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October 5: Favorite Book

on October 5, 2012

October 5: What is your favorite book?

I mentioned many favorite books in this post, but I figured I would take this opportunity to go into a little bit of detail about my favs. I know most people aren’t into the classics, but I love to read classics. Anna Karenina is currently my bath book. Anyway, here are my two favorite books at the moment–I encourage you to give them a try.

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities has been my favorite book for a long time. Charles Dickens just has a way with words and characterization that I find so beautiful. I once had a friend tell me that this is not actually my favorite book, that all English majors say that because it is supposed to be their favorite book, but that just isn’t true. I adore this book. It was one of the few that I took with me when I studied in Germany, and whenever I felt homesick or overwhelmed I would start reading it again–like a comfort blanket. I first read A Tale of Two Cities in 9th grade before I truly understood the different aspects of literature, so this book taught me important things like symbolism and foreshadowing. It helped refine my love for books into a love for literature, eventually leading to my degree in English Lit. It’s that good.

 

The Monk is not quite as well known as A Tale of Two Cities, but it is still a solid classic. This was the first book I read after graduating college and had the time and mental capacity to read whatever I wanted. Seriously. I starting acquiring a taste for classic Gothic Literature my senior year of college, and I had a professor who kept referring to this book, so I bought it as soon as I graduated. I had another professor affectionately refer to it as the classic literature equivalent of a slasher movie, and I’d have to agree. It’s full of some serious character development, crazy plot twists, and good ‘ole fashioned abuse of religious power, and it was such a page turner that I would stay up late into the night reading  it.

Are there any other lovers of the classics out there? Anyone? Beuller?

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2 responses to “October 5: Favorite Book

  1. I’m an English Lit major too and I have to say that Anna Karenina is my all time favourite. I’ve read and own A Tale of Two Cities but have never read The Monk

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