logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
back to top
Search tags: dickens
Load new posts () and activity
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
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.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
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! 

 

 

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
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!

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
text 2017-07-12 21:21
Reading progress update: I've read 27%.
David Copperfield (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) - Charles Dickens,Radhika Jones

In my attempt to read more classics, I'm making my way through this one and really enjoying it. 

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-07-11 19:37
A TALE OF TWO CITIES Review
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

I'd somehow, up to this point, never read A Tale of Two Cities. I know, I can't believe it either. 

Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution and the years leading up to it, this is, at its very core, a romance novel. I was a little shocked by that, but I certainly didn't mind. Dickens's writing is simply breathtaking, and he never allows the characters' actions to become contrived. These people aren't saccharine cutouts, as is typical of romance novels (even from this era). Instead, it's a roomy, elegant story told with magnificent prose and populated with memorable characters. 

Most Dickens novels drag a bit (at least, the few I've read do), but this one doesn't. Not at all. From its iconic opening passage to the final chapter, the plot is pretty quick and doesn't get bogged down in an excessive amount of characters and subplots (looking at you, Our Mutual Friend). Instead, Dickens focuses on only a handful of characters and develops them fully. By the novel's third part I was truly invested in their lives, and wanted to know how everything would turn out. I truly cared! When reading most novels from the Victorian Age, I find myself a little put off by their chilliness, their dust and age. Not here. A Tale of Two Citiesfeels rather progressive and is very emotionally involving. 

If I were to critique this novel, I would say perhaps Dickens sacrificed a full exploration of the time period he was writing about to, instead, focus on his characters. I would've loved to have seen more build-up to the Revolution, though what the reader does get is fine. I could've done with more guillotine scenes myself. 

So far, this is my favorite Dickens novel — though I have many to read yet. This one certainly deserves its classic status, and I can't wait to give it a reread in a few years.

More posts
Your Dashboard view:
Need help?