Hiya! It's Anika , fellow book blogger.:) I'm still deciding about getting a Tumblr myself, but I've been browsing through your blog and love it! Anyway, I've been meaning to ask you - how is your American Classics challenge going? I never read many American classics, and I'm getting enthusiastic about the challenge. Do you have any recommendations? Also, I see you're reading Joanne Harris - i love her, isn't she great!
Hi, Anika, nice to “see” you here! :D If you decide to join Tumblr, that’d be great! (Thanks for liking my blog!)
I’m proceeding with the challenge slowly, but I can say that I love American classics. Up until a few years ago, I was mostly immersed in European literature; I don’t really know why, but I kind of overlooked a lot of great American classics. But I really do recommend them. I mean, there are some great American contemporary writers to be read, but American classics are a must.
Recommendations? Oh, guite a few. (I read some of the books years ago, some recently, but I hope these are good recommendations.) In Cold Blood (Capote), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Kesey - one of my favourite novels, actually), To Kill a Mockingbird, (Lee), Lolita (Nabokov), The Scarlett Letter (Hawthorne), The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald), anything by Steinbeck and Poe… Wow, so many. I plan on re-reading a few of these this year, actually. Poe’s short stories are a great way to start.
Oh, yes, Joanne Harris is amazing! One of my favourite writers. I’m reading her second novel (I haven’t read the first two), and it’s actually a very solid book so far. Cheers!
((Since I had nothing better to do on a Monday night I figured out the weight of Thor’s Hammer. It is said that it was forged in the heart of a dying star, a neutron star; and a teaspoon of matter from a neutron star weighs 1000 metric tons. So with a rough estimate of the dimensions of Thor’s Hammer, (I guessed 60 cm in length, and 30 in width and height, you get 54000 cm^3