Welcome to Triple Choice Tuesday. This is where I ask some of my favourite bloggers, writers and readers to share the names of three books that mean a lot to them. The idea is that it might raise the profile of certain books and introduce you to new titles, new authors and new bloggers.
Today’s guest is Yvann from the blog Reading, fuelled by tea.
Yvann, who is Australian, lives in London with her husband and her cousin (“who seems to have moved into the spare room permanently”).
She started blogging in 2009 to record her pre-wedding diet of classic literature rather than calorie limitations, but it has now become a daily escape from the corporate accounting world in which she works. Yvann says that she specialises in cramming ever more books into her one six-foot bookcase!
Without further ado, here’s Yvann’s Triple Choice Tuesday selections:
A favorite book: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
I am glad this category is worded in such a way permits a plethora of favourite books! Bel Canto touches on two subjects very close to my heart — opera and translation. Patchett manages to convey what I have never managed to describe adequately — the incredible power that a beautiful soaring voice can have, the ability of music to repair the heart and soul. Not only does she achieve that, she also muses on the translator as a tool, everybody’s mouthpiece but his own; the beauty of languages and how empowering it is to float between them at will.
A book that changed my world: Anne’s House of Dreams by Lucy Maud Montgomery
I was about eleven when I finally succumbed to Anne of Green Gables. This is the fifth book in the series, the one in which Anne marries, moves away from Avonlea permanently, and the first in which she could be called a woman, rather than a girl. It was the first book to show me that sometimes bad things happen to good people — not someone old dying at the end of a full life, or a villain coming to a sticky ending, but heart-breaking tragedy in the life of someone who doesn’t deserve it. Now that I have my own “Flat of Dreams”, I am intending to re-read this regularly.
A book that deserves a wider audience: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
Everyone reads Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, and most people love one or the other (for me, Jane is better, but Emily’s writing is still pretty amazing) — but no one seems to read Anne Brontë’s novels. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall has been described as one of the first feminist novels, but that’s only part of why I love it. Anne writes with an ease and lack of pretension that both her sisters lack, and the titular tenant’s struggle between being a good wife and being true to herself is something that resonates today (although thankfully her situation is rare).
Thanks, Yvann, for taking part in my Triple Choice Tuesday!
I read Bel Canto many years ago (my review is here) and think I am probably the only person in the universe who didn’t like it! But I did love the Anne of Green Gables series, which I read in my childhood and remember loving, although I cannot recall any of the detail. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall has been promptly added to my wishlist; I read Charlotte’s Jane Eyre earlier this year and adored it.
What do you think of Yvann’s choices? Have you read any of these books?
12 thoughts on “Triple Choice Tuesday: Reading Fuelled By Tea”
I’ve read all of them and am a fan of all three writers. Of the Anne of Green Gables books I think the first one is still my favourite because of all the hope it encapsulates. Great choices!
Great choices Yvann! I read all of them, too! (unusual, as I normally have read none or only one of the selections)
My Classics Reading Group recently read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and we all agreed that it doesn’t get enough attention and that it might actually be better than any of the other Bronte novels. I liked Bel Canto, but the real love is the Anne of Green Gables series. I have read and re-read them all many times (might be time for another re-read). Someone gave me a box set for one Birthday and I’m saving it for my daughter.
I didn’t like Bel Canto either Kim! 🙂 I loved Wildfell Hall (Anne’s by far my favourite Bronte) and all of the Anne books.
Really? You didn’t like Bel Canto?? I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like it. Maybe we should create a secret club 😉
I’ve long argued that if Anne had been an only child her book would be getting much more attention. It’s a darned good book. It’s not as good as Charlotte or Emily’s, but it’s still darned good.
I think all three books today are excellent choices.
Sakura, Kinga and CBJames, I’m flattered!
Eva and Kim – The Resident Cousin was underwhelmed by Bel Canto and we agreed to disagree because I am so emotionally involved in both opera and language and she is not. But I think if you want to form a secret club I can send you a third member!
Anyone want to form an Anne Bronte Appreciation Society with me?
I have never thought to read The Tennant but this has swayed me. I haven’t read Bel Canto but I read her next, Run and was underwhelmed. But I am currently readeing Patchett’s State of Wonder and it is quite (or even close to very) good – I will let you know when I have finished it.
I will, I will!! 🙂
I haven’t read Bel Canto but I do have it on my shelf and when my book club read it (I wasn’t there) it got the thumbs up. Wildfell Hall is an amazing book. Charlotte Bronte is still my favourite sister (not just Jane Eyre but Villette too) but Anne is woefully overlooked. I remember being staggered at how before her time she was (and how brave to write what she did).
Me, me, me!
Snap – I felt exactly the same way about Anne’s House of Dreams when I read it at about the same age – beautifully summed up Yvann.
I have been told time and time again to read Bel Canto… I just don’t fancy it, so its one I have on the TBR but am not really that fussed about. Hmmmm.
I must read Tenant of Wildfell Hall, in fact I might did that out. Thanks Yvann.
(I think I have become one of those members of the family who accidentally perminantly moves in for my aunty – oops!)