December 15, 2003

A little bit of RNR

Reading Nora Roberts. What can ya say? A little bit of smut, easy reading, and a nice little murder in a small town.

What would Andy say to that? Heck, I think Andy did a little more with Helen than take her to dances. hehehe.

Anyway, I just finished one of her books. Carnal Innocence.

Kinda crappy. The characters weren't developed enough.

I think I will go back to The Old Man and the Sea and Summer (Edith Wharton). Much better for my warm-weather-classic-loving mind.

Setting is so important to me when I read. Ethan Frome made me shiver in the summer. I get so wrapped up in the story that I am lost in it. Maybe that is the root to my idealism and perfectionist tendencies. I have read too many books on the subject. Books are evil--NOOOO--Fahrenheit 451 makes me feel so sad. The Catcher in the Rye. Poor Holden Caulfield. Ahh. I love books.

This entry is beginning to look like my notes for an article: incoherent. Forgive me, I am reveling in puttering around the house, laughing and crying at movies. Without interruption. Just wanted to blog about holiday happiness.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at December 15, 2003 10:58 PM

I always get a laugh out of your posts, dear. Let me just say that you and I ought to begin a book discussion group. I love the classics. Some good old Hemingway and Fitzgerald and books of the like set me into a reading frenzy. I can't help but read while I do numerous other daily activities... like washing the dishes. I wouldn't recommend that, however, since my incident last fall rendered a copy of "A Tale of Two Cities" rather, um, moist and bubbly...

Posted by: Karissa at December 16, 2003 7:36 PM

Don't knock the power of smut after a hard semester's work! I've been reading _Return to Temptation_ by Jennifer Crusie -- mind you, I usually scoff at romance!

Posted by: Julie at December 16, 2003 10:04 PM

Sorry Julie. I love smuttiness too, but I love the classics more. But _Pride and Prejudice_ leaves many things to the imagination. hehehe. That Mark Darcy. mmmmmmm.

Have you seen the movie with Colin Firth? Every adaptation has been wonderful, but that one has the best Darcy.

What is it about an English accent? Or Irish...or Aussie...

Posted by: Amanda at December 17, 2003 11:26 AM

I am more partial to fantasy stuff after a long days work. There is just something about the made up worlds created by authors like Robert Jordan, Elizabeth Haydon, and J.R.R. Tolkien that help me get through the real world. I love discovering new worlds through words...even if those worlds are only on paper. Now don't get me wrong. I love the classics, especially David Copperfield, but give me a good fantasy novel, some hot chocolate, and a day with nothing to do and I am a very happy person.


Posted by: Tiffany at December 17, 2003 10:46 PM

Tiff, you may want to try looking at Sarah Rosenburg's top ten list for LOTR websites. She did a really great job on her website for class. The link should still be on her blog.

Are you going to see _The Return of the King_? I am going to wait a while. The theaters are probably packed.

Posted by: Amanda at December 18, 2003 12:30 PM

Am I going to see Return of the King? What a silly I am going to see it. I am incredibly obsessed with the book. I even wrote a research paper on it for my LaRoche Writing class this past year. I'm a little bit depressed that I couldn't go yesterday when it opened, but because of circumstances beyond my control I was unable to attend. I am actually going tomorrow morning, bright and early with my uncle. From what I understand it is amazing!


Posted by: Tiffany at December 18, 2003 2:13 PM
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