Book Review ~ The Scarlet Letter ~ By: Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter 5 Stars

   Something about me feels as though I really shouldn’t like this book, due to the premise of it and all. But it was much better than I though. A story of a crime of passion, agonizing regret, and attempts to make up for one’s misdeeds.  Continue reading

Classics Club Book Review: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – By Robert Louis Stevenson

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 4 Stars

     Well that was odd. 
     When you start reading a Classic, any Classic, you have to remember that it won’t be written like the books of today. I don’t just mean that the wording will be more difficult, or even the sentence structure, I mean the viewpoint that the story is told from. I had expected this to be told from the point of view of the protagonist, Dr. Jekyll. Instead, it was told from the viewpoint of one of his friends, Mr. Utterson. I liked how it was told that way, you were able to see the other characters’ reactions to Dr. Jekyll’s strange behavior, and the curiosity to what may have caused it. Continue reading

Review of Freckles ~ By Gene Stratton Porter

    

FrecklesRating: 5 Stars


      I loved this book. The characters were all incredibly likable, and I think Freckles has made my list of favorite fictional characters. It was a calm read, but the plot didn’t slow and my attention was kept the entire time I was reading it. 
 
      Freckles (the character) made me laugh. A lot. I was laughing out loud for a good chunk of the book. Of course, other characters, not to mention scenes, were funny, but Freckles has the most.  Continue reading

Book Review of ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ By Norton Juster

The Phantom Tollbooth

This was an exceedingly clever book.
Milo is a boy who finds joy in nothing, who is bored with everything, and Continue reading

Review ‘The Inheritance’ By Louisa May Alcott

This is Louisa May Alcott’s first novel, written at the age of seventeen. Among the short stories, plays and poems she wrote in her teens, she apparently also succeeded in a entire book. I haven’t read Little Women, as unfortunate as that sounds, though I do have a copy of the book. I tend to pick up shorter stories to read first, which is why this was read first. Continue reading

Austen in August?

      I have joined Austen in August! This month, I will be reading as many Jane Austen books as possible. Biographies, Audiobooks, Juvenilia, , and contemporary versions or sequels also count.
      I will be trying to post many Jane Austen related things as well as reviews of the books. I have found seven books on my shelves that I can read for this event, though I doubt I can finish them all. If you want to sign up for this event you can, even though it is a bit late, here is the link to the event’s host: austen-in-august-2013-sign-up-post
     Here we go!

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Free Audiobooks, Classic and YA!

      Today, I discovered (through another blogger), a fantastic website offering free e-books all summer long! This website offers a Classic book and a YA book each week.
 
 Here is a link to the list of this years books:
 

 
 
      The books are delivered to you through Overdrive Media Console. To be able to read books in the app, you must have an Adobe account. Overdrive is compatible with many things, including IPod/IPhone, Kindle, Mac, Windows, Android and more.  The Overdrive website has some ‘How To’ videos, and the app has a help section, which were helping me quite a bit. Have fun with summer listening!
 

 


The Classics Club Book Review: The Lifted Veil ~ George Eliot

This was the first book I’ve read by George Eliot, and I noticed that many people say that it wasn’t the type of book that she normally wrote. I look forward to reading more George Eliot so as to do a comparison with this book.
      This is about a clairvoyant man who has a vision of a woman, who he later discovers is his brother’s fiancé.
      this book is written as if this man was writing the story of his life and you are reading it at a later date.
      It tells about his life and his various visions, and how he struggles with them. He begins to believe that his brother’s fiancé loves him more than his brother, but a later vision shows him that this is not true.
      There are multiple times that the narrator says that he is skipping to a later date, when key events happen, and this reinforces that it is being told to you as if you were in the same room as the main protagonist.
      The title, ‘The Lifted Veil’, refers to the ‘veil’ of the future, and how this man can see through it, as though it were lifted. The story is really only