Today I’m doing Follow Friday blog-style with a look at one of my favourite fellow bloggers, Sasha from Sasha & The Silverfish. She lives in the Philippines and is wise beyond her 20 (I know!) years.
She writes about everything from classics to literary fiction to erotic fiction (and she’s not afraid to admit it!), and is also a devoted short story reader (check out her review of My Mistress’s Sparrow is Dead: Great Love Stories from Chekhov to Munro).
Her frank, devil-may-care ‘tude makes her a must-blog-read for me: I first came upon her site because of this post on how reading Nick Hornby’s Housekeeping Vs. The Dirt reinvigorated her love of reading. She admits that she and Hornby don’t always share the same reading tastes, but she thoroughly enjoys his wit and pure enthusiasm. In turn, I thoroughly enjoyed this little gem of hers from the same post:
I love people who love their books, and aren’t snooty about it. No, I have never read Tolstoy—who was it that said just summoning his name invokes a deep fatigue?—but I have sworn to read Jane Austen because I want to back up my lifelong motto, Rochester Over Darcy Bitchez (there are currently four people in this club, and yes, my mother counts).
This post led me to discover that we also share a philosophy on book blogging – not wanting to necessarily present ourselves as authorities on what other people should or shouldn’t read, but instead, reflect on our reading experiences, and when applicable, say (in her words), “Goodness, my friend, read this, it’s awesomesauce!” (a phrase I was later reintroduced to when she wrote about Lionel Shriver’s The Post-Birthday World). Also, like me, she enjoys a good, over-priced, “Little Red Moley.”
In the spirit of my Desert Island/Zombie Apocalypse obsession, here are her top 5 D.I.Z.A. picks:
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte.
But for the Lovers, by Wilfrido Nolledo
The Collected Stories of Richard Yates
The Collected Stories of Carol Shields
The Collected Stories of Raymond Carver
And in case you’re wondering, yes, choosing collected stories IS cheating.
And that snazzy illustration up there? By her BF Pancho C. Villanueva and currently serving as her desktop wallpaper.