Hello, to those loyal readers who might still follow this journal...
I know it's been a long time since I updated (a very, very long time). But only recently have I been able to read for leisure that which wasn't Harry Potter. :)
So, I've decided to start writing in this journal again, to keep up with what I've been reading, so anyone who stumbles across it might take an interest in what I've been reading, and might get some sort of recommendation out of it.
Anyways, I've just finished reading The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawhtorne. I decided it was time that I read some of the classic works that have left an indelible mark on the world of literature (along with any reading of modern literature I might do).
I found this book to be, in one word, magnificent. You can really feel the emotions, and the struggles of the characters between passion and guilt. This book was both beautiful and sad, and the last few chapters were among the most moving passages I have ever read.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read.
I'll close this entry with what is perhaps my favorite passage from the book:
"It is a curious subject of observation and inquiry, whether hatred and love be not the same thing at bottom. Each in its utmost development, supposes a high degree of intimacy and heard-knowledge; each renders one individual dependent for the food of his affections and spiritual life upon another; each forlorn and desolate by the withdrawal of his object. Philospically considered, therefore, the two passions seem essenially the same, exept that one happens to be seen in a celestial radiance, and the other in a dusky and lurid glow."