Book (Inspired by Gwen Bell): What was your favorite book this year? Why?
I’m between The Old Man and the Sea and The Garden of Eden, both written by Ernest Hemingway. On the one hand, I enjoyed following the adventure of Santiago, the elderly fisherman, and his marlin. This book won awards for incredibly good reasons. On the other hand, The Garden of Eden was the sort of novel I wouldn’t ordinarily read. Any other author would have written something tawdry and vulgar given the plot of this story. Hemingway, however, beautifully mastered the art of weaving a love triangle in a suspenseful way that kept me reading just to find out how everything played out.
What books did you read? (Written by Kaileen Elise)
I read three Hemingway books: The Old Man and the Sea, The Garden of Eden, and The Sun Also Rises. I also began reading Ashley Ambirge‘s You Don’t Need A Job, You Need Guts. Of course, I realize this seems pathetic given the fact that I’m an English nerd, but I typically find myself reading articles and posts. I also tend to prefer writing as I’d like to practice my craft. I went through three notebooks this year and countless colored pens. There’s something very satisfying about filling pages with colorful ink.