Mar. 26th, 2016

chelseagirl: Alice -- Tenniel (Alice)
Ducking in on a "study break" for a moment:

Do I read? What books are my favorites?

Um, for me that's like asking "do you breathe?" I'm one of those people who taught myself to read when I got bored doing the alphabet in kindergarten. (I'm not sure that's the best thing, because I tend to get impatient with things I don't master immediately, and there are quite a few of those.)

I read so much that I did grad school in English literature -- 19th century British literature.

If I'm asked what's my favorite book, I say Middlemarch by George Eliot, and it is one of my all-time favorites.

Really, I love Victorian novels and Romantic poetry and some from each category of literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy. Right now I'm sitting at a desk with all of Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century steampunk series piled up next to me because I'm working on an article.

Books that I have read over and over and over again, because I've taught them over and over again, and I still love them:
To Kill a Mockingbird
Frankenstein
In Cold Blood
Paradise Lost
Inferno
Midnight's Children

But now I'm mostly teaching composition, because that's what's needed and I love my writing center job.

Books that of course I like:
Anything by Austen
Anything by any Bronte sister
Most of Trollope and of Wilkie Collins
Bleak House by Dickens, also Our Mutual Friend by Dickens
and of course Middlemarch, as well as Daniel Deronda, by George Eliot
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (my standard icon might have clued you in)

Also
The Bas Lag books, and The City and the City, and Embassytown by China Mieville
Possession by A. S. Byatt
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
the Aegypt series by John Crowley

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