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A Five Book Introduction

Five BooksJane Eyre // Charlotte Bronte. It was the first classic I feel in love with and still one of the books I relate to most. The idea of being poor, plain, obscure and little still resonates with me, in a literal sense in some way. I’m 5’2”, a librarian (not in it for the money!), and I maintain a somewhat obscure presence, online and in person (basically loads of attention makes me uncomfortable).

The Sisters Brothers // Patrick deWitt. This is one of the funniest books I have ever read and it is a good representation of my humor.

Far From the Madding Crowd // Thomas Hardy. I am a devoted Thomas Hardy fan (bleakness is my weakness) and once swore I would name my daughter (if I had one) after a character from The Return of the Native. Hint: I didn’t. But, as an adult, the novel that resonates most with me is Far From the Madding Crowd. I have a deep love for rural landscapes and, essentially, places without crowds. I’m independent and stubborn and tend to make at least one wrong decision before I make the right one. The recent movie version is also incredible.

Donnybrook // Frank Bill. One of my favorite grit lit novels – second only to The Devil All the Time – that combines my love of a good fight (kickboxing was the only class I took consistently every semester during college). It’s dirty, gritty, drug-fueled and crime-ridden; it’s quite simply a lot of fun. It also passes my cover snob test.

IT // Stephen King. Although Bag of Bones is my favorite of his novels, IT is the one that pulled me in. I read it too young, of course, and at that time I definitely would’ve been a member of the Losers Club. Sadly, it didn’t exist, but I didn’t have to fight Pennywise either, so it may be a win all around. If any of you have followed my blog even casually, it’s hard to miss my devotion to SK.

Today is day one of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, which I just signed up for (better late than never!), and today’s goal is to pick five books that describe yourself or your lifestyle. What books describe you?

BBAW*Book Blogger Appreciation week is hosted by The Estella Society – Andi at Estella’s Revenge, Heather at Capricious Reader, Ana at Things Mean a Lot, and Jenny at Reading the End. I’m hoping it will introduce me to new blogs and just be a fun event all around. This is as close to being social as I am getting at the moment, so keep it coming!

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  • Lory@Emerald City Book Review

    This is a good way to be social — it’s so much fun to see everyone’s lists! Yay for Jane Eyre, she is on mine too. I need to read Far from the Madding Crowd again, it’s been too long. Have a great BBAW!

    • Rory O’Connor

      You too! I feel like I’ve missed a lot because I’ve fallen into the too much day to day real world stuff going on, so this is a fun even for me.

  • Kay

    I love Stephen King and It is one of my favorites. I learned to love him when I was in college way, way back in time. LOL

    • Rory O’Connor

      I read IT when I was 12, I was way too young, but I fell in love.

  • BethFishReads

    Happy to see Jane Eyre and The Sisters Brothers — two favorites of mine.

    • Rory O’Connor

      I love finding fellow readers who love The Sisters Brothers.

  • Words for Worms

    “Bleakness is my weakness” is the Rory-est statement ever. Tess is the only Hardy I’ve read, and I liked it in spite of the bleakness (which I can find draining, depending.) Not at all surprised to see SK on your list, or Jane Eyre. Excellent work!

    • Rory O’Connor

      I can find too much at once draining, I find it adds (too much) to my already sometimes bleak outlook on life. So I do take breaks with happy things like Outlander and such.

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    • Rory O’Connor

      I think we met through one of those King alongs… The Shining? IT?

  • MW Gerard

    Oooh, our tastes overlap a fair amount! I loved THE SISTERS BROTHERS. I have Under Major Domo Minor but I haven’t read it yet. Happy BBAW!

    • Rory O’Connor

      I’m in the same boat, I have it, but have not read it yet.

  • mariahelena

    I’m not surprised to see any of these on your list 🙂

    • Rory O’Connor

      They must be a good representation then. 🙂

      • mariahelena

        Definitely 🙂

  • Christy

    I feel like I should read a Thomas Hardy though I’m not sure where I would start. Maybe Far from the Madding Crowd since it has the recent movie buzz.

    Love your grit lit recommendations!

  • Tea Time with Marce

    It is always great to find an author with similar sarcasm as yourself, how fun. Bag of Bones is my brothers favourite also, he loves SK.

  • Jenny @ Reading the End

    Yesssss! Anther Jane Eyre devotee! I love seeing these! And also, The Sisters Brothers really WAS funny — I was not expecting that at all, and it had a ton of funny moments. Did you read the author’s latest book? Was it any good?

  • ShelleyBookClutter

    I’m 5’2″ also. Yay for short people! I’ve been commenting on other posts talking about how I “love” this book or that book, but I LOVE, LOVE Far From the Madding Crowd. I was nervous about the movie but it was awesome.

  • Trish

    Love IT! It’s my favorite of his horror and since it was also one of my firsts, it’s been hard to hold a light to it since then. Bag of Bones sadly falls further down on my list (though not as low as The Shining!). Love that cover of Jane Eyre!

  • Alice

    I don’t think I could imagine one of these for you without Stephen King, although I’m not sure I was expecting IT.

  • Andi

    Jane! The Sisters Brothers! Such good choices!

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