Pride and Prejudice

I read “Pride and Prejudice” as part of the 2018 Reading Challenge. I chose this for the classic book category after it was mentioned in multiple conversations. While I have read other books that may be considered a classic, “Pride and Prejudice” felt like the real deal.

While “Pride and Prejudice” falls under the romance genre, it felt different from others that I have read. In this case, there was more dialogue involved in the story, courting, lots of dances and some laughter. As a bonus, it wasn’t obvious that the guy was going to get the girl or vice versa. These are all characteristics from Jane Austen writing this book in a different time period, and it is reflected well in the story.

Jane Austen’s writing had a sit and savor the story feel, rather than an eager to see what happens sort of feel. In some ways, it felt like I was reading a show, rather than watching it. This was a nice change of pace for my reading. “Pride and Prejudice” would be the perfect book to sit back during a storm in a cozy chair with a cup of tea, to savor time indoors.

The best part about “Pride and Prejudice” is the characters. The personalities of the characters, combined with the difference in time period made for an entertaining read. Each character was unique, and the writing helped them shine in their own light; especially if opposing characters were together in a scene. If I had to pick a favorite it would probably be Elizabeth. Her attitude was top notch, and almost seemed ahead of her time. She is a gal after my own heart.

Reading “Pride and Prejudice” was a delightful change of pace that has opened my eyes to the beauty of a classic book. Upon finishing the book, I almost felt like a more rounded reader because of it.

 

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Last Christmas in Paris

“Last Christmas in Paris” was a delightfully simple yet heart-warming read. This was just the sort of book to read this time of year to get me in the spirit of love, hope and a little holiday cheer. There are only a few characters in the story, and that’s all it needs to keep the story alive and prospering for the reader.

One of the best aspects of the book, is how it reflects the time period the story takes place in. It’s amazing and beautiful how the author reflected so much through the letters. There is so much emotion felt within the writing, containing the power to draw the reader in further. Hazel Gaynor has the power to make the reader wonder why we don’t do things like that as much anymore.

“Last Christmas in Paris” is all about beauty within the story. The setting of the book is beautiful. There is love mixed with tragedy, reminiscing on the favorite moments of life, and snow in Paris. It’s too perfect to not read during the holidays. I only hope that you enjoy the book as much as I did.

A Million Junes

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“A Million Junes” is a book that contains the power to fully captivate the reader, along with more magic and beauty than the synopsis is able capture. The synopsis gives the reader a glimpse into the world that awaits them in Five Fingers, Michigan.

 

Behind a beautiful cover, awaits a story that will have the reader thinking about Romeo and Juliet with a family rivalry between the O’Donnels and the Angerts. Except here, it’s so much more with a magical sort of twist. Emily Henry’s writing has the power to change the reader’s thinking on the possible outcomes of the book throughout the story. Somehow, she changes the direction of the story, and sneaks in other points of conflict without the reader realizing, or being able to predict how it will all come together.

As can be expected, forbidden romance has a big role in the story, and Emily Henry found a way to turn it into something more. This is a story that is filled with adventure, friendship, teenage worries, grief and self-discovery. The reader will find these mixed throughout the story as they travel along. Don’t worry, the cliché moments of a forbidden teenage romance were included. The story wouldn’t be complete without them.

 

 

Emily Henry has an incredible talent and ability to capture so much in her writing. Within the book awaits the contemplation’s of a teenager, captured fully to include a desire to see her father again, defy family wishes and spend time with the mysterious boy who moved back home, and figure out why certain events are happening. As the story blossoms the reader will be engulfed with the emotions and troubles that await the teenage characters, while also wondering how will the mysterious curse be broken. The writing is truly magical.

Little Earthquakes

“Little Earthquakes” is a fun chick-lit that was a nice change oMGSK3946f pace compared to the previous books I read recently. It follows the story of four woman after the birth of their first children. This story is filled with struggle, love, and laughter. This is the first book I’ve read of this nature and I found it enjoyable. It showed a different side of live shortly after children.
The book follows four woman in the time shortly before they gave birth, to the months following. Each of the woman are different, and seem like the most unlikely of friends, yet they have a strong, unique bond. They are there for support during the silly little things, and the big things that you only want your girlfriends there for. It’s a bond unlike any other.
With each woman the struggles and lessons are unique to them. There is the woman with the famous basketball player for a husband and she takes care of the baby while he is away. Another woman co-owns a restaurant with a friend, and has a wonderful husband and interesting mother-in-law. There is the woman who has to have it all, while doing all the work without rest. Finally, the woman who has a fabulous life until tragedy hits and her life is turned upside down.
This lighthearted, entertaining book was an easy and pleasant read. I recommend this book to anybody looking for a simple, yet pleasant book to read. It would probably even be good for the beach.

Americanah

img_20161205_235412Full disclosure, I was not happy with the ending. I actually came close to throwing the book across the room which is unusual for me.

Now that I got that out of the way, I’m ready to get down to business. In my eyes, Americanah, is a coming of age story with one of the most beautiful and unexpected love stories I’ve ever read mixed in. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie portrays the characters in an easily relatable manner with her beautiful writing style. There was an easy flow of reading, especially with the story jumping from the past to the present.

One of my favorite aspects of Americanah is how my eyes were opened up to another view on American life. When Ifemelu moves to America to go to school, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie put me in her shoes and I began to see the oddities that we consider normal. As Ifemelu spends more time in America, attending school and eventually starting a blog I started to think she had a real future in America. Then she moved back and I was left thinking “Why would she do something like that?” While, at the same time I sympathize and relate to her going back home where she can be herself and feel whole again. That is not an easy thing to do at times in this day and age.