I’m Horrible, an Update

17 Feb

I’ve been a bad blogger. Accepting that let move on. It’s been almost a full year and lots has changed primarily that I currently find my self living abroad in Scotland! I’ve been here for a little under 2 months on exchange and I’m loving it, but I feel like thats a story for another blog at another time.

Reading! 2013 was a crap reading year I read 36 of my goal of 50. Maybe I aimed high I only really got back in to reading in 2012 after 4 or 5 years of only reading maybe 5-10 books a year? But in 2012 I read just under 30 books over the summer so 50 seemed possible! But the summer of 2013 I think I maybe read 10 books.


I never did finish War of the Worlds. I got about half way through it just never hooked me and I fell out of it. One day I’ll go back and finish it, I mean it isn’t long and I didn’t hate it but it just wasn’t the time for it.

So what (classics) did I read since last posting? .. up until 2014 ..

“Madame Bovary”, Gustave Flaubert

“Night Walks”, Charles Dickens

“Speak, Memory”, Vladamir Nabokov

“Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”, Henry David Thoreau

“My Antonia”, Willa Cather

“Portnoy’s Complaint”, Philip Roth

“Wuthering Heights”, Emily Bronte

“A Passage to India”, E.M Forster

“The Odyssey”, Homer

“The Bell Jar”, Silvia Plath

and I reread “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe”, “Prince Caspian”, and “The Horse and His Boy” by C.S Lewis.

So where do we go from here. Well I’m going to give this blogging another shot, school over here in Scotland isn’t as demanding as I’m used to and I find I have more free time so hopefully this break is enough time for me to develop a blogging habit. I’m thinking in line with writing about what I’m currently reading I want to do shorter mini reviews of the classics I read in the last year to keep up with the classics club. We will just have to wait and see what ends up happening.

So here’s looking forward to more consistent blogging in the future!


18 Feb

And the spin is…

NUMBER 14! War of the Worlds by H.G Wells!!

I’m excited for War of the Worlds I’ve been feeling like reading some science fiction or in the realm “14 year old boy literature” (aka. how I refer to classic that are science fiction or high fantasy or just crazy absurd like The Monk). It is also short so hopefully it will be a quick read that will help me get back on track with my 50 books of the year.🙂

I’ll go pick up this beauty later today to add to PEL collection.

Update and the spin

18 Feb

So school work and life plus blogging regularly hasn’t been happening. Obviously. Free time isn’t something I’ve had much of but I have still been fitting in some time for the reading!

And starting today it’s reading week!!

As of right now I’m 2 books behind on my goal to read 50 books this year, and I also have the fallowing reviews to post here for the classics club challenge;

  • “Shirley”, Charlotte Bronte
  • “Great Expectations”, Charles Dickens
  • “Brave New World”, Aldous Huxley
  • “The Hobbit”, J.R.R Tolkien

So I’m going to use this week to play catch up! (and feel fantastic about myself).

I have about 100 pages left in Madame Bovary so hopefully I’ll finish that tonight and then get to posting reviews starting tomorrow. That will make 7 books completed since starting my list in September, not to shabby if I do say so myself!

In other news TCC spin is coming up and it sounds like fun so here is my 20 below the cut.

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Anna Karenina

10 Nov

It took me two weeks to finish Anna but if I didn’t have school and work to pull me away I think I would have finished in 2 or 3 day. I loved Anna Karenina I was hooked from the start and just couldn’t stop devouring it.. until I remembered all the projects I had due that is and I had to get to work in an hour.

Alright so Anna herself is annoying. She starts off rational and alright and then she becomes a crazy bitch and never stops complaining. Vronsky is also an a-hole that I didn’t care for but I did start to feel bad for him having to put up with Anna’s ridiculousness. As tragic as their story is I didn’t really find Anna Karenina to be a tragedy for 2 reasons; a) didn’t have enough feelings for Anna and Vronsky to care about their downfall and b) I was off in Levin land with a massive stupid grin on my face.

Absolutely love Levin. His search for the for the meaning of life, his politics/lack of politics, his feels for peasants, and all of his inner turmoil. Tolstoy express many of his view on Russian aristocracy, politics, education, and religion through Levin and it’s amazingly wonderful. Kitty isn’t a strong a character as Levin but I still love her for making my fave happy. Plus the two of them together can be adorable, swoon.

Basically Anna is a train wreck, and Levin joins Jane Eyre as one of my favourite fictional peeps. Also have to throw a little love to Oblonsky and his fun loving ways. Basically I have nothing intelligent to say because I’m blinded by love.

5 out of 5 Tolstoy, 5 out of 5.

Two on a Tower by Tomas Hardy

1 Oct

Book 1 of my classics club list complete!!

The characters in Two on a Tower are well, annoying. Most of the time I just wanted to give them a slap across the face and knock some sense in to them. The leading lady, Mrs. Constantine, falls for the younger Swithin (awesome name!) who takes a painfully long time to realize she has some feels for him.

The whole first part of the book is Mrs. C pinning over Swithin and him being completely oblivious. Finally at the end of book one after overhearing gossip he works it out and shit starts happening! She still spends a ridiculous amount of time complaining that the whole thing is a bad idea, doubting her choices and having a massive self pity party.

The best part of the book is defiantly book three when shit hits the fan and things get a little crazy. Hardy throws in a bunch of twists for the couple and even though Mrs.C and Swithin go through some crazy drama I just couldn’t feel any emotions for them. They are so slow, dull, and annoying it’s hard to pity them or care for all their drama. It’s like watching a car accident you know it sucks for the people involved and you should fell bad but really it’s just entertaining to watch.

Then the end of the book is pretty abrupt and left me like..

Overall the book good but not a favourite, it was slow to start and the characters were to annoying to care for when things got crazy. So I’m going to say 3 out of 5 starts, didn’t love it didn’t hate it. Far from a must read but not a bad light read between epic novels (ASOIAF) and uni textbooks.