I am accepting the Unique Blogger Award from Holly @ Nut Free Nerd. If you haven’t checked out Holly’s blog, you should, she posts amazing discussions and oftentimes her discussions end up in my The Sunday Post feature.
- Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
- Answer the questions.
- In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
- Ask them three questions.
1. Do you have a favorite book genre?
I honestly love World War II fanfiction, but it is getting kind of heavy as of late. I recently talked a bit about this in the How I Choose My Books Tag. I have read a lot of books centered around this time period and I’ve been in awe of the different perspectives that authors are unearthing.
I have many World War II books still on my list, but I am constantly talking about City of Thieves by David Benioff, and I loved listening to Salt to the Sea earlier this month, and I really liked Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein. On my TBR pile is Mischling, All the Light We Cannot See, The Women in the Castle, and Lilac Girls!
2. How do you feel about what is considered to be “classic” literature?
I honestly feel like there is a nebulous definition of what is considered “classic” literature. On one hand, you see authors like Charles Dickens and Jane Austen which I don’t think anyone says aren’t canonical to classic literature, but there are newer books as well that can be considered classic but are definitely more modern but definitely have the same “staying power” as sone of the Victorian romances.
Honestly, I think if we can hurl an insult and it’s understood, even by people who haven’t read the book, it’s considered a classic. I have a bit of an issue w ith constantly rewriting, rehashing, and reimagining classics, but that’s a whole other question.
I also think that we have to be aware that as English speakers, our view of literature can be narrow. I was reading something about translated works, but most of what I see considered as classics are American, British, Russian, and parts of Europe. I am curious to know how much literature is out there from the same time as Jane Austen and Charles Dickens that hasn’t been translated because publishers and people aren’t seeing value in these works.
For example, when I was in college, I read a lot of Gothic fiction, and one of the books I looked to was Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, not a well-known book, but also not terribly hard to find. When I had to analyze it through and pull from some critical sources, I couldn’t find any despite the book being written in 1935 in Czechoslavakia, and not being published until 1945! The book was adapted into a movie in the Czech Republic, but we couldn’t turn up anything about the book.
I’m not sure this book is a “classic,” but clearly it had moved enough people in the Czech Republic for a movie to be made, and I think that these translated works can help us inform our world view and help us see there are people just like us who dream, and think in these complex way that manifest as litearture.
3. What has been your favorite experience blogging so far?
I feel like blogging can be very solitary because I spend most of my time at my computer writing, but I have really enjoyed getting to know different people from all across the world and sharing in a love of literature. It’s opened my eyes to how fortunate I am to live where I am, have a bookstore nearby, and be able to access a wide variety of literature at a whim.
For the blog itself, I’ve had some great experiences with responses to my Book Style features. One of my first jobs after I got out of college was writing blurbs for a fashion website. It meant that I spent a lot of time looking at pretty things, but at the same time I was also knitting a lot, and that meant that I was paying attention to things like lines and proporitons and color, and it started leaching into my blog posts with The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown being my first attempt at this experiment.
I also sometimes tend to dress in code, so the feature became a game to see how many cohesive outfits I could put together that symbolized the contents of the book. One of my favorite experiences with this, was when I styled Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Wein saw my tweet about the outfit and she loved the concept of how I wove in parts of the story into a 1940s inspired look.
Darque @ Darque The Dreamer
Alex @ Whimsy Pages
Sydney @ Fire and Rain Books
Naty @ Naty’s Bookshelf
Annike and Zoë @ Twin Tales
Sarah @ Between the Pages
Celeste @ Inked Books
Kristin @ Kristen Kraves Books
Azia @ The Uncharted Word
Ayunda @ Tea & Paperbacks
Mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader
Mallory @ She Is Bookish
Questions for My Nominees
1. Do you listen to audiobooks and what do you look for when selecting one?
2. If you could be any character from a book, movie, musical, or television show, what would it be? (Bonus imaginary points if you select one character from each of the named genres or find another genre!)
3. If you could take a one-way trip to any time period, where would you go and what would you do when you got there?
That’s it for this award! Thank you so much to Holly once again for nominating me! What did you guys think of my answers? Let me know in the comments below!