Saturday, October 29, 2011

Book Review: Rosemary's Baby

 Last week, during my trip to New York to visit the S&S offices in the US, I had one night to myself to do whatever I pleased.  It was a Wednesday, pouring rain and cold.  The lights, the downpour, the constant buzz of Times Square put me in a serious book mood.  I wandered twenty blocks, ducking or raising my umbrella high into the air to avoid smacking it into people's heads as they whizzed by, eager to get out of the rain.  I was quite happy to be in it!  After a stop for a latte and some chocolate covered gram crackers, I found my way into Barnes & Noble.  In the mood for something Halloween-esque, I searched for Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby, which I had read about in my friend Natalie's blog, Browsing Bookshelves.

Ira Levin's story scared the living daylights out of people in the sixties upon its publication.  It centers around Rosemary Woodhouse, the wife of an aspiring actor, desperate to have a child and to find the perfect apartment.  She immediately falls in love with the Bramford, an old building with some seriously scary history.  Previous home of two sisters, who ate children and of Adrian Marcato, known to have practiced witchcraft and summoned Satan.

When Rosemary's husband Guy gets a great part under suspicious circumstances, Rosemary's neighbours, The Castevets begin taking care of her.  Their close eye on her seems sweet at first, but when Rosemary begins putting two and two together, their motives become increasingly questionable.

This small snippet of background gives absolutely no scope to the creepiness which exists in these pages.  I could not put it down and was so entranced by the way Levin let the story unfold.  Scenes made my jaw drop, chilled me and made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.  The only time I wavered in the book was the last few pages where I wished the conclusion of the story could have been elaborated, but it took nothing away from the tale.  This was one of those instances where you read the right book at the right moment.  Halloween is in the air and this creepy novel was the perfect accompaniment to the eerie atmosphere.

A History of Blogging

Blogging has become one of the most independent ways to express yourself, and I have been a fan of it for years now.  It would truly benefit me to stick to one blog, BUT there is a story behind it all!

I began blogging in 2008, when I moved to Montreal for school.  Being extremely close to my parents, it was hard for them to see my world through any other windows than the ones I provided with phone calls.  Always being supporters of writing, I decided the best way for them to see my everyday life was through my random blog entries.  This idea became my first blog, which still exists though is no longer updated, Bright Lights, Big City.

While still in Montreal, I began following many people in the book blogging community.  I loved the way they talked so passionately about books that I also adored.  Books became my main focus and I blogged about what I was reading, what I hoped to read and any other book news I wanted to share.  I still interspersed my own personal ramblings into my blog -- keeping it as unique as I could.

In May of last year, I started the Humber College Creative Book Publishing Program and was given the task to start up a blog of some sort.  With all the tools available to me, I began Chelly Books.  Chelly was a nickname given to me by my boyfriends cousin the day she met me.  It has stuck for years and with five minutes to come up with a blog title, this was it!  Chelly Books became a more mature and regulated blog, one I felt held more of my personality in both layout and text.  Until my internship with Simon & Schuster began. 

Chelly Books also still exists, but not for much longer.  So many different aspects went into making this blog (domain names, servers, analytics) that I am not fully aware of how to maintain.  In less than a year, my server subscription with my old professor will run out and sadly, I cannot afford the $99/yr asking price for up keeping the server.  Instead, I poured all of my book loving passion into my posts with S&S's blogs, YA Simon and Simon Reads.  Now, moving into the Sales side of my internship, my friend at S&S Meghan will be blogging for Simon Reads and I will continue with my blabbing about the YA I love so much on YA Simon!

Now, halfway through my internship and surrounded in a mountain of fantastic books, I have begun to miss writing!  This blog, though not finalized, will be my new outlet for it.  If you have been a follower of either Bright Lights, Big City or Chelly Books, I apologize for all the moving.  If you are a new reader, thank you for stopping by!