Books

Calendar Girls July: Favorite Book OTP!

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I’ve wanted to participate in Calendar Girls for a while now. It’s a monthly event run by Katie at Never Not Reading and Adrienne at Darque Dreamer Reads in which you post your favorite choice for the specific topic.

My problem is that I am so bad at picking just one anything when it comes to books! But I  narrowed it down for a Favorite Book OTP. Though I’m totally giving runners-up 🙂

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Books, Movies

Secret Reading Habits: Guardians of the Galaxy Edition

Guardians of the Galaxy

So I’ve been going through The Avengers basically giving them favorite books they wouldn’t want anyone to know they read book playlists in a a way and the Guardians of the Galaxy- about to appear in Infinity War seemed the next route to take.

Below my choices for what the Guardians (and some not entirely Guardians) would read in their spare time. The ones they wouldn’t want people to necessarily know about…

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Books

Worlds of Ink and Shadow

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Worlds of Ink and Shadow

Author: Lena Coakley

Genre: Historical/Fantasy

Grade: A-

Worlds of Ink and Shadow was the Owlcrate January Book of the month and I was very happy to receive it. It’s a fantasy story about four of the Bronte siblings; Charlotte, Emily, Anne and their brother Branwell. Charlotte and Branwell have a gift. They are able to cross over into their stories and bring them alive.

They’ve created a world of perfect and doomed heroines and charming dashing rogues. It’s been a while since I’ve read the Bronte books but even I could still see the basis for their novels in these stories. Emily is jealous, jealous, jealous but the real story is what happens when they try to stop crossing over and the price they pay for freedom.

I really enjoyed this one. It wraps up not just their writing, but real and devastating events in the siblings lives, their family, a little bit of myth and history of the Moors and their actual writing. I also liked how the author dealt with Charlotte’s interior discoveries of certain aspects of her writing and how that affected her as well. Strange to say but I could actual see something like this actually happening to the Bronte siblings. I also enjoyed the rather mad unwinding of the other world for most of the book.

At a certain point though its the other world that sort of spins everything out of control in both places and the fake world definitely starts to get a little too crazy for me. I also found Emily and her “romance” a hard to relate to. She definitely rang the spoiled and destructive sibling bell and while you definitely see what (and who) the romance is alluding to I didn’t think it was necessary.

Recommend: Yes. It’s a good little stand alone book but you’ll probably take more away from it if you like the Bronte siblings and are familiar with their writing.

Books, Other

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Classics

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Freebie: My Favorite Classics

 Top Ten Tuesdays is a freebie week this week and I’ve been looking to get back into reading classics. Truth be told I’ve never had a particular easy time with them. Partly because I never like having things that I “have to” read and partly because of school through the years.

 So I used this as a little memory refresher of the ones I loved and the ones that have stayed with me:

Lord of the Rings

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The ultimate fantasy. The ultimate story of good vs. evil. I actually didn’t read this one in class but on my own and before the movies came out. The first thing I knew about it was my mother had a fear of hobbits growing up because her mother had forced her to read it. I loved it anyway! I think Aragorn might be my first fantasy husband.

Wuthering Heights

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This one actually was a school read but was helped along considerably by a wonderfully cheesy early 90’s movie version with Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche. (And really if you’re going to have anyone play those infamous characters those are pretty top-notch casting choices.)

This is one that I want to read again to see if I still love it now that I’m older and more cynical.

Alice in Wonderland

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Ah, the book that had me convinced of other worlds and door ways to wild, wonderful and (as I got older and learned more about it) somewhat creepy adventures. If I’m ever lucky enough to publish my own writing one day there’s a lot of threads that are influenced by this story. I recognize that already.

My two favorites however :

A Tale of Two Cities

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We read this junior year in Honors English and I actually was excited to read this one. I couldn’t understand the love for the book and no one was really “getting it” but my mother kept saying, “Keep reading. Keep reading. It will all make sense in the end.”

And then I read that last page and it really did all fall into place and it clarified the rest of the book for me. (And other people in the class.)

It was really a case of everyone going, “Now we get it!”

Crime and Punishment

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In my high school there were multiple Honor English courses for the first three years and then 2 Senior AP courses. Literally, this was the book that weeded out the students. People dropped like flies just at the idea of having to read Crime and Punishment.

It was strangely the only book the teacher that year actually seemed to enjoy teaching so I wound up having a really great experience with it. We put Raskolnikov on trial and I played Sonia, his girlfriend. It was perhaps the most I participated in four years of school. I was so proud I read it and aced it that I have always had a particular love for the story.

It’s funny how with the classics, especially the experiences around reading them, color my love (or dislike for them.) Hopefully, I knock a few off my list to read this year.