Literature and Realism

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.

— C. S. Lewis

Somehow my brain connected the idea in this quote to the recent obsession with 3D movies. 3D movies and HDTV and such are obsessed with giving us the clearest picture, the absolute most detail in every single frame. But I usually enjoy the more traditional (almost old-fashioned at this point) 2D. It’s warmer and fuzzier, with more of a fantastical feel than a THIS IS SO REAL IT LOOKS LIKE A DOCUMENTARY sort of feeling.

I feel the same way about the books that I enjoy and get the most out of. It doesn’t need to reflect reality perfectly, it doesn’t have to be completely believable at all times. If it describes something that I have experienced in real life, that’s great, that’s fascinating. But there has to be something more. I can get real life while I’m in real life; literature, real, good literature, “enriches,” adds significance or meaning, expands, what we see  so that we perceive it in a completely different or much more expansive way.


2013 YA/MG Debut Challenge

MainDACButtonI am once again participating in the Young Adult/Middle Grade Debut Author Challenge! Sign-ups, rules and such are here.

I hereby pledge to read and review 12 YA/MG 2013 debuts for this challenge.



My tentative list (Title/Author/Release Date):

Prophecy by Ellen Oh (January 2nd)

The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell (January 10th)

Touch of Death by Kelly Hashway (January 15th)

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd (January 29th)

City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster (February 5th)

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett (March 5th)

MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza (March 12th)

Taken by Erin Bowman (April 16th)

Transparent by Natalie Whipple (May 21st)

Welcome to Bahnreads!


This is my new blog. You may know me from I Am Therefore I Write or my Twitter, where I talk about books a lot. I decided to move to WordPress, but this blog will be very similar to my Blogspot. I will post reviews, especially the YA Debut Challenge (which I love deeply).

I also have been plotting to expand my blogginess, so hopefully it will have some new jolly differences as well. I may post quotes or passages from a book I am reading (or an old favorite), reviews of books (besides the YA debuts), reviews of comic or manga series, rants on storytelling (structure, world-building, whatever tickles my fancy), nerdy discussions of words/language/semantics, or my take on book trends that I notice.

That’s the plan, anyway. We will see if 2013 is totally great and productive or if I fail in an epic and hilarious fashion.

I will close with a relevant quote from The Hobbit, which I have been rereading lately:

“Go back?” he thought. “No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!” So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter.