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review 2017-08-08 03:17
First Dickens I didn't care for...
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

It's true, and I hate to say that I didn't like it, because I am a Dickens fan through and through.  But this was a tough one for me, probably because I never connected with any of the characters enough to really care about them.  Miss Pross was my favorite -- she actually DID something worth rooting for. Sydney's final act (of love I guess) hit me as rather selfish, his thoughts of never being forgotten for his sacrifice.  He does have a couple of the greatest lines in all of literature, I'll give him that.  Also, the French revolution has never held my interest, so the violence was way too much in my opinion.  The best part of the story is in the last 3 chapters.  

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text 2017-08-03 12:00
3rd August 2017
Omnibus: Four Complete Novels: Great Expectations / Hard Times / A Christmas Carol / A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be. 

 

Charles Dickens

 

August 3, 1861: The last installment of Great Expectations was published 156 years ago today. When Charles Dickens first came up with the premise for the novel, he referred to it as "a very fine, new and grotesque idea."

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review 2017-07-24 18:51
Catherine Dickens: Outside the Magic Circle - Heera Datta

Catherine Dickens, Outside the Magic Circle by Heera Datta
1850s Story of Charles Dickens wife, Catherine. Lots of drama surrounding the separation.
Married 21 years and they have 9 kids. The oldest is over the age and the others are given to Charles to raise-Catherine is cast off because everybody believes the story Charles has told.
Catherine's sister, Georgie has lived with them since she was 16 and Charles has taken a fancy to her....
Story goes back in time to when she was just meeting Charles. Love how the older child is able to visit with his mother and his other siblings so he can share information to them all from the other.
Can't imagine this happening in today's society, the pain she suffers and abuse.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.

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text 2017-07-21 18:46
Friday Reads!! 7.21.2017
The Blue Castle - L.M. Montgomery
David Copperfield (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) - Charles Dickens,Radhika Jones
Barchester Towers - Anthony Trollope,Edward Mendelson
A Study in Scarlet - Arthur Conan Doyle

Happy Friday everyone!

 

It's hot here. We are in the midst of a heatwave, which makes me want to just drink cold things and read. 

 

Saturday I will doing a mother/daughter day with my mom. Sunday I will be at the beach with my fiancee, he also wants to do a bike ride - so not a bad weekend planned.

 

I hope to finish The Blue Castle this weekend. What a great book! My friend couldn't help herself and finished it up. She loved it. I'm already recommending it to people. It makes me want to read all of Montgomery's works -  I've already picked up the Emily books. 

 

Still working through David Copperfield . I'm doing mostly audio for this and I highly recommend it. 

 

I am halfway through A Study in Scarlet and hope to finish it in the coming week. I realized how much of Sherlock Holmes I haven't read so I've resolved to make my way through the novels/stories.

 

If I finish Castle, I think I'm going to start another classic - Bartchester Towers. I liked the blurb and enjoyed reading the first chapter. 

 

What are your plans?

 

Have a great weekend and happy reading! 

 

 

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text 2017-07-14 17:18
Friday Reads!
His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik
David Copperfield (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) - Charles Dickens,Radhika Jones

Haven't done one of these in a while!

 

So I'm sticking with His Majesty's Dragon.  I can't resist Jane Austen with dragons - from a male point of view. It's different enough to keep me engaged. 

 

My audio is David Copperfield. I've been listening to it in the car during my commute for a while now. Richard Armitage does the narration and does an excellent job. Loved him in Robin Hood the TV series.  He was also in North and South - the Gaskell adaptation.  

 

Wedding planning has occupied so much of my time! It's demanding.  Meeting with photographer this weekend and picking the cake are on the agenda.

 

I miss reading, so I've just had to make it a priority, even if it's a little bit each day. It makes a difference in my mental health. 

 

Happy reading everyone!

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