CLASSICS CLUB

THE OUTSIDERS – S.E. HINTON

Here is another review for the Classics Club which if you don’t already know, is a club where we make a list of a minimum of 50 classics we want to read in 5 years or less and then we blog and talk about the book after we are done. Join here if you are interested and here is my original list.

This month, I decided to read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and I’m not quite sure if you’d actually consider this a classic but I was still really excited to read it anyway.

Let me just warn you that I would hardly call this a review just because I guess I just wasn’t in the mood to write when I started it and also, I just couldn’t portray my feelings for this book properly.

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Book: The Outsiders

Author: S.E. Hinton

Rating: ★★★★★

“Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold.”

 

 

 

There is no way I can read that quote and not want to cry.
I actually really really enjoyed this book, a lot more than I thought I would. I just loved all the found families and the greasers and the way they just always looked out for each other. I’ve heard a lot of negative things but I don’t really mind because personally, I enjoyed it and I felt like this book was what I need The Great Gatsby to be for me

I’m not really making any sense but this was just such a short, enjoyable book and I do really love it.

I’m not entirely sure if you’d count it as a classic but anyway… As a book written by a teen, it was really emotional and personal and I thought it was written really well.

I enjoyed the story and learning about the greasers. The book doesn’t take place over a long period of time and most of it is spent on the run with Jonny and Ponyboy. I still thought it was paced very well and I was never bored and I never felt like it dragged. It is quite hard to review such a short book but even though it was small, it had a really big impact on me.

The writing was also a product of its time and it did take me a while to pick up on some of the slang but it all felt very much like a movie. I personally enjoyed watching the greasers shove each other around and tease one another. The dialogue was quite short and snappy and equally beautiful and hilarious.

Over the course of 180 pages, I still felt like I really got to know each and every one of the greasers. They all had a rough home life but found each other inevitably. I loved how they always looked out for each other and just accepted everyone as their family.

I especially liked Ponyboy who was the narrator. He was the youngest of the gang and you can tell how much he looks up to his brother Soda and how much he loves being a greaser. I just thought it was really sweet the way everyone looked out for him and Jonny and Pont and the greasers just stole my heart.

I’m really excited to watch the movie now and I know I’m gonna love it. I know this wasn’t much of a review but there is no way I could translate my deep feelings for this book into words. It has just grown to be really personal to me which I kind of did not expect but oh well.

Ok looking at this now, I wouldn’t even call this a review, my thoughts are everywhere and it’s pretty short but I try to never strive for more than mediocre, it saves a lot of hard feelings in the end

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Feel free to chat. Have you read this yet? If not, I definitely recommend it 🙂

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DISCUSSIONS

MY READING ROUTINE (FROM PICKING THE BOOK TO REVIEWING)

I’ve been wanting to write this post for quite a while now because my reading routine is something I follow pretty religiously. I do things in a specific way and this is definitely what keeps me out of book slumps.

I’m going to be taking you through the process of me picking the book, to reading it, to reviewing it and all that follows between.

1. Picking a Book to Read

This is of course, the first step. Now picking what I’m going to read next is usually quite easy for me. I am 100% a mood reader so I won’t stick to a tbr and what I plan to read next will usually change later on.

But as I’m finishing up the book I’m currently reading, I already have a few books in mind that I would read. Then I think about specifically what kind of book I really feel like reading. For example, I might want a fun, lighthearted contemporary or a twisty, dark fantasy. My preferences vary all the time and by mood reading, I reduce the chance of slumping because I know I feel like reading the book and I won’t be as likely to DNF it.

However, this does not always work out as perfectly. Most of the time I have a hard time picking between a few books even though I’m going to read them all eventually. What I’ve been doing lately is reading the first few pages of each book I want to read and just picking which one sounds the most appealing. But if it really comes down to it, I will just use a randomizer which will pick the book for me.

When I’m picking a book, usually library books are top priority just because I’ll have to return them soon and I don’t know the next time I’ll actually see them in the library to check them out again. After library books, I am most likely to read new books I bought or ones that have been recently released that I have been anticipating because reading new books is always exciting. And lastly, I will read the books that are already on my shelves because I have to stop hoarding and actually read them but lately I’ve actually been reading a lot more books that have been sitting on my shelf for a while.

One other thing that I take into consideration when I’m picking a book is whether it’s a standalone or a series. During the school year when I’m quite busy, I tend to read more standalones whereas during the holiday, I read a lot of series because I have time to binge them. I also take into consideration whether or not I feel like committing to a series in the moment because once I start a series, I generally have to read every other book that has been published in that series.

2. Where and When I Read

I like to say I read anywhere (which is true) because I bring at least one book with me everywhere. And I know most people in the book community do that too because you never know when you might get the opportunity to read.

But I do really like to read anywhere, on the train, in the car, in the grocery store, while brushing my teeth, while walking home, in the bath, I even read in the shower once. You choose. However, when I’m at home, I do like to go and sit in this chair in my house that I always read it. I usually grab a snack if I can as well because snacks and books go great together. And if I’m really feeling it, I’ll make a cup of tea or coffee.

As for when I read, it’s usually whenever I have the time. So usually I’ll read in bed while I’m waking up, then I’ll go down and read while I’m eating my breakfast. Then I read while I’m brushing my teeth and while I’m brushing my hair because usually, those tasks are pretty boring. Then on the way to school, I’ll read the entire journey and I sometimes read in the morning before class starts. During school, I don’t read as much but occasionally I’ll read in between classes or during lunch. Then I read on the way home from school and once I get home, I give myself a break before I start working and maybe read for about 10 minutes. Then by the time I’ve finished working, I eat dinner and then read before I fall asleep.

Now, I wouldn’t say I read particularly fast but I don’t read that slow either. I try to read at a steady pace and only finish a book quickly when I’m really enjoying it. I also skim occasionally but on that much but it does make the book go by faster if I have to.

Different books take me different amounts of time to read. Contemporaries are usually quite quick for me because I feel like you don’t need to put that much of your concentration towards it. Fantasy can take me a little longer because usually the writing can be quick dense and you have to pay attention to all the plot twists and reveals and the world building can also be quick heavy. Then classics and older books take me much longer to read because of the older writing style which is slightly harder to read. And of course how much I like the book can also change how fast I read.

3. Finishing the Book and Reviewing.

Once I’ve finished the book, the rating will either come to be immediately or I’ll have to think about it for a while. Then I usually update my Goodreads with the rating and mark it as ‘review to come’ for now. I try to write my review as soon as possible after I finish the book just because I easily forget things about it and when I get my thoughts down quickly, the review is usually better quality.

However, sometimes I don’t have time to write them and I will usually wait until the weekend when I have a little more time. And sometimes, I just don’t feel like writing a review and when I force myself to write in that mindset, the review is usually pretty bad.

But when I do get around to reviewing, I usually start off with a quote I saved from the book and then I write the introduction which usually sums up how I felt about it. Then I go on to talking about the writing, the plot, the setting/world building, the characters, what I liked, what I didn’t like and anything that stood out to me. Then I just sum it up with a paragraph which basically translates overall how I enjoyed it. Sometimes I take notes when I read but only for a book I know I’m absolutely going to love and notes help me write a better review. But most of the time I can’t be bothered.

Lastly, I try to take a few Bookstagram pictures just so I can have them for when I need to post. Then I go back to picking the next book and the cycle begins again.

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Feel free to chat with me anytime. Do you have a reading routine? Is it similar to mine?

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FAVOURITES

MY TOP 12 OTPS

Shipping is one of my main hobbies. Next to reading, reviewing and eating, shipping couples is basically what I do in my spare time.

There is nothing quite like gushing over an adorable ship and worrying yourself sick over making sure the characters survive the series to get the happily ever after you really wanted. Then again, that almost never happens.

So I finally decided to come together (lol it’s just me what am I saying?) and create a list of my personal favourite otps that have stolen my heart and crushed my soul.

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1. Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows

I would say that Kaz and Inej kind of started it all. The Six of Crows duology was one of the first few YA series I’d ever read and I actually recently just finished rereading it which is what sparked the idea for this post. In the book, they aren’t exactly physical at all but you can tell how much they care for each other in the way that Kaz’s breathing changes every time he sees Inej or how they can always sense each other’s presence.

“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.” 

I mean if that quote doesn’t say it all, I don’t know what will.

2. Alec and Magnus from The Mortal Instruments

Alec is such a soft child and Magnus is always there to look out for him and whenever they’re together I just start crying and melt into a puddle of love. And those are only some of the side effect. They are just both equally adorable and deserve each other so freaking much.

I mean, they are such a cute couple. They adopt kids, go on a world trip together, fight demons. What a power couple, there is nothing they can’t do.

3. Will and Tessa from The Infernal Devices

Sorry for all you Jessa shippers but we all knew Will was going to be endgame. Will is my snarky, sarcastic child who I love very dearly and the fact that (if not me) he got to be with Tessa who was equally hilarious and smart just makes me so happy. They are honestly perfect together and seeing them raise a family just fills my heart with so much love and happiness.

4. Mark and Kieran from The Dark Artifices

I know there is a lot of controversy about this ship and I am still patiently waiting for Queen of Air and Darkness when I will officially get my heart ripped out. But regardless what happens, I will always ship Mark and Kieran. They have literally both been through so much and I personally feel they deserve each other more than anything and I’m just praying for a happy ending for these two.

5. Emma and Julian from The Dark Artifices

The more these books progress, the darker Julian has become and I feel like he just needs Emma to pull him out when he’s drowning. They’ve practically been in love with each other their entire lives and I’m confident that these two crazy kids can work it out.

6. Andie and Clark from The Unexpected Everything

Andie and Clark’s relationship kind of had a rocky start and I could practically see the waves of awkwardness that were emitting from the pages on their first date. However, they did go through a lot and by the end, they got together and I couldn’t be happier. I know I don’t have that many standalone otps because I feel like you just don’t have that time or build up to get properly attached but Morgan Matson executed this perfectly. I was attached and in love in a second and I’m so excited to reread The Unexpected Everything soon.

7. Ronan and Adam from The Raven Cycle

Just thinking about these two mAkeS mE WaNt tO cRY. They both went through so much and it was heartbreaking to read about it and they are both damaged little souls. The growth that you see from the both of them is insane and seeing them together just makes me so happy because they have both crawled through hell and back again and they deserve to be together.

8. Manon and Dorian from Throne of Glass

There are quite a few books in the Throne of Glass series but we never actually get that much from these two. But I’m hoping that in the last book, we get a definite ending for them. I honestly don’t know what else to say about this couple because I just ship them so much I can’t even form words. They are both sarcastic and snarky and their banter gives me a reason to live and they are both just a tad evil in their own way.

9. Monty and Percy from A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

I personally love this book with all my heart and a huge part of why I love it so much is Monty and Percy. Monty is useless at practically everything, except flirting, he could probably flirt his way out of any situation. And Monty is such a sweet little cinnamon roll and he’s always there to keep Monty from getting into too much trouble. And both of them have such an amazing relationship and they are basically each other’s best friends and the only people they actually had and the fact that they got to be together just melted my heart.

10. Simon and Bram from Simon vs the Homo Sapien’s Agenda

I’m not saying anything’s definite but these two might be my all-time otp. But it’s not for sure but I do care and ship these two an extremely unhealthy amount. This book is my favourite contemporary and it just means so much to me and these two just make me so so happy.

“Why would I want to watch other people kissing,” I say, “when I could be kissing you?”

*sigh* that is probably the best quote in the entire book and I really can’t say much more about these two without breaking down into tears so excuse me while I go search for my dignity.

11. Leah and Abby from Leah on the Off Beat

I did try a little (I’m lying I barely tried) to not pick more than one couple from a book or series but I already failed miserably at that and I looked at my list and sadly realised that I didn’t have any f/f ships. I literally can’t even control my emotions around these two and I just feel like there aren’t nearly enough f/f couples in YA so when I saw this book, I practically screamed.

12. Lazlo and Sarai from Strange the Dreamer

Honestly, these two are just too perfect. I mean, just the idea of a dreamer and a dream manipulator falling in love is magical and romantic. Lazlo is such a soft child and I honestly loved him and Sarai together.  I loved that they got to escape to his dreams and just be there together. These two are actually the cutest.


And there you have it, those were my top 12 couples that I will happily gush over for hours. This list is definitely going to change and grow as I read more so I’ll probably update it in a year or two

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Feel free to chat with me anytime. Do you have any otps?

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Monthly Wrapup

MONTHLY WRAPUP JULY 2018

This has been one crazy month. First of all, I moved. And I mean I moved across the world. So that hasn’t given me a lot of time to read and write reviews, take pictures for bookstagram or blog so that’s why I haven’t been very active these past couple weeks. But don’t worry, everything is going back to semi-normal and I will be posted once a week again. It’s also one more month until school starts which kind of terrifies me but I’m trying not to think about it.

Despite this being quite a hectic month, I did read a surprising amount. I read 14 books that came to 6,093 pages and I had an average rating of 4.5/5 stars. 6,000 pages is probably the most I’ve ever read in a month and although I’ve read a larger amount of books, I read longer, denser books this month.

Sadly I didn’t meet all my goals for the month but I don’t really blame myself because I knew my schedule would be packed yet I attempted to overachieve (no surprises).

July Goals:

✓ 1. Read at least one classic

✓ 2. Stay 14 books ahead of my reading challenge

(I actually managed to get 19 books ahead which really surprised me)

✗ 3. Read at least 15 books

✓ 4. Finish all my old reviews

(I did manage to catch up on all my old reviews that had been marked ‘review to come’ for ages)

✓ 5. Keep up with new reviews (90%)

✓ 6. Blog at least once a week (hopefully twice)

I mean, I don’t really deserve a check because I haven’t uploaded the last two weeks but the previous weeks I uploaded twice a week which kind of balanced it out

✗ 7. Frequently upload on Bookstagram

Here are some new goals for August that I will hopefully keep up with:

  1. Read at least one classic
  2. NO BUYING BOOKS FOR THE REST OF THE MONTH STARTING THE DAY YOU POST THIS
  3. Read at least 14 books
  4. Keep up with reviews
  5. Blog once a week
  6. Upload frequently on Bookstagram
  7. Stay 21 books ahead of my reading challenge

As you can see from the second thing on this list, I have been having some trouble with restraining myself from buying books. I need to save my money to buy things that will help me settle into my new home buuuut I did visit the local bookstore and I saw a great deal at another store so, let me explain.

So, I hadn’t actually bought books for at least a month and a half and I thought that I should visit the local bookstore which is a 5-minute drive from my house. I wasn’t really planning on buying anything but then I saw The Outsiders for a really good price and I thought ‘well I do need a new classic to read this month’. Then I saw Running with Lions and I kid you not, I was drawn to that book like a moth to a flame. I blame it all on gravity, maybe the shop was built at a weird angle because I just kind of drifted towards it and as soon as I picked it up I couldn’t leave it again. But I don’t regret it because I recently read it and absolutely loved it.

Then I was all set and knew I shouldn’t buy any more books but I just so happened to gravitate over to the book section of a store I was in and saw Save the Date in hardcover, 20% off and signed…. A SIGNED 15 DOLLAR HARDCOVER THAT JUST SO HAPPENED TO BE ONE OF MY MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2018? I mean come on, how could I not?

But that’s enough of my uncurable addiction, here is what I actually read this month.

Genres (1)

In terms of genres, I had a pretty diverse month and read 4 contemporaries, 1 classic, 1 sci-fi, 3 dystopian and 4 fantasy books. I usually don’t read sci-fi (like, ever) but tried out Life L1k3 and really enjoyed it. I also read quite a lot of contemporary because I’m still in the summery mood.

 

 

I read a lot of really good books this month so it’s really hard to choose a favourite but it would probably have to be Bad Romance but it is closely tied with To Kill and Kingdom and the Astonishing Color of After. My least favourite book would have to be When Dimple Met Rishi.

Now here are the books I actually read and as always, the link to my review is always right there in the title so you can just click on it to see my full thoughts on the book.

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The Knife of Never Letting Go

Author: Patrick Ness

Genre: Dystopian

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

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The Ask and the Answer

Author: Patrick Ness

Genre: Dystopian

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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Monster of Men

Author: Patrick Ness

Genre: Dystopian

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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When Dimple Met Rishi

Author: Sandhya Menon

Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

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Lifel1k3

Author: Jay Kristoff

Genre: Sci-fi

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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The Wrath & the Dawn

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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The Rose and the Dagger

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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Sense and Sensibility

Author: Jane Austen

Genre: Classic Literature

Rating: ★★★★.5

 

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Hunted

Author: Meagan Spooner

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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Bad Romance

Author: Helen Demetrios

Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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Second Chance Summer

Author: Morgan Matson

Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

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The Astonishing Color of After

Author: Emily X.R. Pan

Genre: Magical Realism

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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Starry Eyes

Author: Jenn Bennett

Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

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To Kill a Kingdom

Author: Alexandra Christo

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: ★★★★★

 

And those were all the books I read this month. I hope August is just as an amazing reading month for me.

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Feel free to chat with me anytime. Did you also read a lot this month? What was your favourite book you read?

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TAGS

IT’S CONFESSION TIME

I decided to do another tag and I know I do quite a lot of them on my blog but that’s because I really enjoy writing tag posts. I’m going to be doing the guilty reader book tag which is an old one but I still love it and always wanted to do it.

I am quite guilty of a few things which isn’t really surprising but let’s just get on with the tag.

1. Have You Ever Regifted A Book That You’ve Been Given?

I’ve actually done this because mainly I don’t have many family members or friends who actually read and who would like a book as a present. I also don’t receive that many books from other people either, just my best friend and my parents and my best friend knows what I would want so I would never give it up and my parents usually ask me what books I want. And when I buy books, I make sure I will most likely enjoy them so most of the books I own, I would never give up. But this is actually the first time regifting a book has ever occurred to me but now that I think about it…

2. Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?

Well…yes, but I have a reason. So my English teacher was talking to my friend and I about what we were reading and she was talking about Little Women. Then my English teacher turned to me and was like ‘oh, so you’ve read it to’ and then automatically I just said yes. Then about 3 seconds later I realised what I just said but by then it was already too late to say anything so I just kind of stood there awkwardly and then had to pretend I had read Little Women for the rest of the school year. Usually, I would never lie about reading a book but I get intimidated when talking to teachers.

3. Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

Honestly? No, I haven’t. As I said before, I don’t have many friends who have books that I could actually borrow but I never really ask to borrow books anyway. There have been a couple times when I have borrowed them but I would never keep them (that thought never even crossed my mind) because I know I would hate it if that ever happened to me.

4. Have you ever read a series out of order?

I have never done this thanks to Goodreads. I always look at the book on Goodreads before I read it and it’s usually one that my friend has read or that I’ve seen good reviews for so I never really pick up a random book at the risk that it might be in a series. I like to be informed on the book I’m reading before I start it so I’ve never read a series out of order.

5. Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

Oh, many many times. I try not to do this because it is one of my biggest pet peeves but I have gotten so passionate about the book that the spoiler has just slipped out. I usually assume they’ve read the book and I’ve never MAJORLY spoiled someone but there have been little ones. I don’t do it very often but I know it sucks to be spoiled. I’ve also given out slight spoilers in my reviews sometimes and forget to put them under a tag.

6. Have you ever doggy eared a book?

Yes and I blame it all on my mom. I used to read a lot when I was a kid and I always saw my mom dog-earing a book and so I just copied her. I kind of adopted the habit and didn’t realise it was actually bad until I was older. Then when I started buying my own books, I would use anything as a bookmark so that I would not have to dog-ear a page. But I am very guilty to say that I still do dog-ear library books BUT IT’S VERY RARE. And when I do, I can feel myself cringing and I always feel really bad about it afterwards.

7. Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?

No. I really don’t see why I would do this because I collect books and it’s what I like to spend my money and time on. I wouldn’t really say that I never owned a book because I’m proud of my bookshelves and I don’t have any embarrassing books to hide.

8. Have you ever told someone you haven’t read a book when you have?

My mom actually read a review for this one book and I think it mentioned that there was a lot of kissing in it and just keep in mind that I was quite young (maybe 10??) and my mom asked me if I had read it. I immediately said no because I was embarrassed that I had read a book with kissing in it. Looking back on it, it seems pretty dumb and now I don’t think I would ever deny reading a book.

9. Have you ever skipped a chapter or a section of a book?

Actually no, I haven’t. I’ve tried skimming many times before but it just doesn’t work for me. I don’t know why but my eyes just catch on to every word so it’s really hard for me to skim let alone skip pages or chapters. I also try not to read books I don’t like so I never have a reason to skim.

10. Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?

Hahaha, yes. I don’t know if you’ve ever done this but someone I didn’t particularly like was talking about wanting to read Six of Crows. Now for some reason, I get really defensive when it comes to other people reading my favourite books so I said that it was boring and the ending wasn’t great which is the complete opposite of how I feel about it. I’ve also done this for other books like Lady Midnight, Heartless and Throne of Glass. The only reason I do this is because in the moment, I don’t want to share my favourite books with other people which is really dumb and I should probably stop doing it 😂

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Feel free to chat. Are you guilty of any of these things? Feel free to talk with me because I’d love to chat 🙂

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CLASSICS CLUB

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY – JANE AUSTEN

I’m back with another review for the Classics Club which if you don’t already know, is a club where we make a list of a minimum of 50 classics we want to read in 5 years or less and then we blog and talk about the book after we are done. Join here if you are interested and here is my original list.

This month, I read Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen which I was really excited to start and ended up really enjoying. 5 down and only 45 more to go!

“The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!”

4.5 stars
This was such an amazing book although I can expect no less from Jane Austen. I will say that I like it just a little less than Pride and Prejudice just because I didn’t connect with the characters and the story as much. However, I did still enjoy it and I can’t wait to cross more Austen books off my list.

First of all, and I am about the millionth person to say this but, her writing is just perfection. It is literally flawless and beautiful and I wish she was still alive so that she could write my biography. There is just something about it that is so subtly funny and sarcastic and it is just really fun to read (??) because you kind of absorb the words and the story slowly seeps in. I just love the atmosphere she creates and the banter and sarcasm she plays into the characters.

BEAUTIFUL.

I also really loved all the characters in this book.
Elinor.
She was always so sure of herself and kind of acted like the mother to everyone (including her own mother) and always thought of her sisters first, before herself. She also stopped anyone from making hash decisions and thought about things very logically before she did them. Elinor was probably my favourite character in this book because she is just such a strong heroine for her time. She basically keeps her family together, keeps track of the money, worries about everything and at the same time, goes through heartbreak multiple times.

Marianne.
She was also a really strong character in this book and although she was portrayed as a slightly overdramatic, sensitive person, I still thought she was really strong and independent. And plus the girl had to go through so much I just wish Willoughby would give her a break. She was also a really sweet and loving person and cared for her family a lot. She also doesn’t want to marry just for the sake of it, she really wants to find a man who is interesting and who she genuinely enjoys being with.

Edward.
He just wasn’t Mr Darcy. As much as I liked his shy, slightly awkward character, I missed Darcy and his snark. Sometimes he would kind of annoy me and I will always have a very small grudge against him for putting Elinor through a lot of stress. He is quite smart and loyal but he’s really clumsy when it comes to making decisions and a few of the choices he made kind of made me want to throw the book across the room.

Willoughby.
He kind of appears to be the romantic hero at the beginning of the book but by the end, I was just kind of fed up with him. He had his chance to marry Marianne but he blew it many times. He did realise afterwards that he would have been happier with her but it was too late. He’s kind of a ‘player’ (I never thought I would describe an Austen character as a player) and he just missed his chance with Marianne, many times.

Colonel Brandon.
The age difference does weird me out just a bit but I guess it was totally normal back then. I did feel kind of bad for Colonel Brandon and so he had my sympathy. At the end, he was really nice and throughout the whole book, he was loyal to both Elinor and Marianne. He’s just really faithful and helpful and he deserves to have a happy marriage.

Elinor and Edward ended up together which was honestly expected. I do think they make a great couple and even though Edward messed up a few times, Elinor can keep him from slipping up in the future. For a while, I did want Willoughby and Marianne together but I just kept getting more and more annoyed with him. So in the end, I am happy that Marianne and the Colonel got married because they both deserve each other.

I’m not going to lie, there is a whole lot more drama in this book. There were so many miscommunications and people though people were married but they actually weren’t and there were hidden engagements and secret lovers. There was definitely a lot more drama compared to Pride and Prejudice and I’m not going to deny that I enjoyed it.

In the end, I’m really glad I read this because I truly loved it. Austen’s writing is just a work of art that manages to stay relatable even though it was written in the 1800s. I still feel so bad for all the heartbreak that both Elinor and Marianne went through and I just felt so bad for them whenever something happened.

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DISCUSSIONS

PROS AND CONS OF READING ON THE KINDLE

I don’t usually read on the Kindle. Maybe one book a year? I usually pick the physical copy over reading on a Kindle for many reasons but I recently had to use the Kindle because I was reading a series and the library only had the first and the third book. So I decided to get the second book on the Kindle and then proceeded to make a helpful pro/con list.

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1. You can be in any position

You could literally be upside down or on your side or doing yoga and it would be easy to read. You don’t need your hands to hold open the pages or prop it up so you can be doing other stuff and then just take one click to turn the page. I was literally making my breakfast while reading and that makes it very handy. I was also really cold and usually when you read in bed, your arms stick out and get cold but with the Kindle, I could prop it up against my knees and keep my hands warm under the blanket until it was time to turn the page.

2. You don’t need a light to read

This is great for when I woke up early and couldn’t be bothered to get up and turn the light on to read. I just opened the Kindle and it adjusted the light setting so that I could read it in the dark. This is also useful if you have other people sleeping over and they don’t want the light on when they are trying to sleep. And hey, if you are visiting your grandfather’s farm and the power goes out? You don’t need electricity to read!

3. You don’t have to carry around a big book

I’m sure we’ve all faced this before in our lives. Sometimes, you aren’t able to bring your big book around because there isn’t enough space in your bag or you just don’t want to be lugging it around if you’re out all day. With the Kindle, it’s pretty small so it can easily fit in your purse and it doesn’t weigh much at all. Your arms also don’t get tyred of holding it for so long. Plus you can bring hundreds of books with you everywhere at the weight of one!

4. Kindle books are cheaper

If you do read all your books on the Kindle, you are probably saving money that way instead of buying them all. Some classics cost no more than a dollar or sometimes they are even free. However, you don’t get the pleasure of staring down at your newly purchased book and then struggling to find it a place on your shelf.

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1. Finding a particular page is harder

If you feel like flipping back to find a particular scene or page, it’s a lot harder to do on a Kindle. Usually, if you forget the page, you can kind of flip through the pages and skim your eyes over until you find it but on a Kindle, you just have to do a lot of clicking and it takes a lot longer o find your page. There are ways you can bookmark pages but sometimes you forget and it’s hard to find it again.

2. You can’t use pretty Post-its

When I’m reading a really good book and there is one line that just speaks to me and I just have to close my eyes and let it sink in, I usually highlight is or use a Post-it note to keep the page. I especially love when you’ve finished the book and you can look at all those pretty sticky notes that hold all your favourite parts/scenes. This is also good because when you miss the book or the characters or you’re just feeling down, you can go back and read all the parts you highlighted. However, you can’t really do this on the Kindle. You can highlight parts but you don’t get to see all the sticky notes sticking out of the pages.

3. It’s hard to get lost in the story as easily

This is just something I found when I was reading. It was harder for me to get lost in the story and sometimes I would just find myself just mindlessly clicking through the pages. Also, because I’m used to tuning out when I’m on my phone and scrolling through Instagram, my brain kind of approached the Kindle the same way so it was a lot harder to get lost in the story.

4. Let’s face it, it’s just not the same

It’s not that same as holding the book in your hand and feeling the pages and flipping them when you finish the page. You don’t get to smell the pages or admire the cover or hug it or use it to fan yourself. As much as I enjoyed my Kindle experience, it just wasn’t the same as reading

At the end of the day, I will always prefer a physical copy over a Kindle edition. Sometimes, the Kindle makes life a bit easier but as I said, it just isn’t the same.

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