An explanation. Armchair BEA:
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Hi! Welcome to my blog, if you’ve never been here before. Today is the day Armchair BEA participants introduce themselves and answer some questions. I’m Chris of Chrisbookarama. I’ve been blogging for six years so I feel like I’ve introduced myself a lot over the years for various reasons. In fact, here’s my post from last year’s Armchair BEA. Have a gander. Anyway, I’m just going to go with one question.
What is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?
I loved The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin. It’s not a new book by any means and everyone knows about The Stepford Wives but the book really surprised me. I was totally sucked into it and it creeped me out! I’m going to recommend it to everyone, especially fans of horror. I hope you’ll give it a read.
As you can tell, I don’t always read and review new books. I like reading the classics. Classics are some of my favorite books. I probably have a favorite classic in every genre. If I could recommend some classics based on a non-classic reader’s preferences, I’d choose:
- Sci-Fi. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Meet the monster.
- Horror. I would have said Dracula by Bram Stoker, but after reading Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, I’d have to go with that one.
- Gothic Mystery. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte or The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.
- Romance. Probably Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, although it’s so much more than a romance, it has a HEA ending so I think it counts. Or The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Dystopian. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Is there hope for humanity?
- Chick Lit? Can chick lit have a classic yet? I think it can. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding.
- Short story. For those with short attention spans. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
- Non-fiction. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. Love him or hate him, he knew Paris.
So there it is. Welcome to my Armchair BEA post!