I am SO excited to have signed up for this year’s Armchair BEA at-http://www.armchairbea.com For those of us unable to attend the annual BEA in New York City, we are lucky to have the opportunity to participate in this.
To start off, they asked each blogger to answer som questions to introduce themselves- here it goes-
1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
My name is Kerri and I have just started blogging three months ago. I began my blog to keep track of the books I was reading. I have been reading books for pleasure since I was eleven years old. I never realized there were so many people who love reading as much as I do until I satrted reading other blogs!
2. Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures.
I am blogging from a small town in Northwestern New Jersey. It is a quaint little town with lots of small shops and local farms. It still seems strange to live in the “country” since I grew up in NYC.
3. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?
Wow- hard one-I have read some really great books so far this year- I really loved The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow and The Lost Wife.
4. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
I have been married 18 years, and I am the mother of two teenagers- yikes! My dream is to own a bookstore and live at the beach.
5. Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?
My favorite post was-Honestly, Do You Keep Reading It?- I asked what you do when you find yourself reading a book you just do not like/aren’t into. I love it becuase I got so much feedback. I loved hearing from so many people what they do when they find themselves in that situation- which I think we have all been in
Today’s topic is “The Classic”.
from Armchair BEA-
Fans of classics love them for their universal themes, their understanding of the human condition, the writing, and sometimes for reasons that can’t be explained. Why, reader, do you love classics?
Today, tell us all the reasons why you love classic literature. What are your favorite classics? If you could give a list of classics to someone who claims to hate them to make them change their mind, what would be on it? How would you convince them to give classics a try? And why do you keep coming back to those old favorites?
I do love reading classics. I think sometimes I get so caught up reading the newest and latest books, that I need to make myself pull back, and reach for a classic. I feel something is a classic that stands the test of time, inspires readers, and reach beyond just one genre. Classics can be romances, mysteries, science fiction. I think I began loving classic in which school. My 11th grade Lit teacher-Hi Mrs. Chapman- inspired this love. Most kids (gasp) did not appreciate her much, but when we finished reading Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, I knew she was going to be one of my all time favorite teachers. As I continued trough school, I was able to read amazing books.
Some of my FAVORITE classics are-
Anything Austen- I love everything written by Jane Austen- with Pride & Prejudice being my all time favorite.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald- took a class in college that centered around this time period and got to love all Fitzgerald and Hemingway.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee- Atticus Finch (to me) is the epitome of the perfect man.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
And of course- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley(thanks again Mrs. Chapman!)
There are certain classic that I have been able to tackle for one reason or the other-
I want to join The Classics Club, but have been hesitant up to now.
For a first timer, I would recommend To Kill a Mockingbird, Little Women, or Pride & Prejudice.
What are some of your favorite classics?
Frankenstein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Cover of Little Women (Andre Deutsch Classics)
Cover via Amazon
English: Title page. Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. London: George Allen, 1894. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Cover of The Great Gatsby