I’ve been wanting to write a book review blog for a while now, but have been feasting my fantasy-loving heart on a series that seemed a bit un-fit to be reviewed in a forum lacking all caps or asterisks for emphasis. I hope to be taken seriously and therefore will avoid any review that could possibly involve the term “squeeeeeeeeeeeee!” But, after five consecutive books I have devoured in a day or two’s time, I find myself wondering what’s so wrong with my light-hearted pick, which weaves romance and Irish folklore and quite honestly gives my brain a breather?
As much as I would love to be able to read Dickens and Tolstoy back to back, I just can’t. I have to have a filler between the two, a breath, a pause, a moment for breezy paragraphs I can whip through, books I can finish in a day. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Elizabeth Gaskell, some E.M. Forster, some David Mitchell, but sometimes I gravitate towards a breeze read.
In the literary community we often lament the rise of Twilight and point to its mediocre writing as a sign that the literary world is ending, but I cannot help but think that I we should at least celebrate the fact that millions more people are well, reading. Maybe Twi-hards will pick up Wuthering Heights in emulation of their heroine, Bella, or maybe they will reach for Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire or Bram Stoker’s Dracula in their search for vampiric lore. So, maybe, just maybe we should give light reading a break, or at the very least use it as an opportunity to initiate more members into the lit loving community.
As a sign of good faith, I will (with only mild shame) share with you my current breezy addiction. Meet my most recent guilty pleasure: The Sevenwaters Series by Juliet Marillier. What’s yours?
Caryn Wille moved to Minneapolis from Chicago to explore the world of publishing and graphic design. Caryn is a member of the Paper Darts staff helping with graphic design and marketing. Check out her website at www.carynwilledesigns.com