Though nearly 200 years have passed since Jane Austen's final publication, the literary world continues to dote on her and the memorable characters she created. Today's writers retell Austen's stories in different ways. Some pick up a story where Austen finished, adding new events in the lives of her characters. Some tell her stories in a modern day setting. Other writers are more liberal with Austen's tales, adding racy love scenes or even zombies! If you have read all of Austen and find yourself craving more, fear not- there are many options!
November is National Novel Writing Month. Tens of thousands of writers will spend this month frantically pounding the keyboard attempting the impossible – complete a 50,000 word novel before the month ends. In honor of all those intrepid souls, I blogged a little fiction, only 1300 words or so. I hope you enjoy "A Tale From the Library".
Everyone has their preferred genre when it comes to reading books for fun. Fantasy, mystery, westerns, non-fiction – all are great choices. If you spend a lot of time at your local library, you’re bound to start to branch out of your comfort zone.
Even when I’m not working, I find myself at the library. In this particular case, I was hanging out with a friend and she was out of books. Instead of spending twenty to thirty dollars at the bookstore, we went to the library and checked out several.
Times are stressful and a little fantasy is a great way to escape from day to day pressures. Do you want to spice up your romance? Ever wanted to date a vampire and possibly live forever? These are two totally different subjects, but they follow along with my blog theme.
Who doesn’t want to lose themselves in a good novel? No one says that you must follow one path! Come on into your local branch and lose yourself in a fantasy novel or a self-help novel. Everyone could use some improvement. Either way, you win.
As a library staff member who works with teens and teen lit all the time, I find myself constantly extolling the value of YA books to adults, whether that’s to my coworkers needing something to display or to customers looking for something to read or even to my friends and family when I’m off the clock. But I realized this morning that I almost never do the reverse, and I’m a little bit ashamed of that.