“How dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow.”
― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
First and foremost, Happy Halloween everyone! I decided today would be the perfect day to review Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
One thing about readers is that they love getting books! The problem with buying books for readers though, is that the true written-word-nerd tends to be quite picky about things like editions, covers art, hardcover or softcover, etc., etc. It might deter many well-intentioned gifters from buying books for the book lover in their lives. Still, there are some books that transcend the problematic individuality of readers will (most likely) be loved by all readers.
The fact that this YA novel recently made it to the box office as a Hollywood hit speaks volumes to its relevance in today’s world. First published 21 years ago, The Giver made quite the stir and sparked debates nationwide for its controversial content. Read mostly by young adults, the novel begged its fresh readers to really think. The book’s themes challenge young readers to consider real issues like politics and culture. The content of the novel demanded critical analysis– its message applicable to the real world. Lois Lowry’s Newberry Medal was rightly deserved for this one.
Words hold much power, and when a writer writes, they often agonize about making the right word choice. A very sad girl doesn’t hit the stomach like a devastated girl would. Her green bedroom doesn’t evoke a picture in your mind like her sea foam, window-lined oasis does.
Word choice is much more than just choosing which word fits best in context. Word choice encompasses style, flow, and of course, creating the scene. Word choice can either contribute to passive voice, or make the writing explode with movement and color. (more…)
What I love most about The Great Gatsby is the language. Angelic and perpetually spellbinding, Fitzgerald weaves together words with ease and grace. His descriptions are in-depth and yet, visceral: (more…)
Every once in a while, I like to set the book down and go scour the internet for geeky fabulous book related trinkets, gifts, and gadgets (I do this more than I’d like to admit). Since the holidays are approaching with lightning speed, I thought now would be a great time to start coming up with thoughtful gifts for that book lover in your life (or maybe you are the book lover…eek!). (more…)