Those of you who follow me here on Bookish Temptations since when I first started posting, already know that I have a soft spot for classic novels. In fact, some of the shelves on my library are dedicated to them.
Not all classics are the same, though, that’s for sure. It’s one thing when you read Jane Austen or the Bronte sisters, and quite another when you read, for example, Joseph Conrad or James Joyce (ugh!! Definitely not one of my favorites). Some of the classic novels I’ve read were very, very hard to get into, some were easier, but all in all I’ve always believed that classics in general can give us a lot in terms of insight, and they provide a lot of food for thought to ponder upon.
It feels like a never-ending battle, doesn’t it? E-books against paper books-some people favor the former, some the latter, but I’m not here to start a war. Quite the opposite actually In this post I’d like to talk about the things I like of both formats. Yes, because I love both. Peeps who follow me also on twitter know that I’m in love with my kindle, and whenever I can’t find it (yes, I’m a bit distracted) my heart almost stops. But I’ve always loved traditional books as well, because to me there’s nothing like the feel of a real book, the one you can touch with your hands – it’s as if you could really touch the story, if that makes any sense…
Both e-books and paper books have their advantages, and so I’m going to share with you what I like about both..
Music is a very important part of my life. I practically live with my ipod attached at the hip, and panic attacks ensue when I happen to forget my ipod at home.. So when two of my passions, music and books unite? That’s my little piece of heaven right there.
One of the most controversial topics in booksland is the amount of angst readers can handle in books. Generally speaking, I’m kind of a wuss, when it comes to angst. When I reach that point of the novel where things start to get rough, I start biting my nails and my mind immediately begins making up all kinds of different scenarios. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit this, but I often leaf through the final pages to see how the ending will be, so that I can put my mind at peace.
I’ve said before that yes, I’m that kind of girl who gets all sappy and teary-eyed during weddings. I just can’t help it. The beauty of the ceremony, the couple declaring their love in front of God….It all makes the tears come (thank God for waterproof mascara! ).
So personally, I love reading about fictional couples tying the knot, especially when the lovers have been through hell to be together. Not that I like seeing them suffer, mind you (actually, I’m kind of a wuss when it comes to angst, but this is for another post ). But weddings seem like the perfect way to show the world how much two characters love each other.
I can’t believe it’s October already! This is absolutely, my favourite month of the year. Once I get over the pain of leaving summer behind, I fully embrace sweater weather. There is something about the cool, crisp air that inspires comfort. I also enjoy our Canadian Thanksgiving holiday and my favourite holiday of the year…Halloween. In honour of this spooky holiday I thought I would share some of my scariest reads.
Show me any slasher flick and I’ll be sure to sit through most of it without flinching. Show me a good ghost story or a psychological thriller? Chances are I’ll be up with the light on until the wee hours. Same goes for books. There are a few times I wanted to make like Joey from Friends and put my copy of The Shining in the freezer…
Ah yes, The Bard of Avon. William Shakespeare, English poet, dramatist, and actor, often called the English national poet, is widely considered the greatest dramatist of all time. I was 14 when I read my first Shakespeare play in school, Romeo and Juliet, and from that moment on, I was hooked. I admit that I had trouble with the language. There was a disconnect for me, until I watched the play come to life in the well known 1968 film version by Zeffirelli. All of a sudden, it clicked for me. I get why we sometimes are overwhelmed when reading Shakespeare though. Though the language is only one linguistic generation away from ours, its full of words we don’t even use anymore. As well as having to deal with poetic license, versification and archaisms, the grammar and spelling rules were still not established at that time in history. The dude has been credited by the Oxford dictionary with creating over 3000 new words. As quoted by Louis Marder, “Shakespeare was so facile in employing words that he was able to use over 7,000 of them—more than occur in the whole King James version of the Bible—only once and never again.”
Yeah. So if you are one of those who doesn’t “get” reading Shakespeare, don’t beat yourself up over it. There’s another way to enjoy Shakespeare, as I learned the first time round in high school. Now that the history lesson is over, let’s get to why I wrote this post. My favourite Shakespeare plays, which I not only love to read, but also on occasion have made the leap from the page to favourite film as well. Join me after the jump and find out which made the cut.
As I have probably mentioned before, I have always been an avid reader. My mom was a great influence in that way, though she generally ran the way of Harlequins, as most of the women in my extended family. I read every chapter book I could get my hands on, including classics like Charlotte’s Web, Anne of Green Gables, Little House on the Prairie, any Judy Blume…even Nancy Drew and TheHardy Boys. (No, I’m not THAT old. My grandmother kept the volumes my mom and aunts read when they were younger.) All of these books impacted me in one way or another…but it wasn’t until I was older and able to comprehend more of what I was reading did I start compiling books that would keep me coming back over and over throughout the years.