I’m so excited about Book Blogger Appreciation Week. I’ve met some of my dearest, sweetest friends through blogging.
Today’s topic is to introduce myself by telling you about five books that represent me as a person or my interests/lifestyle.
Let’s get started!
This has to be one of my favorite children’s books. No Matter What is about a parent’s ability to love their child endlessly… no matter what. I have three kids; Hope will be 16 this Friday, Atticus is five, and Persephone (Persy Jane) is three. I believe that children should be treated with respect and be allowed to express their emotions. You can never spoil a child by loving them, listening to them, and letting their creativity and imagination grow.
I’ve read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath at least a dozen times (probably more). I’ve adored Plath since age 12, but my thoughts and opinions on this book, her poetry, and her life have matured as I’ve grown. As a burgeoning feminist in my teens this book opened my eyes to sexism and patriarchal oppression, in my twenties I had my first major depressive episode and the descriptions of the protagonist’s symptoms mirrored my own and I felt not quite so alone, and now in my thirties I respect The Bell Jar as a darkly humorous novel by a brilliant author. The Bell Jar represents me as a feminist, a mental illness sufferer, and a snark-loving bookish gal.
Now for a non-fiction title! I’ve always been an introvert, but I can be gregarious on social media, in writing, and with small groups of friends. If I truly believe in a cause you’ll also have a problem getting me to shut up! I appreciate solitude and quiet moments and I am a better human when I can have time to recharge. Susan Cain’s advocacy for introversion is remarkable and this book is illuminating for introverts and extroverts.
I devoured Among Others last autumn. The protagonist in the novel, Morwenna, adores science fiction novels. I, actually, have not read much science fiction. I picked this book because it is chock full of magical realism, book adoration, and library love. I’ve worked in a small academic library for almost a dozen years and for most of my time here I’ve managed interlibrary loan services. Interlibrary loan plays a large role in Among Others and my favorite quotation from this book is, “Interlibrary loans are a wonder of the world and a glory of civilization.”
Picking the last book for this list has been extremely difficult. I ADORE Victorian literature and I had a difficult time picking one title. I decided to pick Jane Eyre because it was the first Victorian novel I read that sent me on a mission to devour all the 600+ page Victorian sagas with ferocity. Other Victorian books I love include Bleak House by Charles Dickens, The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, Middlemarch by George Eliot, and many more titles. If you’re having a read-along, want a reading buddy, or simply want to talk Victorian tomes, then I’m your lady.
I cannot wait to meet more book bloggers this week. Let me know in the comments if any of these books “represent” you. Pour yourself some coffee or tea and let’s chat!