Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well. I’m back again with my very first post for September. Exam season is not entirely over yet but I just have one exam left so it’s not that stressful as before, however I will feel much more relieved after closing the exam season in mid-September.
I changed the layout of my blog and I am quite satisfied with it. I have many ideas for my blog and I hope I can manage to do them all and get more used to the life as a blogger.
As my first post for September and as a celebration for my 1st year as an active (somehow) blogger, I wanted to share four novels that changed my reading habits.
At the age of 13, I discovered my love for reading and fell in love with the english language. I read many different books, mostly YA novels that displayed stories of young teens that struggled with different problems of youth and the pain of growing up. After feeling more confident with the english language, I also started reading english books so that I could develop my english writing skills. Until then, I was simply a bookworm that enjoyed reading stories that are disguised between pages. After I entered university and became a Literature student, my reading habits, preferences and view on Literature has changed completely. Now I want to share four novels by british authors that had a great impact on these changes.
1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice is the first novel I read by Jane Austen. I immediately fell in love with the storyline and Austen’s way of writing and storytelling. I even wrote a term paper about the novel, so I literally know the whole story by heart. It was one of the first british classics I read after starting to study English Literature. Thus, it was one of the first times I read a book thoroughly and analysed it for academic purposes. Although I spent so much time on the novel, I did not get bored of it and I wrote my first term paper at the university about this novel. While researching for my topic, I also read a lot about Austen’s personal life which totally inspired me. Thus, while reading Jane Austen for the first time and researching for my first academic work at the university, I learned a lot and got excited about my uni life and the things I will continue to learn.
I think there are not many people left who did not read Pride and Prejudice, but if you haven’t you should definitely read it.
2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Although I’m not sure if everyone knows the true story of Shelley’s novel, I’m certain that nearly everyone is familiar with the monster. Continuing with Shelley, I present the second female writer that had an huge impact on my reading habits. In my 3rd semester (if I recall correctly), I had a seminar where we read different classics from different periods and likewise read Frankenstein while talking about Dark Romanticism and the rise of the gothic novel. At first I thought that I won’t enjoy the novel as I am not into this kind of stories, but I totally enjoyed it and it is now one of my favourite classics of British literature. The whole idea of the story, the writing and narrative style totally amazed me and it was thrilling to read. I was happy that I took the seminar and read different kind of stories that shape the literary periods of British literature. At the beginning of university, I was not completely sure if I chose the right field but this seminar and especially this novel reminded me of how much I enjoyed reading books and it also extended my interest in Literature and my sense of analysing literary works.
3. Sign Of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
For a very long time I did not try to read the stories about Sherlock Holmes as I was not interested in them at first. But after giving the novels a try, I fell in love with the stories, Holmes’ character and the overall theme of the world of Sherlock Holmes. Moreover, these stories influenced my reading taste and I started to read more crime fiction and now I’m an avid reader and lover of this genre. Sign Of Four is my favourite case of Sherlock Holmes as I did not expect the ending and it was so intriguing to read.
4. The Posion Belt by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
After reading the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, I wanted to read more stuff by Doyle as I totally enjoyed his writing style. So I read the stories about Professor Challenger and I likeswise totally enjoyed them. My favourite story of Prof. Challenger and his crew was The Poison Belt. It was bizarre, weird and rationally pointless. If you haven’t read it yet, you should definitely check it out.
Before starting university, I read because I loved how different combinations of words took me into different story worlds where I met new friends. After starting university, I entered different kind of genres and periods, discovered new authors and new countries. My small shelf turned into a place of different times, words, languages, expressions and characters. There are still books left that I can’t wait to read and to experience. Now words are not simply a road that takes me to new worlds, but rather every word and sentence is a portal in itself, which leads me to different forms of communication and understanding of different story worlds. Not only the presented plot introduces you to a new story world, the words and sentences are story worlds in themselves.
Sâye La Moonbird 🌜
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