Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sense and Sensibilty

Today marks the 201 year anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.  This is one of my favorite Austen stories, I love the Dashwood girls! Which is your favorite movie rendition of Sense and Sensibility?

(Hollywood version)

(BBC version)

Respond in the comments and I'll post my favorite soon!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Confession of a cautious reader

I love to read. Plain and simple as that. I love it! If given the chance, I can read for hours at a time. I love getting sucked into a book and becoming captivated by another time and place. Reading is how I relax, reading makes me content. Other than writing, reading is how I bring myself out of any bad mood. I love so many genres too, mystery, romance, sci-fi, suspense, fantasy, you name it. I LOVE to read!
And then there's the confession. As much as I love to read, I really haven't read that much in the last several months. And here's why. I hate spending lots of time at the library, looking over dozens of books, finding one that sounds amazing, only to get into it and discover all the things I don't want to read. Offensive language, extreme violence, explicit "bedroom" scenes, all that lovely stuff.  An example, I found a book that was a modern twist on a Jane Austen story. I love Austen, so I was excited for an easy, fun read relating to something I loved so much.  My excitement was short lived.  Within the first three pages, I was offended multiple times. So I scanned the next five to see if it was a fluke or if it would be a trend throughout the story, and it clearly was. I sadly put the book down. Worst of all, I was on a trip, and it was the only book I had brought to read. I was really upset about it.  While I don't like reading the offensive stuff, I can understand why writers put it in from time to time; it can add authenticity to a story. I'm not even the type who insists on a super, squeaky clean book, just a mostly clean book. Think PG-PG13 rating. However, the language this author had put in was extreme and rather pointless, which was just frustrating.
And that, my readers, is why I haven't read much lately. I simply don't know what to read and I don't like to be surprised by unpleasant things. My one aid in this struggle has been Goodreads. If you like reading, you will love Goodreads! You find your friends, they rate what they've read and you can see what they have liked. There are many other perks as well, I love it! I highly recommend joining if you love to read like me. It's free, easy to sign up for and easy to figure out. I'll even give you the link to the website: www.goodreads.com.
What about you? What clean books have you read lately that you couldn't put down? I'd love to hear your comments!