2019: Week 10 Reading Roundup

Sunday March 3 – Saturday March 9

(AKA the week my baby brother got into college!!!! :D) 

FINISHED READING: 5! (yeah, I’m kind of surprised by that number as well haha)

Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare

​UGGGH! *bangs head against wall* That’s it. That’s my review. [3*]

Dumplin’ (#1) by Julie Murphy

​Whoo!! Yes!! My Bookish Giveaway win came through!! Because let me tell you, Willowdean is my homegirl! Loved her humor. Loved her sense of being. Loved loved loved her. Also, um, hello Bo πŸ˜‰ [5*]

(P.S. The Netflix movie adaptation wasn’t so great :/

Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot

​A memoir unlike any I’ve ever read or listened to before. Mailhot talks about her experience as a Native American woman and her mental illness. An unexpectedly poetic style. Took a bit of getting used to. But a nice experience. Even though the subject matter was a bit tough at times. [3*]

Lady Susan/The Watsons/Sanditon by Jane Austen

​Three semi-finished manuscripts. Lady Susan is written in epistolary form and has an evil MC. The Watsons gave me Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park vibes. Sanditon has a half-mulatto character. The most diversity I’ve ever encountered in a Jane Austen novel. It would have been interesting to see what she did with the character. [3*]

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

​I got an ARC through First to Read and I am forever thankful because I devoured this book! Esme is a strong, single mother who takes every opportunity offered to better herself and provide for her family. Adored her. And I absolutely swooned over Khai. Full Review To Come πŸ˜‰

CURRENTLY READING: 0

As of writing this post, nothing haha. I just finished reading The Bride Test so I’m not reading anything at the moment.

UPCOMING READ: 

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Can’t wait! Can’t wait! Can’t wait!

BOOK HAUL: 3

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Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

One of my favorite books that I recommend every chance I get haha. It’s great to finally have a copy!

The Haunted Bridge (Nancy Drew #15) by Carolyn Keene

I’m building my Nancy Drew collection one book at a time. Plus, I remember relating to Nancy in this story.

The Clue of the Hissing Serpent (The Hardy Boys #53) by F.W. Dixon

Still collecting Stratemeyer Syndicate books.

Phew! A lot of reading done this week.
 


HAPPY BLOGGING EVERYONE!
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Tag: Me in Book Characters

Thank you Sophia Ismaa for tagging me! I thought long and hard about doing this tag because most of the characters I relate to are pretty depressing. So while this post starts off that way, I think it picks up lol. 

RULES:

  • Thank the creators of the tag – Thank you, Windowsill Book Blog
  • Thank whoever tagged you – Thank you, Sophia Ismaa
  • List 5 characters who you are most like and explain why
  • Tag other bloggers

1. Charlie 

I found my book!!!
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Sigh. Okay, 4 years ago I was in a really dark place and I wound up in the hospital. This is the first book I read afterwards and getting to know Charlie helped me cope with what was going on in my life. Never have I related to a character so much. It’s depressing but I love him. And when I met Stephen Chbosky all I could do was stand there like an idiot while he signed my book. I said absolutely nothing to the man. So, I’ll do it right now. Thank you Stephen Chbosky for creating Charlie and giving a voice to all wallflowers in the world. Thank you for writing a book that has had such a great impact on my life. Thank you, thank you thank you!!!

2. Anne Elliot

​Like Anne, I am the middle child. And like Anne, I’ve had to learn to not put aside my own feelings. To not be completed swayed by the opinions of others. 


3. Emily

​​Her best friend is a social butterfly that is always trying to get her out of her comfort zone. Hence the lists. I am Emily. And like her, I too have a friend that is always getting me to go out and try new things. She makes my life so much more interesting. And she puts up with me, so how can I not love her? ❀


4. Lane Kim

I’m kind of cheating with this one lol
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I loved Rory and while I could obviously relate to her book obsession, it was her best friend Lane that I could see myself in. Lane grew up with a strict mother (same!), has an alternative music taste (same!) and a best friend that her mom doesn’t really approve of (same girl, same!). 

 

 5. Bess Marvin

Tag yourself! I’m Bess, the one on the left
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I like to think I’m the voice of reason amongst my friends haha. And like Bess, when push comes to shove, I set aside my fears and help my friends out.

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So… I’m a mess. Thanks Sophski πŸ˜› I’m crying and laughing over here haha. Kind of cathartic though. Not gonna lie. I realize this post was a little depressing. So no one worry, I’m fine. Seriously πŸ™‚

I TAG:

MY WORLD OF BOOKS 

PUFFLEHUFFLE KITTEH READS

READER OF TALES

VELVET SPADE READS

VICKIETHEREADER

AND ANYONE AND EVERYONE THAT WANTS TO PARTICIPATE! 

As always, no pressure on anyone to do this tag! 

Happy blogging! πŸ˜€

Persuasion by Jane Austen

It’s Valentine’s Day so I decided to reread my favorite romance novel.

Yes, I love Pride and Prejudice just as much as the next girl. Elizabeth Bennet is my heroine. But Persuasion is completely different from Austen’s other works. For one, at 27, Anne is much older than the Bennet sisters, Emma, the Dashwood sisters, Fanny Price, and Catherine Morland. For another, Captain Wentworth is a self-made man. He found wealth by rising in his profession. 

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At 19, Anne Elliot, daughter of a Baron, was persuaded by family and friends to give up her engagement to Frederick Wentworth. At the time, a man with no worthwhile connections or fortune to speak of. Almost 8 years later, their paths cross once again. 

Anne is the second of 3 daughters. The middle child. She is oft overlooked by her father and older sister. Yet her family’s needs are foremost in her mind. She finds solace in her younger sister, Mary’s, family. Mary married Charles Musgrove while still young and lives near the Elliot family home. She often feels indisposed and depends on Anne to take care of her. The Musgrove family welcome Anne and make her feel wanted and loved. Something that doesn’t happen in her own home. And then through various circumstances, Captain Wentworth becomes an acquaintance of the family. Making for a lot of awkward moments between Anne and Captain Wentworth because of their secret shared past.

I cannot express how much I love this book. This is my favorite Jane Austen novel. By far. I think the story is rather sweet. In a world where Anne is taken for granted, Captain Wentworth sees her. He appreciates Anne. It’s been over 200 years since this story was published and I think it still holds up. 

Honestly, this novel speaks to my soul.