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Sense and Sensibility

37558Title: Sense and Sensibility
Editor: Jane Austen
Source: library
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review Summary: Austen’s writing is funny, beautiful, and engaging but I was sometimes disappointed by the sparse descriptions.

Originally titled Elinor and Marianne, in a way the book was still named after it’s two main characters. Elinor is eminently sensible, always putting her own feelings second to looking out for her mother and sister. Elinor is the exact opposite, entirely focused on her own sensibility and feelings with a complete lack of concern for the practical. Despite their dissimilarity, both sisters will face similar challenges as they navigate society trying to find love. Continue reading


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Bookish Blogging Events

The Monster Reviewathon
Aug 26th-Sept 1st 
I only found out about The Monster Reviewathon today, but I think it’s exactly what I needed! I’ve been ahead on reading and behind on writing a review for a while, a problem that the recent read-a-thon only increased. So for the next week, I will have to keep reading for some scheduled reviews coming up, but I’m going to try to do a lot of catching up on reviews. (Goal: review 10 books). Continue reading


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Bookends About Jane Eyre

11016Title: Jane Eyre
Author: Charlotte Brontë
Source: library
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review Summary: The plot was a little boring and unbelievable but the writing was so gorgeous I didn’t even mind!

Today I’m going to be sharing with you the goodreads summary of the book because I think it does a great job explaining not just the action of the plot, but the character development that is the most exciting part of the story. Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity.  She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.
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Project: Fairy Tale – Ivanhoe

Title: Ivanhoe
Author: Sir Walter Scott
Source: library
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review Summary: The writing style takes some getting used to, but it’s well worth it for this story of romanticized adventure and chivalry.

As part of Alison at The Cheap Reader’s Project: Fairy Tale, I will be reviewing one original and three re-tellings of Robin Hood this month. Ivanhoe is the best I’ve been able to find as an original, since (at least according to Wikipedia), Ivanhoe is the first story in which Robin Hood appears in his modern incarnation. In this version of the story, Ivanhoe is the central hero fighting to preserve England for Richard the Lion-Hearted, an endeavor which leads to his alliance with Robin Hood. Fortunately for our purposes, Robin Hood gets at least as much spotlight as Ivanhoe. This book also has the same over-the-top chivalry and sense of adventure that I’ve always found so enjoyable in modern re-tellings of the story of Robin Hood. Continue reading


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The Black Count

Title: The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
Author: Tom Reiss
Source: library
Rating: ★★★★★
Fun Fact: Sugar was once considered a rare substance and prescribed as a cure for nearly everything.
Review Summary: An incredible true adventure told by seamlessly combining personal anecdotes and broader social issues in a fascinating story.

Although many of you have probably read or watched The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers, few people know that many of the adventures in these classics were inspired by the author’s father, also named Alex Dumas. From exciting sword fights to wrongful imprisonment, this true story has it all. Why did Alex Dumas have so many exciting adventures? In the name of “liberty, fraternity, and equality” of course! That’s right… Alex Dumas was a hero of the French Revolution, one who embodied the best qualities of that revolution. Not only did he take advantage of the unparalleled racial equality it caused, his stunning rise through the military never lead him to stop treating all others with the respect and human dignity he believed they deserved.

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Bookends About Dracula… The Graphic Novel

Actually, I’ve gone on a bit of a Dracula spree, so in addition to a review of the sequel, I also have short reviews of a re-telling and a sequel coming up tonight 🙂

Title: Dracula (All-Action Classics)
Author: Michael Mucci, Ben Caldwell, Bill Halliar, Bram Stoker
Source: library
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review Summary: This was basically Dracula, with a few simplifications, a little enhanced drama, and some great pictures.

I would never consider a graphic novel adaptation a substitute for the book, but this was definitely a great supplement. The story was very close to the original. There were very few embellishments and I was happy with the events that were included. The order in which things happened was changed a little, but always in a way I felt preserved the heart of the original while streamlining the story. I liked this much better than my first experience with a graphic novel, perhaps because knowing the story already erased any difficulty I might have following a story in this format. Finally, the drawing. It was perfect! Just cartoony enough, but not over the top except for the occasionally resemblance of the Count to Cruella de Vil. The color was also fantastically well done. As long as you’re not going to be bothered by the occasional small change or embellishment, I would highly recommend this to any fans of the original novel.


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