Friday, October 7, 2011

You read more than YA? Really? YES!

Hello readers, today I'd like to take a break and talk about some of the timeless classics, the books that I absolutely adore--in other words the beautiful books that are misunderstood. Not nearly enough people have read these.

I'm going to limit myself to three books. You don't even know how how difficult this is going to be.

Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. A beautiful beautiful book. Yes, I've read it and still think its beautiful. Why? Dolly, Levin, Kitty--some of my favorite characters of all times.

"I don't think anything, but I have always loved you, and if one loves anyone, one loves the whole person just as they are, and not one would like them to be." ~Dolly from Anna Karenina pg 556.

Anna Karenina is a beautiful, but misunderstood book. This book often scares people off because it's so long, as in 940 pages. Yeah I know, but it is so worth it. I  just love the ideas presented in and the love story. Even if I don't like Anna Karenina very much, I loved the novel and I did empathize with Anna in some moments and in some capacity.

Next, another absolutely misunderstood book, and once again it's Russian, Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. Yes, this novel is about murder and once again it is long. What is with those Russians and long books, huh? This one is shorter though, only around 700 pages.

Crime and Punishment is incredible because a) the crime is committed within the first hundred pages, b) there are some of the most intense investigator-criminal interactions in this novel, and c) it is a beautiful, albeit, unusual love story.

I absolutely love Sonia. One reason why, she is so pure (yes I know she is a prostitute, but she is so loving and caring). She is one of the few who gets Raskolnikov--no small feat.
He looked at Sonia and sensed how much her love was on him; strangely, it suddenly felt weary and painful to be loved like that--a strange and terrible sensation!

See beautiful quote right?

Alright, I'll move on from Russian Lit, and go to American Lit. Another one not nearly appreciated enough....and it's short The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. This book is one of the most feared books in college American Literature classes, but trust me it is beautiful. Only 228 pages. Short, right?

"To the untrue man, the whole universe is false--it's impalpable. It shrinks to nothing within his grasp. And he himself, for as he shows himself in a false light, becomes a shadow, or ceases to exist."

Hester Prynne, the infamous "A," is also one of my all-time favorite characters. Yes, she was and adulterer, but she atoned for her sin. She was an admirable character who more people should admire.

Well that's all for now. Sorry if I bored anybody, but I love good literature. And these are beautiful. I hope you liked this post.

Have any of you guys read these novels? What did you think of them? Do you have any desire to read them?

Did you like this post? Positive and negative comments welcome. I really do want to know what you think, even if you disagree with me.


Danica Page

P.S. Yes, I am an English major.


  1. I've been putting of reading Crime and Punishment since I got the free download for my eBook - may change my mind now thanks to you putting it on here :)

  2. Buzz B, that just made my day.

    It is a beautiful book. Just to warn you page 200-350ish is a litte dry, but then it picks up again. Just commit to reading it all the way through. You won't be disappointed...I hope.

    Tell me what you think when you are done!

  3. Hooray for English majors! One of my least favorite reads while getting my BA was Don Quijote. Ugh. I might step on some toes here, because hey it's a classic, but I felt like I was reading the same thing over and over and over again...

  4. Annie, english majors are definitely cool. I've never read Don Quijote. I watched the movie during high school, and that was enough for me.

    Gulliver's Travels was the one I couldn't get through, but I'm determined to do so.


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