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A Five Book Introduction

Five BooksJane Eyre // Charlotte Bronte. It was the first classic I feel in love with and still one of the books I relate to most. The idea of being poor, plain, obscure and little still resonates with me, in a literal sense in some way. I’m 5’2”, a librarian (not in it for the money!), and I maintain a somewhat obscure presence, online and in person (basically loads of attention makes me uncomfortable).

The Sisters Brothers // Patrick deWitt. This is one of the funniest books I have ever read and it is a good representation of my humor.

Far From the Madding Crowd // Thomas Hardy. I am a devoted Thomas Hardy fan (bleakness is my weakness) and once swore I would name my daughter (if I had one) after a character from The Return of the Native. Hint: I didn’t. But, as an adult, the novel that resonates most with me is Far From the Madding Crowd. I have a deep love for rural landscapes and, essentially, places without crowds. I’m independent and stubborn and tend to make at least one wrong decision before I make the right one. The recent movie version is also incredible.

Donnybrook // Frank Bill. One of my favorite grit lit novels – second only to The Devil All the Time – that combines my love of a good fight (kickboxing was the only class I took consistently every semester during college). It’s dirty, gritty, drug-fueled and crime-ridden; it’s quite simply a lot of fun. It also passes my cover snob test.

IT // Stephen King. Although Bag of Bones is my favorite of his novels, IT is the one that pulled me in. I read it too young, of course, and at that time I definitely would’ve been a member of the Losers Club. Sadly, it didn’t exist, but I didn’t have to fight Pennywise either, so it may be a win all around. If any of you have followed my blog even casually, it’s hard to miss my devotion to SK.

Today is day one of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, which I just signed up for (better late than never!), and today’s goal is to pick five books that describe yourself or your lifestyle. What books describe you?

BBAW*Book Blogger Appreciation week is hosted by The Estella Society – Andi at Estella’s Revenge, Heather at Capricious Reader, Ana at Things Mean a Lot, and Jenny at Reading the End. I’m hoping it will introduce me to new blogs and just be a fun event all around. This is as close to being social as I am getting at the moment, so keep it coming!

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