Recent Reads

I’ve been on a reading spree lately where I finish one book and dive right into another.  This is wonderful of course, but it also means I haven’t been stopping to write reviews after I read each book.  Sometimes this isn’t a bad thing, but for me I need to write the review soon after finishing otherwise I forget what I want to say.  So here are some mini-reviews of recent reads that I never wrote actual reviews for.

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Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

*no rating*

Well. I read it.

The End.


I don’t review Classics and I rarely rate them because I don’t really have anything meaningful to add to a book that has been critiqued and evaluated for 100s of years. Also,   how am I supposed to rate this?? Obviously it’s an extremely important work of literature to have such lasting power but honestly?  I was bored. As I usually am when I read classics.  I mostly listened to it because every time I tried to slog through 19th century text I felt my eyes closing. But I did finish it and that is all that matters. I have officially read my first Austen novel and finished the first month of the Classics challenge. So that is all that really matter. Also, I didn’t hate it.  It wasn’t Ethan Frome  bad and I will probably read more Jane Austen, but not for a few months.

*this book goes towards the 2016 Classics Challenge*

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The Rogue Not Taken 

Scandal & Scoundrel, #1

Sarah MacLean



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The 4 star rating is a bit arbitrary because this is my first ever Adult Historical Romance, so I have nothing to compare it to!  I really enjoyed the book, so I defineitly plan on exploring more of the genre, so who knows, this could end up becoming  a 5 or a 2 star book!

It’s been about a week since I read the book and unfortunately, I did not take any notes while reading. (I find it often distracts me from the novel and lowers my level of enjoyment).  So while I remember the plot and the general demeanor of the characters a lot has already faded.

I do know that I thought Sophie was a wonderful character.  From the first page when she defended her sister I knew I would like her.  She was funny, smart, and ready to take care of herself even if she did often end up being rescued.

For the most part, I did also enjoy King.  However, he might have been a bit too broody for my taste.  Give me sarcasm all day long but you need to stop whining about your dead love.  Plus he became a huge dick towards Sophie at the end.  And he refused to believe she was being honest throughout the entire book.  He did have his moments, which saves him from going on my “WTF Love Interest” shelf.

The romance, when King wasn’t being a brooding little bitch, was wonderful. I’m glad my first foray into historical romance was a success and I will definitely be checking out Sarah MacLean’s other work. If you guys have any suggestions of other authors or favorite novels let me know! I’m ready to get sucked into this genre!

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The Iron Daughter

The Iron Fey #2

Julie Kagawa


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That 2.5 rating is all due to Meghan and how ridiculously annoying and stupid she was in this book.  This review comes off a bit like a rant, but I really did enjoy the plot of this book.  I just HAVE to complain about Meghan.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Meghan in the first book BUT OH MY GOD. She was so annoying in this one. So obsessed with Ash and so stupid. He literally tells her that he will not be able to talk to her and treat her the same way because he can not betray his queen (um DOUCHE ALERT).  I also remember them talking in the 1st book and both of them acknowledging that it is HIGHLY illegal for them to be together and they could both be killed or banished because of it.  But what does  Meghan do the first time she sees him? Gets SUPER upset and complains for what felt like 5 hours about how she can’t believe he would betray her and believes that he never cared about her.  I HATE HATE HATE when characters are this stupid.  YOU TALKED ABOUT THIS.   HE LITERALLY TOLD YOU ALL THIS.

And don’t get me started on that weak attempt at a love triangle. “Oh Ash is leaving me. How about I try it with Puck because he’s here and he loves me  and I realize out of no where, with no prior indication, that I love him too”. Nope. Get out of here.  First of all Puck is 500x better than broody Ash and he doesn’t deserve for you to do that to him.

But, as I said,  I do actually really enjoy the plot of this series so I will continue to put up with dumbass Meghan and hope she gets better in the last book (or last 2 books I’m still confused about the Iron Knight).

*this book goes to the 2016 Audiobook challenge

Reviewing a Classic: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

This isn’t a real review. It’s basically me just explaining why I don’t really review Classics.

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The Haunting of Hill House

Shirley Jackson

Format: Audiobook; read by Bernadette Dunne

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First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

I started this way back in October when I was trying to read scary books for Halloween.  I stopped reading around 30% and returned it to the library. I just couldn’t really take it seriously.  I think that’s one of my main problems with older books. Did they really talk like this?  But a few days ago I was thinking about the classics challenge I’m participating in and figured I might as well give it another shot because I’m going to have to read a bunch of old books.  But I decided to listen to the Audiobook instead.  And I really enjoyed listening to it.  Bernadette Dunne read it and I think she did a great job.  Her narration added the perfect creep factor that I wasn’t getting from just reading. 75% of enjoying an audiobook to me is the narrator.  And usually I prefer male narrators to female.  I think it has to do with listening to so many YA audiobooks, such as the Hunger Games and Legend where the narrators were so boring.  An English accent always helps as well.
For the story, I’m not really going to review it.  The book is pretty old, and it’s a classic “horror” story.  I’m sure this book has been analyzed thousands of times and I’m not about to add my nonsensical thoughts to that.  Although I wouldn’t mind actually reading some literary commentary on it.   Sometimes I miss college.  I would gladly go back if I didn’t have to write any papers or take any tests.

I enjoyed the actual plot as well.  It reminded me a lot of The Turn of The Screw, by Henry James, which I had to read for a Lit class in college. You’re never quite sure if anything at all is really happening or if it is all in the characters head.  It’s more than “horror” because it is so intensely psychological. I wasn’t exactly scared while listening, but I was definitely intrigued and I may have shivered involuntarily on more than one occasion.

I don’t usually rate classics literature (Again, who cares what I have to say when it is clearly a classic for a reason), but I’d give it a 3-3.5.  Let’s be nice and go up because I really enjoyed the narration .  I’ll probably actually try and read it again to see if there is anything I missed while I was cleaning my  bathroom.  Maybe next Halloween.

Has anyone read The Haunting of Hill House? 

What do you think? 

Was it all in their heads?

Or was Hill House really evil?