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A Beheading

This modern short story by Mohsin Hamid is characterized by its smooth and concise format, as well as its use of foreshadowing. It follows the story of a man who finds himself a target of extremists because of his job as a journalist. It follows his thoughts and emotions as he wonders what will happen to himself and his family in his last moments. I felt like this story used sympathy in a very effective way that made the story come alive. If this seems like a story you would be interested in reading I have included a link to it below.

A Beheading

 

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For the Young at Heart…

In my opinion one of the most underrated forms of literature is children’s literature. I believe that just because a book is aimed at a younger audience does not necessarily mean that it cannot also be a fulfilling read for adults as well. Those books can be especially refreshing because after reading literature that have cynical or even dystopian themes, a well written children’s book can be a well needed source of optimism and hope. This is why I’ve decided to include links to just a few of my favorite  books from childhood below:

  1. A Whole Nother Story
  2. The Chronicles of Narnia
  3. The Prydain Chronicles
  4. A Wrinkle in Time
  5. The Hobbit
  6. Anne of Green Gables
  7. Junie B. Jones
  8. Chasing Vermeer
  9. Peter and the Star-catchers
  10. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

An Out of This World Recommendation

Are you a fan of Science Fiction, Adventure, or Comedy? If so, I have a book recommendation for you. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a great read that keeps you on your toes with excitement, suspense, and spot on humor. Strong one-liners are just one of the many strengths of this book, and its clear, concise language make it an easy read. For those who go through books quickly, another upside to this book is that it is part of a series, so there is not as much of a worry of getting through the book too fast. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is one of my favorite books, and I hope it can bring you as much enjoyment as it did for me!

An Absurd Recommendation

For those of you who don’t know, absurdism is a term used to describe certain types of literature. It is described as focusing “on the experiences of characters in situations where they cannot find any inherent purpose in life, most often represented by ultimately meaningless actions and events that call into question the certainty of existential concepts such as truth or value.” Though the genre does not appeal to everyone, it certainly does to many. One of my favorite works of absurdism is a play by Stoppard titled Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. As the name suggests, the play focuses on the two minor characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. What I find interesting about this piece is that it plays with complex themes while simultaneously weaving in a good helping of humor. If you have already read this play and would like to read similar content another recommendation for fans of absurdism include Waiting for Godot by  Samuel Beckett, or the short  The Philedelphia by David Ives.

A few poems…

Here are five poems by Robert Frost that I thought would fit well on this blog. Many know Robert Frost because of his poem “The Road Not Taken”, but here are just a few others worth listening to. Poems, in my opinion, are the best form of written word to be heard spoken out loud which is why I chose to include this video.