Blog Tour: Reading Through Time
Hey, Nerdy Peeps! I am bringing you not one, but two reviews! Welcome to the Reading Through Time blog tour started by Julie over at The Bookworm! I am bringing one of my all time favorites from the Roaring Twenties and a new favorite for the modern-day. So, let’s travel back in time and check out my favorite from the 20’s.
The Roaring Twenties
The Sun Also Rises By Ernest Hemingway
Book Blurb: The quintessential novel of the Lost Generation, The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway’s masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful writing style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway’s most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. The story follows the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates. It is an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions. First published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises helped to establish Hemingway as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. (Goodreads)
I read this book in my American Lit class, for my sophomore year of college, and to be honest, I thought I would hate it. Boy, was I wrong! I ended up loving this book and I also fell in love with Hemingway! His writing style was so easy and fun to read. You get to travel with this Lost Generation and see the world through their eyes. Hemingway does a great job of showing Jake’s feelings and what he’s going through and it just grabs your attention and sucks you in. Also, the way he portrays the bullfighting in Spain will capture your heart and make you want to read so much more.
Favorite Quotes From The Sun Also Rises
“Going to another country doesn’t make any difference. I’ve tried all that. You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another. There’s nothing to that.”
“Isn’t it pretty to think so.”
“The road to hell is paved with unbought stuffed animals”
Perks of Being a Wallflower
Book Blurb: The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “Wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
This book was well, exactly what I needed to get out of my reading slump. I finished this book in two days and I loved it. When I saw this book a while back, I had no intention of picking it up. Then I did, and I never put it down. This isn’t a book you just read, it makes you feel exactly what Charlie is going through and you feel like you’re him. Stephen Chbosky pulls you into all of Charlie’s emotions and inner battles, that you can’t help but feel like you are living through the book. Also, the mental health struggles Charlie faces are so real and can easily be so relatable for anyone struggling through their own mental health battles. You also learn that life is worth living and with the right perspective you can feel infinite.
I also have a Spotlight Sunday post for this book that you can find here!
Favorite quotes from Perks of Being a Wallflower
“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”
“It’s strange because sometimes, I read a book, and I think I am the people in the book.”
“He’s a wallflower. You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand.”
Reading Through Time!
These two books might have been complete opposites but they are such great reads! Thanks for traveling through time with me as we explored the Roaring Twenties and Modern Day!
What books would you read based on the Roaring Twenties or Modern Day? I’d love to read your suggestions!