Books · WWW Wednesday

Rereading Jane Eyre, Uni Books & Weird Dystopia | WWW Wednesday 10/02/2021

Happy Wednesday!

This tag/meme is hosted on Taking on a World of Words. It’s a super simple meme, you just answered the three W questions.

The Three Ws are:

What have you recently finished?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently finished:

Ice by Anna Kavan

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So I had to read this for uni, it’s not something I’d ever heard of before nor knew anything about. WOW this book was weird. Possibly the weirdest book I’ve ever read. I had no idea what the hell was happening 90% of the time. I’ll be interested in the thoughts of my classmates and discussing it! There’s definitely a lot to pick apart.
It’s a dystopian novel, following a reallllly creepy dude, it’s just so odd.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (reread)

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Another book for uni. I have previously read this, around 3 years ago. It’s one of my favourite classics, so rereading it was fun! I’m excited to study it in the context of postcolonial theory.

Currently Reading:

The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

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Another uni book… All I do is read for uni lately…
I’ve previously read Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments). I’m excited to study her and see how this book compares to those. It’s a bit odd so far… another odd dystopian novel!

Reading Next:

Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer (audiobook)

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Finally, I am reading for fun!
I have this audiobook on loan from my library. I don’t have much time left, so I need to hurry up with this one! I love Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles, I’m excited to read a contemporary romance by her! I heard mixed things about this, hopefully, I’ll enjoy it!

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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This has been on my tbr for four years. I finally bought the box set and I’m going to start this series!


What are your last, current and next reads?

Books · Tag

The Classics Book Tag!

Hey guys!
I haven’t been posting as much since I’m pretty busy with uni work at the moment.
Here’s a quick tag post!

This tag was created by It’s a Book World. I saw it over on Louise (@ FoxesFairytale)’s blog and knew I had to do it!
Make sure to check out her post and the creators too!

1. An overhyped classic you really didn’t like:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Words cannot express my hatred of this book. After reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, I was super excited to read more from the Brontes. BOY. I had the worst time reading Wuthering Heights. It’s so boring. I’ll stick with Charlotte Bronte.


2. Favorite time period to read about
Either Regency or Victorian.
I love anything Austen, I love that setting. I do also love the Victorian era. I can’t pick one!


3. Favorite fairy-tale
Rapunzel!! (I need to read the original fairytale, so I’m not sure it counts? haha)

4. What is the most embarrassed classic you haven’t read yet
Ohh, good question. I have read a few of the ‘big’ ones… Maybe Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I love sci-fi yet I have never picked this book up.

5. Top 5 classics you would like to read (soon)

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wild
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

6. Favorite modern book/series based on a classic
I’m not sure I have one.

7. Favorite movie version/tv-series based on a classic

Pride and Prejudice (1995) aka Colin Firth as Mr Darcy version. The superior P&P adaptation!

Also really love the Bridget Jones’s Diary film, which is a modern take on P&P. Can you tell I love P&P?!

8. Worst classic to movie adaptation
I haven’t seen many bad ones.
One that comes to mind is Macbeth (2015). I couldn’t even finish it, I’m not a Shakespeare fan in general but some of the adaptations are okay. Not even Michael Fassbender could save this one!

9. Favorite edition(s) you’d like to collect more classics from
Penguin Vintage Classics! I have the Brontes in these and Pride and Prejudice, I need them all!
Also, Barnes and Noble clothbound… I don’t own any, yet. They’re stunning and I need all my faves in this edition!

10. An underhyped classic you’d recommend to everyone

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
I had to read this for uni, it was actually so much more enjoyable than I thought. It’s definitely something I would reread in the future.

I tag anyone who wants to do this!

What’s your favourite classic?

Books · TBR

Currently Reading/ April TBR

Hello everyone!
Thought I’d do a little reading update today, I don’t usually set tbrs but there are some books I really want to get to this month. Plus I thought I’d talk about what I’m currently reading etc…

Currently reading:

 Goddess of the Hunt by Shelby EileenGoddess of The Hunt eBook: Shelby Eileen: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle StoreThis is a poetry collection, I’ve seen it around Instagram and since I love Greek Myth I thought I’d give it ago. I’m not usually a poetry person but I’ve been wanting to try it more and read out of my comfort zone. So far, it’s okay, I’m not hugely in love with it but it’s an enjoyable read.


TBR

Knock Three Times by Cressida Cowell
The Wizards of Once: Knock Three Times Audiobook by Cressida ...

I have been waiting SO long for this to come into my library’s catalogue, I listened to the first two on audio and wanted to continue in the format.
The narrator is David Tennant. Need I say more?
He is INCREDIBLE. These books are so much fun, I cannot wait to finally listen to this!

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

The Kingdom: Amazon.co.uk: Rothenberg, Jess: 9781509899388: Books

Someone from twitter kindly sent me this from my Amazon wishlist back in December and I have been dying to read it ever since. I will finally be reading it this month!

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City): Amazon.co.uk: Maas ...
This is maybe… I really, really want to read this but I know it will take over my life and I have essays to write. I also want to enjoy it as much as possible and don’t want my essay stress to hinder my enjoyment. I hope to at least start this, this month.


Have you read any of these? Let me know your thoughts!

Books · Wrap-up

Reading Wrap Up | March 2020

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Hey guys!
Wasn’t March the longest month ever? I cannot get over how much it dragged. Feels like a year instead of a month.

 

 Firstly I read Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Mrs Dalloway (Penguin Modern Classics): Amazon.co.uk: Virginia ...

This was for a Modernist class, I don’t really have much to say about this. I read it for academic purposes, not pleasure. I will be writing about it in an essay, it’s pretty interesting to study. Woolf’s writing style is a drag though.


Next, I listened to an audiobook: Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown*

Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard ...(Gifted by Libro.fm)

This was not what I was expecting at all. It was an incredibly touching read.
It’s a memoir, based on the author’s life with a fantasy twist.
There’s a lot going on in this one, definitely check the trigger warnings (I put some in my review)

Rating: 4 Stars
Full review here!


Heartstopper Vol 1 by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper Vol 2 by Alice Oseman

Recap: 'Heartstopper' Vol 1 + 2 by Alice Oseman | The Nerd Daily
I definitely needed a light, fluffy read after Black Girl Unlimited and all the coronavirus stuff going on. This was perfect. It was adorable!!
I bought the first one on kindle since it was only 99p, I’d heard loads of good things so I thought why not!
The second one I used the app Tapas, which has it broken up into little episodes. (This is where it was originally published, I believe) It’s completely free to read there!

Rating: 5 Stars (for both)
Reviews coming soon!

How was March for you? Any new favourites?

Books · Wrap-up

Reading Wrap Up | November 2019 +Blogmas Annoucement!

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Hey guys!
I cannot believe November is over and we’re going into the final month of the year… Crazy how time flies!
I have been in a huge reading slump, so didn’t get much reading done, unfortunately.
I am hoping to do better in December. Luckily, I hit my Goodreads goal a while ago.

 

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The first book I finished was the audiobook of Crownbreaker by Sebastien de Castell.
This was such a great conclusion to an amazing series. I am so sad this is the last Spellslinger book but I am looking forward to reading more from Sebastien de Castell.

Rating: 4 Stars
Review here!

 


 

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Next, I finished Emma by Jane Austen. I read and listened to this for uni. I have to say, I didn’t really enjoy this one. It was too long and boring.

 

 

 


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Finally, after weeks of suffering,I finished Ivanhoe by Walter Scott. This is definitely something I would DNF if it wasn’t for uni. It was such a BORE. I can’t believe I even finished it, it was such a snoozefest!

 

 


Announcement!

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This year I’ll be participating in Blogmas! I’ve always wanted to do it but never have made the plunge so I’m finally going to do it this year. I won’t be doing daily posts, I’ll probably post every other day. I’m excited to post some Christmasy themed posts and post more in general!
Make sure you follow my blog and stick around! There’s plenty of posts coming soon 🙂

Are you doing Blogmas?


 

Books · Wrap-up

November Wrap Up!

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The first book I finished in November was Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas.

Rating: 5 Stars
Spoiler-free Review here! | Discussion here!

 

 

 


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Less exciting, the next book I finish was: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
This was required reading for me, if it hadn’t have been on my course I would’ve DNF’d it.
This was probably the most boring book I’ve ever read.

I don’t usually give a rating for required reads but I am for this:
Rating: 1 Star.
DO NOT recommend. So bad.

 


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After finishing KoA I literally couldn’t stop thinking about it, I couldn’t pick up another book. After finishing Huckleberry Finn for class, I was well and truly in a slump.
So… I decided to reread A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. 

Rating: 4 Stars
Reread review coming soon!

 

 


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Another required read for uni, Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. This started out slow and I didn’t think I was going to like it but I ended up really enjoying it!

Rating: 3.75 Stars

 

 

 

 


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And of course, I had to read A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. After reading ACOTAR, I just had to continue on to this amazing book.

Rating: 5 Stars
Reread review coming soon!

 

 


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Finally, the last book I finished in November was A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas.
Obviously, I had to continue my reread of ACOTAR, I loved this even more than last time!

Rating: 4 Stars

 

 


DNF’d Books:
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Thought I’d also mention a book I started to read in this month but didn’t finish and won’t be finishing: Wise Children by Angela Carter – This was required reading for class but I seriously couldn’t get through it. I read about half but it was seriously boring and I couldn’t get into it at all.

 


November Blog Posts:
October Wrap Up!
Reread Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas
Largest Books on My TBR | Top 5 Wednesday
Review: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas| Aka me screaming/gushing (Spoiler free)
Books I Want To Read Before 2019 | Top 5 Wednesday
Review: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Characters I’d Want at Friendsgiving!| Top 5 Wednesday
Things I LOVED About Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas | Discussion
5 Reasons You Should Read Villains by V.E. Schwab!

 


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Books · Top 5 Wednesday

Classics I Wish Had Modern Adaptations | Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This weeks topic is; Classics I Wish Had Modern Adaptations

This was a bit of a tricky subject for me! It took me a while to think of some to include, I am not the biggest classic reader and tend to dislike the ones I have read.

1) 1984 by George Orwell
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Not going to lie, I didn’t like 1984 at all. The themes and the underlying message are important but Orwell’s writing is an actual snoozefest. SO BORING. I will never reread 1984, I only read it for college and I didn’t expect to be so dull. I think the story would work so much better in a film, I know there is an older film but it would be nice to see a modern take on it.


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Obviously, there is a modern adaptation of Narnia, however, there is only 3. Unpopular opinion: I love the Narnia films. I wish they’d continued to make them. I want more! Would definitely love to see more modern stories of it!


3) Jane Eyre
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Okay, so I absolutely love the 2011 adaptation with Michael Fassbender as Mr Rochester (swoon), but they did cut out a lot of the book. I think it would’ve worked even better as a mini-series like the BBC did with Pride and Prejudice (1995).


4) The Secret Garden
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I haven’t read this, yet but I plan to. I absolutely adored the 1993 film as a kid, it was one of my favourites I would rewatch over and over. I would love to see a modern remake of it, they seem to be remaking every classic at the moment, so why not The Secret Garden!?

 


5) His Dark Materials
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This is more of a modern classic but it is one of my favourites. The 2007 film The Golden Compass is the worst adaptation, it does the books no justice at all. Thankfully, my wish has been granted and the BBC are making a TV show. I am praying it goes right this time and does the amazing books justice!


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Books · Review

Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Synopsis:
When Elizabeth Bennet meets Mr. Darcy she is repelled by his overbearing pride, and prejudice towards her family. But the Bennet girls are in need of financial security in the shape of husbands, so when Darcy’s friend, the affable Mr. Bingley, forms an attachment to Jane, Darcy becomes increasingly hard to avoid. Polite society will be turned upside down in this witty drama of friendship, rivalry, and love—Jane Austen’s classic romance novel.


Plot:
I think everyone knows the plot of Pride and Prejudice by now! Going in I knew it was going to be a romance, obviously, however, I definitely thought the plot would be more centred around Elizabeth and Mr Darcy.

The first half of the book was so boring, it took me a week to read the first 200 pages! I then switched to reading on my kindle, (as I read much faster on there) and I managed to knock out the last 240 pages in a day?! I always have found classics to be super slow reads for me, the writing style isn’t something I can fly through.
The second half was much more enjoyable but I still hated all the side plots and the younger Bennet sister’s stories, I didn’t care for them and had no interest in their escapades.

Basically, I find it pretty damn boring. I only cared for Elizabeth and Mr Darcy (Jane wasn’t too bad) and am overall pretty disappointed. However, I am glad to cross another classic off my TBR pile.

Characters:
Elizabeth:
  I did enjoy Elizabeth as a character, I just wish the book focused solely on her instead. I like the fact she was headstrong and honest with everyone, she was definitely a feminist icon! (Especially for her time!)

Mr Darcy: Bless him, he’s quite useless with women isn’t he? I found him quite endearing, regardless.

Mrs Bennet: Quite possibly the most annoying character ever. Dear god, all I wanted was for this woman to shut up!

Rating: 2.5-3 Stars

I did immediately start watching the BBC adaptation after finishing the book, which I enjoyed significantly more! I’ll write a post on my thoughts soon!


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