I am, you know why? I’ve just received The Booker Award from amazing mystery-sleuth writer, Lada Ray. I’ve only read one of her novels, but I have the rest in her series, and when I get some time I can’t wait to read them! The Booker Award is an award just for authors, and it prompts us to tell our readers about our top five favorite novels, and then to nominate another five of our fellow authors.
Now, I can say that pretty much anything by Shakespeare is right up there on my list, but I wanted to expand on this specific one. (By the way, that copy to the right is one very old copy from my best friend’s library, which I just happen to live right next to…) This particular play shows Shakespeare’s sense of humor, and coupled with his other plays shows how well rounded of a writer he was. I really enjoyed this, and I am sure you will too.
Jane Austen: Emma AND Pride & Prejudice
I cannot pick a favorite Jane Austen novel. She is my favorite all time writer, and all of her novels are my top five. What I love about Emma, is really what a lot of people hate about it–Emma’s being so very pig headed. Another reason I love it: the movie adaptation with Johnny Lee Miller (have you seen him in Elementary?? You should watch it!). Why I love Pride and Prejudice? I love everything about it. It teaches us a lesson about our preconceived notions, about arrogance and pride and well, it ends wonderfully!
Emily Bronte: Wuthering Heights
This novel took me almost a year to read, and honestly, nothing ever takes me that long to read. It wasn’t because the novel was bad, it was extremely long and it’s content was extremely dark. None, none of the characters are likeable, each of them is flawed with so many demons that the fact that they exist is implausible. The reason I love it so much is the way that it’s written–the lines…Here is one of my favorites:
‘I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always — take any form — drive me mad! Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!’
When it came to the last novel, you would think I would have had a hard time, and you are probably guessing it’s going to be another classic, perhaps Chaucer? Nope, this was the first novel that came to mind after the others. I can see it as a classic, and I can see the scenes as fresh in my mind as I did when I first read the novel.
Ellen Ekstrom: Armor of Light
I can gush about this book for hours. The way it’s written? Superb. The lush medieval picture that is painted with gorgeous description that is just enough to keep your own mind thinking…and the story line–the twists that you never see coming! I can see this as a movie right now, and while I first thought Jude Law–I’ve decided he’s too skinny, too willowy–now, Johnny Lee Miller, he would do just fine! I am very lucky to say that the author of this novel is one of my close friends, but I assure you that has nothing to do with my opinion on this novel.
Here are my nominations: