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3 Quotes, 3 Days Tag (Day 3)

It’s day 3 of the 3 Quotes, 3 Days challenge. (To see what I chose for days 1 and 2, click here and here.)

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you (Thank you, again Mandy!)
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

For my last quote I am going with another favorite of mine. This one is from Jane Eyre. Jane and Rochester are having a conversation in the book where he compares her to a wild, frantic bird. This quote is Jane’s response:

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I’ve always loved this quote and everything that it symbolizes. I’ve repeated this one again and again to myself over the years when I’ve been struggling with recovery. I like this quote so much that I even had it tattooed on my arm.

(This is what happens when you ask your boyfriend to take a picture of your arm, but not get your face in the picture.)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Really Liked But Don’t Remember Much About

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It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday again! (TTT is now being hosted at The Arsty Reader Girl) This week’s theme is: Books I Really Liked But Don’t Remember Much About. As I was scrolling through my Goodreads page the other day, thinking to myself “Huh. I don’t even remember reading that.” It’s normal, I suppose, especially when you make it a life goal to read as many books as possible. You’re bound to forget a few.

  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Scarlet by A.C. Gaugen
  • A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  • The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
  • The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
  •  Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
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Books I’m Thankful For

There have been multiple posts popping up in my feed today honoring the books that bloggers are thankful for. I really like this idea, given that there are so many books I adore and am thankful to have read at some point in my life.

These are just a few of the books that have pulled me through hard times, taught me valuable lessons, and have helped shape who I am as a person. These are some of the books that not only hold a special place on my bookshelves, but hold a very special place in my heart.

 

What books are you thankful for? 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Think Children Should Read

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is “Books I Want My Future Children to Read.” Now, I don’t expect to have my own children in the future, so I am making these recommendations based on what I think all children should read at some point in their lives. I chose books that have taught me valuable lessons about life, the world, and growing up.

…To avoid overthinking this whole thing (What age group are we talking about? Technically they’re still children if they are under the age of 18. But wait. are they?) I’m going to make my recommendations for children under the age of 12.

  1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  3. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  4. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  5. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco
  6. Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
  7. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  8. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  9. Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
  10. Pack of Dorks by Beth Vrabel

 

Do you agree with any of these? Which of these are your favorites? 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Back to School Edition

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is “Back to School.” There are some different variations of this going around: Favorite Books Read in Middle School, Books That Should Be Required in School, Classics I Read in High School, etc. I think my list of books that I read in school that I disliked far surpasses the number ten, so I’m going to go with an easier option here.

Some of these books are still favorites of mine to this day. Others I haven’t read since high school, but they were enjoyable at the time, especially compared to some of the other books I was forced to read. (Have any of you read Tess of the D’Urbervilles? UGH.)

Top Ten Books I Read In High School

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 

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Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier

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Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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Night by Elie Wiesel

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Beowulf

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Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton

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Inferno by Dante Alighieri

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The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

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Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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On Gothic Literature

Despite the fact that I haven’t been reading much of it lately, I adore gothic literature. I developed a taste for gothic suspense and gothic romance novels back in high school when I was introduced to Charlotte Bronte and Daphne Du Maurier. For those unfamiliar with gothic fiction, it is a sub-genre of literature that typically combines elements of horror, suspense, death and romance. It originated in eighteenth century England and influenced similar literary styles throughout other parts of Europe and America. Gothic novels commonly feature dark settings, such as mysterious castles, dungeons, mansions, and graveyards. Sometimes they incorporate aspects of the supernatural, like ghosts, but this is not always necessary.

One of my favorite aspects of gothic literature (aside from the creepy settings) is the psychological mind fuck that usually accompanies it. Authors of this type of literature know how to combine what are often viewed as “negative” human emotions (such as terror, dread, and doubt) and combine it with romanticism to create one pleasurably disturbing experience for the reader. (I am now sitting here wondering what this says about  me as a human being. It’s probably best not to open that can of worms…)

There are so many amazing classic and modern gothic novels out there. If you are new to this genre, you may want to introduce yourself by starting with a few of these:

  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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Do you like gothic literature? What are some of your favorite gothic novels? 

 

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Happy Monday, folks! I hope everyone had a nice, relaxing weekend. I am disappointed to report that I haven’t read much this past week due to some health issues I’ve been experiencing. Luckily, I am feeling a little more like myself today and I think things will be better this week. 🙂

I mentioned that I had started Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier recently. I’m not sure if it’s the book itself or my (lack of) attention span that’s to blame, but I just haven’t been able to stay interested in this one. I’ve decided to take a break and try to revisit this one later.

Until I get back to feeling “normal,” I decided to give myself a break and squeeze some easy reads in. I started re-reading an old favorite of mine this morning:

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What are you planning on reading this week?