I have been wanting to do this post ever since rereading Fahrenheit 451, and I haven’t gotten around to it. And now, quite a couple of months have gone by (???!!!), so I can no longer even say that I “just reread” the book. But anyway, I’m still pretty excited to talk about this, so I think it must be a good topic.
There’s something about summer that makes us gravitate towards shorter, lighter reads. On a hot summer day, you don’t want to put on an enormous wool sweater or eat a heaping plate of turkey smothered in steaming hot gravy, do you? Likewise, you simply may not feel inclined to dive into the half-finished copy of War and Peace that’s been looking at you reproachfully for years (or wait, maybe that’s just me who has a half-finished copy of War and Peace staring reproachfully from my shelf). Continue reading “6 Short Classics to Read This Summer”
I have mentioned my little journal where I write post ideas as they come to me.
I opened it up today just to make sure I’ve crossed out all the ones that already got written, and came across something.
It’s day two of the 3 days, 3 quotes challenge! Don’t worry, I’m not going to give you a long story this time. Continue reading “3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge | Day Two”
This post is a request from noteablepad.
Hopefully she won’t be disappointed! I don’t know how hilarious they are. But I’ll share some regardless. (Fair warning: I took all of these from my Rose translation of Les Miserables because it is my most heavily annotated book by far and it was a lot easier to just pull them all from there rather than paw through my entire shelf.)
Oh, and a warning: these annotations come from all over the text. I suppose there could be some spoilers, although I took care to not include anything major. Then again, when a book is over a hundred years old, is there even such thing as a spoiler?
I was tagged by the ever lovely noteablepad. I’ve told you guys how much I love her blog, but if for some reason you still haven’t had a chance to look at it, do it now. If you’re in a hurry, you can just skip this post and go look at her blog instead. It will be worth it. I’m not kidding. Continue reading “3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge | Day One”
In my last post, we talked about the theme of humanity as explored in 1984. Today, we are going to talk about another intriguing theme: “Sanity is not statistical,” that is, the idea that you don’t have to be in the majority to be sane. Continue reading “1984 Part Two: Sanity is Not Statistical”
1984 is one of those rare books that not only keeps its relevance despite the passage of time, but actually increases in relevance. It becomes more and more frightening with every passing year. Obviously, the concept of “Big Brother” being able to keep tabs on every move you make is something that is on a lot of people’s minds today, but that wasn’t actually what struck me as I read it for the third time these last couple of days. In this post and the next, I’ll be talking about what did. Continue reading “1984 Part One: Staying Human is Worth While”