Seasons and Literature

20131114-143827.jpgGrowing up on the West coast, I felt pretty lucky being raised under sunny skies. My wardrobe never really changed and neither did the excuse to wear Uggs on a cold night, regardless of the season. Now that I’m on the East coast, I’m soaking up this season. I love the awareness of seasonal vegetables and fruits, the colorful leaves, finding a pocket of sunshine on a cold walk, warm frothy teas and Christmas lights. Well, those never go out of season for me. I usually keep white stringed lights up year-around, but we haven’t gotten around to getting some until now. Everything is so cozy. My Uggs were destroyed during a basement flood, and come to think of it, no one really wears them around here. Oh Cali, you have a way of making Uggs and cut-off shorts make sense but DC, you’re too serious for those cotton balls of a shoe! 20131114-143748.jpgThese days, I find myself wanting to find a spot on the couch with a blanket and just read. Over the years, I’ve been reading newer novels. My husband recently brought Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf home from the library, and it brought me back to my college days when I studied American Literature and really delved into analyzing characters. I came to realize that I really miss reading classic literature. There seems to be more of a deeper focus on detail in the classics. Characters are developed in a way that the reader feels a part of them. There is also something pretty dreamy about imagining scenes playing out during a place in time that I have never experienced. I’m not saying that current books do not enchant their readers, but I find myself using my imagination more with older literature. Do you? I think I’m going to make an effort to return to the classics that I never read, not only American literature. 20131114-143756.jpgWho are some of your favorite classic authors or books?


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One Response to Seasons and Literature

  1. Hilary says:

    Charles Dickens is wonderful! I had ZERO appreciation for him when I had to read A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations in high school, but finally grew up and realized he was awesome. :) Bleak House is one of my favorite pieces of literature ever. And A Tale of Two Cities is very, very good.

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