Thursday, May 30, 2013

Armchair BEA Day 3 Life CHanigng Books and Instagram Challenge

Life changing books and Genre Fiction is the theme for today.

First let me say, I was all set to participate in all days of the #ArmchairBEA virtual conference. However, I've had a serious health diagnosis that I need to address, and I need to take a 5 hour trip out of town. But I wanted to conribute something, perhaps to take my mind off my troubles, and the best way for me to de-stress is to, you got, it, read. And write about it.

It's so hard to pick one book that changed my life. I think all books change you to some extent, that's why we read, isn't it? T0 experience different lives and learn new things? But in the intersts of me having to drive to Salt Lake today, I decided to pick just one. Here's the opening line:

"It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York."

I've always admired Sylvia Plath's power in her poetry and in what I think might be her best work. I've struggled with many of the same issues (depression, mostly but also a feeling of isolation and difficulty with making connections with people. struggling as a writer striving to be taken seriously) and it always felt like I had a friend in this book. Sylvia Plath has been a literary mentor to me as a writer, and I find my readings of the books have changes as I moved from my teen years, to my 20's and now in my 30's, it's like we're having this lifetime together and it's pretty cool. And the audiobook is wonderful as well. I love Maggie Gyllenhaal's voice as the narrator. I have it plugged into my phone as I prepare to face more doctors an tests and an uncertain diagnosis, and so this book is kind of my "binky" right now, if that makes sense.

The books on the left: mostly Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and some degree of YA or New Adult. Also challenge books from 2 different challenges. One the right are a bunch of old vintage gothic romances from the 60's and 70's (thanks, Ebay!) that I recently have become obsessed over.

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