I can't get enough of these crazy novels. Add in neo-Victorian sensation novels like The Meaning of Night and The Quincunx and I'm in heaven. I think what I love about this genre is the outrageousness -- without the sordidness of the modern equivalents.
Finally, I have to credit Gone With the Wind (and my mother, who gave it to me to read in my early teens) with my love for chunksters. When one of your first adult novels is over 700 pages long, you learn to love a big, meaty read.
So, my dream read is a Victorian chunkster that has a realistic world with magic in it and a lot of talk about books? Hmm ...
Well, not quite Victorian but I don't mind! Based on these books, comment and give me a book recommendation!
Self-discovery through shelf discovery,