I'm not usually a reader of the mushy, goopy romance novels or anything really involving a girl...being a girl. But loving the 1920's as I do, I first sought after this novel, not actually reading the plot of it beforehand, just knowing I wanted to read.
Honestly? I'm glad I did. It was a quick and easy read (in my life, that's really all I want to handle right now) but very, very enjoyable from beginning to end. While not based IN the '20's, there were many references that made my heart swell. The writing as well, for such an simplistic book was remarkable. I never thought I could find myself getting emotionally invested, but I was tearing up by the end of it.
If you guys are looking for a quick, light-hearted read, this is the one for you.
Now onto book #2- Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris.
Read for my Hardy reading challenge/reading group a re-read of a novel I first read when I was about 18 (for pleasure not O or A levels )
Far from the Madding Crowd is perhaps the most pastoral of Hardy's Wessex novels. It tells the story of the young farmer Gabriel Oak and his love for and pursuit of the elusive Bathsheba Everdene, whose wayward nature leads her to both tragedy and true love. It tells of the dashing Sergeant Troy whose rakish philosophy of life was '...the past was yesterday; never, the day after'. And lastly, of the introverted and reclusive gentleman farmer, Mr Boldwood, whose love fills him with '...a fearful sense of exposure', when he first sets eyes on Bathsheba. The background of this tale is the Wessex countryside in all its moods.
This is a beautiful pastoral Hardy novel, the first to use the fictional term of Wessex for Hardy's Dorsetshire countryside. I found it an absolute joy to read, and can't imagine why anyone wouldn't. Certainly this novel has more reason to make to reader cheer at certain points than some other famous Hardy works. Far from the Madding crowd seems to be a more ambitious work for Hardy, than his first 3 published novels. It is also deeply romantic, brooding and enormously readable. The story of Bathsheba Everdene a willful, independent farmer, who is object of heroic Gabriel Oak's love, Farmer Boldwood's obsession, and Sergeant Troy's dashing flirtations. The twists and turns in the fortunes of these four people is what makes this such a page turner still. In the midst of this wonderful story we have many of Hardy's themes of rural life, marriage and social convention. Hardy's descriptions of countryside, agricultural and rural life are wonderfully atmospheric. As are the minor eccentric rural characters who befriend Oak and work for Bathsheba.
Needless to say I loved every bit of it, Hardy's writing is breathtakingly good.
Since it's hard for me to get access to new books at the moment, I think this year's fifty book chalenge will just be reading sa many books as I can, regardless of whether I've already read them or not. It's been so long since I just sat down with a book and read it anyway that I think it'll be nice to just get back into it again.
So, instead of Fever Dream being my first book, because I can't read it right now, I think I'm going to get my copy of Little Women down off the shelf and start that again. So book number 1 of 2012 will be Little Women.
"The Angel" by Carla Neggers. Not a bad book, not necessarily one to keep you on the edge of your seat, but a good one to pass the time on the train or while on your lunch break. One part romance, one part detective novel, one part mystery thriller. Plot involves an Irish folk tale involving 3 brothers, angels and fairies and then the author throws the devil in there for good measure. I found the end to be a bit drug out once the mystery was solved, but then at least it didn't really leave any loose ends. I'm thinking about acquiring the next book by this author, "The Mist" which seems to involve a few of the characters from this book.
Things Not Seen - Andrew Clements
This young adult novel centers around a teenage boy who wakes up invisible. The novel sheds light on his relationship with his parents as well as self-discovery, friendship, and a hint of romance. I enjoyed this book, but I did find the first 100 pages a bit slow.
Book #1 of 2012. Born To Run by Christopher McDougall
I read it in less than 2 days. ...made me want to start munching on pinole and chia... and go running barefoot. Such an inspiring and fascinating read.
and... something i'm really interested to try: Tita's flapjacks! I think I might start experimenting with her secret ingredients of "boiled rice, overripe bananas, a little cornmeal, and fresh goat milk"
Ok, this year I am actually taking this challenge seriously, and as it's been a year since I graduated uni I am hoping I will be able to stand looking at printed words on a page for longer this time. Also, I got a nook for Xmas, which should help some.
Book 1. Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson.
I started this book in November of 2011 and for all that it's short and not a hard read, I had a difficult time getting through it. I read it on a recommendation from my brother. I really liked Treasure Island and so assumed I would like Kidnapped as well but I found David Balfour too whiny and so had a hard time keeping momentum as I was reading it.
I did enjoy the way Stevenson illustrated the accent of the characters, I liked Alan, and I liked the beginning well enough though I thought from the start that David complained too much. Once he got to the island though, I quickly lost interest. I still have the rest of his books to read, and I hope I enjoy them a lot more than I did this one.