Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Books Lately

Hello books books and more books. Holidays and flying mean tons of reading time for me. Plus it's cold, and outside is no fun.

Longbourn - Jo Baker - 1 Star

I was weary of this one because Sarah wasn't a huge fan, and I've never read a P&P variation from someone's point of view that wasn't a main character. I still had high hopes because it seemed more popular and 'normal' as in I saw it in bookstores and such. But it was so unbelievably boring, not to mention just atrociously written. The characters, the plot, ugh. No. Would not recommend this to anyone, P&P fan or not. This would go under 'books I wish I hadn't read'. I normally don't review P&P variations and sequels because they are my guilty pleasure, but I don't want anyone to pick this up and think 'well I can't read P&P so I'll read this instead' - NO. Put it down and walk away slowly. Or super fast. Get away.
Dear Mr Knightley - Katherine Reay - 3 Stars

I really wanted to love this book - it's been on my list for so long and has such a pretty cover.  If I gave half stars, it would be 3.5. Maybe. It was an okay book, definite flaws, some things annoyed me and I guessed the 'twist' immediately.It was a easy, light read. Some of it was over the top and not realistic. It's apparently a retelling of 'Daddy Long Legs' which I had never heard of. I don't know. I'm not mad I read it, I don't think I would recommend it to anyone unless they are an Austen fan - the references and quoting even got old to me - me!

Midnight in Austenland - Shannon Hale - 4 Stars

I really enjoyed this book. It has its flaws of course, and it's nowhere near as good as Austenland but it's still funny and adorable. I didn't know it was a mystery going into it, but I enjoyed it still. I think Shannon Hale's writing is unique and both books are good reads for chick lit lovers and Janeites alike.

Prada and Prejudice - Katie Oliver - 3 Stars

Biana recommended this to me and it was 99 cents, so.... It's the first in the Dating Mr Darcy series, I also read Love and Liability which is #2 in the series, but didn't think the 3rd book Mansfield Lark was worth the $2.50 price tag. Yes, for reals. They are ok books, easy, quick, light, cheesy. Nothing serious. Nothing amazing. There were some parts that were cringe worthy and others were I felt like I'd read this story before.. not just because they are based on Austen's work, but they seemed similar to other books I'd read. Eh. They were ok, not mad I read them but I wouldn't read them again.
Sense & Sensibility - Jane Austen - 5 Stars

I freaking loved this. Duh. I could go on and on about why this book is amazing, but it's all been said before. Love. Books like this are the reason that classics are still around.



Emma - Jane Austen - 5 Stars


Well, obviously I loved this. It's Emma. It took me forever to get past the first couple of pages, but once I was into it I loved it. And you would too - if you don't want to read it, watch the cute BBC series or Clueless.










Geez how many Austen related books can a person read in a month? What can I say, can't get enough.


Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins - 4 Stars

I also read Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After which are #2 and #3 in this series. There isn't much to say about these books except they are totally adorable and fun reads. Definitely recommend all of them. Perfect 'beach' reads, I think.


The Kitchen House - Kathleen Grissom - 5 Stars

Ok. So I'm just gonna start off by saying I know less than zero about American History. Some reviews said this book was a bit too heavy on the stereotypes and was historically inaccurate in some parts... I didn't notice because like I said, I was ignorant. But seriously. This book was amazing and wonderful and all the good things a book should be. I couldn't put it down and I felt everything the main characters were feeling - I even felt a bit naive at some parts, like the main character. I truly loved this book and highly recommend. I read a lot of ebooks and rarely buy a paperback unless I am certain I am going to love it, or after I have already read the ebook and loved it - this way I don't fill my bookshelves with books I don't love. I am going to buy this book in paperback, that's how much I loved it.

My True Love Gave to Me - Various Authors - 3 Stars

I am not a fan of short stories in general. I absolutely loved some of the stories, whereas some were pretty bad or just okay. Which is why I don't love short stories. But I really enjoyed a few, so it was worth it. Read for Kay & Kari's book club.


Yes Please - Amy Poehler - 4 Stars

I didn't know much about Amy Poehler, I don't watch her show, and I have never seen an episode of SNL in my life. I have seen her host the Golden Globes with Tina Fey, and that baby mama movie, so I knew enough to want to read the book. I listened to it- and I strongly urge you to as well- and I really enjoyed it. Some parts are funnier than others, some are kinda boring, but overall I thought it was good.
Thoughts: 
- The part about the demon made me cry. Very awkward whilst running, but I needed it.
- Good for her, not for me - my new motto.




Skimmers, I would recommend Yes Please, The Kitchen House or the Anna and The French Kiss books.

I am currently on book 4 of The Jessica Darling Series (absolutely freaking love and can't wait to finish!!) and book 5 of the The Mortal Instruments Series (was struggling to finish but then talked to Kari and now I can't wait to read it).

Linking up with Jana & Steph for show us your books! Also with Rebecca for her super awesome winter reading challenge.

Life According to Steph




Meanwhile, as you read this I am probably sobbing my poor little heart out at the dentist. Virtual hugs appreciated.

Have you read anything decent lately?



51 comments:

  1. I really wish I could say that I've read Emma and Sense & Sensibility, but sadly I haven't yet. I did enjoy both in movie form though! Yes Please is another one I've been eyeing up, so I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it. Hope the dentist wasn't too painful! I loathe going to the dentist. My future sister-in-law is a hygienist and I wouldn't even want to let her near me. Actually it might be worse when it's someone you know! Oh well, one of those things in life that must be done!

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  2. lol - I read Longbourn and I thought it was ok. Not great, but ok. Apart from the whole thing about that guy walking around in Spain. That was dull.

    I also loved sense and sensibility - but I was almost disappointed as I had seen the movie and was totally loving that and had hoped for more juiy details in the book about Marianne and Colonel Brandon

    Cecilia

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  3. good for her, not for me. LOVE that! really wish i would have listened to Yes Please instead of reading it. ah well xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  4. I love that you're loving Jessica Darling, those books literally got me through life! I never realized the Emma - Clueless connection until I randomly happened to watch Emma right before watching Clueless. Such a cute movie! I'm going to add The Kitchen House to my list! I've seen it around a little bit, but never really looked into what it was about.

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  5. i listened to yes please on audiobook...i think it was funnier that way!

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  6. AH! I read the Jessica Darling books in college and L-O-V-E-D them. I had a friend who had them and I would stay up until I'd finished one, then immediately knock on her door for the next one. She's hilarious and her family is kinda terrible. Love it. I reallyreallyreally need to read S&S and Emma...

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  7. I love the stephanie perkins books! I haven't read the isla one yet (still on the waiting list from the library, sigh) but just thought the other two were totally adorable.

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  8. This post came at the perfect time... I was perusing Amazon last night for some good new books to read and was struggling to find ones that looked promising enough. I'm going to have to check out some of these for sure!

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  9. Sense and sensibility and Emma have been two of my faves forever. Classics for a bloddy reason I agree!!! Yes please was good and so was anna and the french kiss... i think I have a review of that one up. All good reads girlie. Last month was tought work-wise so it was a whole lot of law book reading and not a lot of real happy reading. Ah well lol

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  10. Felt the same way about the .99 cent book...not terrible, not great, just happy I'm done with it LOL!! Off to download anna and the french kiss now!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  11. I am so glad you enjoyed the Kitchen House! I really enjoyed that one too and thought it was excellent. I think the only other one I've read here is the Mortal Instruments series. Light and entertaining but...like 3.5 stars. LOL Also, let me take a moment to tell you I made it to 70% yesterday thanks to you! I WILL finish this book this month!

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  12. Great post! Lots to pick from! I'm always looking for new reads!

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  13. The Kitchen House sounds like a good one! How have you never seen SNL??? Please go watch a "best of" episode for me. I would recomend Will Ferrell:)

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  14. Yay so excited for book recs! These will definitely help with my reading goals for the year! :)

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  15. Ugh, dentist is the worst!

    Yay for books :) I love the BBC miniseries of Emma :) i'm hoping to read Persuasion soon because I have another book on my shelf which is based on it, but I have to read Persuasion first.

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  16. I'm so glad I saw this post because, being the Jane Austen fan that I am, I love anything related to her stories so I probably would have picked them up. I have Austenland on my to read list already. I absolutely loved S&S and Emma but P&P will always be my all time fav.

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  17. I always look forward to your reviews.
    Prada & Prejudice is probably more my speed :)
    I told you - The Kitchen House is fantastic!!! I think I want to read again.
    How do you not know Amy Poehler?!??!?! Maybe you need to have a YouTube day of watching her on SNL :)
    Thanks for linking up friend!!!

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  18. I finally finished Gone Girl on my plane ride up to New York. I was very proud lol. I really want to read the Amy Poehler book. My one friend was telling me about an app that lets you download from the library and I think I should do that because I now have a much longer commute. Definitely saving this one so I can start adding to the collection!

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  19. Hope you're doing ok at the dentist!!! Amy Poehler's book is next on my list. I actually really love short stories so I may have to check out that holiday collection (and help keep Christmas going, haha!).

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  20. I have the Amy Poehler book on my list. I am glad you liked it!

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  21. I read the Cuckoos Calling, a mystery book by JK Rowling that she wrote under pseudonym. It was a little longer than I think it needed to be but I just love the way she writes so it didn't really bother me.

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  22. I'm adding the good ones to my to read list! I'm actually reading Cinder now - I'm only at the beginning but I like it so far.

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  23. Um I loved the Mortal Instruments series. cue dork/geek comment. The movie was awful, but I really liked the books. Glad you are reading Austen's other classics! Good luck at the dentist :)

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  24. I love the idea of Good for her, not for me. So good.

    I added The Kitchen House to my list.

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  25. Holy Moley, you've read so many books recently! I kind of really want to read Yes Please (at first I wasn't sure if I wanted to but now I do!)... The Kitchen House too!!

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  26. I have Yes, Please on my list to read as well as that Christmas small stories book (but for next Christmas) haha!

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  27. I can't wait to get my hands on Yes, please! I love when comics write books. I've read Joan Rivers book "I hate everyone starting with me" and loved Mindy Kalings book "is everyone hanging out without me?"
    Thanks for the suggestions!

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  28. YESSS The Kitchen House was one of my favorites. Now I want to reread ;)

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  29. So many books this month! You go girl! Amy's books is on my list to read. Short stories can be so hit or miss, sometimes they just end up feeling unfinished.

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  30. I love how many of us read Amy's book last month! The Kitchen House sounds like something I would enjoy since I'm a huge American history nerd. I had heard about My True Love Gave to Me but haven't read it. I might keep it in the back of my mind for a reading drought.

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  31. I am so loving your book selection girl. I definitely have to pick up Prada or Prejudice. That just seems like a fun book to read. Great choices.

    Kay of Pure & Complex
    www.purecomplex.com

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  32. Wow, that is a lot of Austen themed books!

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  33. I'm obviously loving your update about the Jessica Darling series. CANNOT WAIT FOR YOU TO FINISH. And I just bought Yes Please to start reading whenever I get around to finishing Wild and I can't wait to read it. I freaking ADORE Amy Poehler and she's a total role model for me. Glad you liked it. Have you read Bossypants by Tina Fey?

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  34. I definitely want to read The Kitchen House. I didn't know Austenland had a sequel- will need to check it out!

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  35. I gave up on Longbourn about a quarter of the way through, it was absolute pants! So glad I am not the only one who didn't like it! I haven't read Sense and Sensibility yet - I really should do right away because I loved Austen!

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  36. I'll have to look up Midnight in Austenland!

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  37. Hope the dentist went well! Sorry you had some not so great reads this month. I'm not big into short stories either. I like to get immersed into a story, and short stories aren't long enough for that ;) I've added the Kitchen House to the to-read list, sounds interesting.

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  38. I'm gonna add your thoughts and comments to my book challenge group page. I'm pretty certain you'll be okay with that. I am definitely reading The Kitchen House sometime soon!

    I'm weird. I think I am the only person who likes the dentist.

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    1. yes, erin. you are the only person who likes the dentist. the only good thing about going there is the nitrous.

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  39. hey there! i'm coming over from erin's book challenge facebook page. i've been keeping a running tally of the books i've read over the past couple of years (it's not nearly as long as i'd like for it be), but i've got them in order of most-loved to least-loved: http://goo.gl/nMJ8Kz,

    i'd started anna and the french kiss a while back, but lost interest. i'll suppose i should give it another chance.

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  40. Girl, you read a LOT of books! Good for you! I wish I had more time to read all these wonderful books. The older I have gotten the more I've found myself appreciating non-fiction. I recently re-read The Happiness Hypothesis. I love that book. I love any book that I can stop start. :o)

    V
    Life+1

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  41. Loved the Kitchen House! Enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss and I am on hold at the library for Yes, Please. You had a great reading month!

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  42. I love when you do a book recap. I'm looking for different things to read and you always have the best suggestions!

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  43. The amount of reading you do always blows my mind; I love it! Kitchen House was one of my recent favorites too! I'm currently finishing up Some Luck which is the first in a preplanned trilogy and I am really liking it!

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  44. I love when you post about your books, even though my TBR list gets longer each time! I have Yes Please and it is next on my list! Kitchen house just made it to that list as well!! I think I should start checking out these audiobooks you talk about too!!

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  45. I haven't read Dear Mr. Knightly, yet. I read the author's newer book, Lizzy and Jane, earlier this week. Loved it!

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  46. The Kitchen house looks/sounds great! I haven't really read any P&P themed books.. so not much input there. I watched Clueless for the first time at the end of the year, it was cute. I think it made me want to consider reading Emma more. I think I mentioned before in the past I haven't been a big fan of Paltrow's Emma. :) I bought a book in New Orleans on New Orleans style, which was a lot of interesting history on the city too. I liked it. Planning to build (read: put together) a new (Target, prefab) bookcase tonight to house the overflow from my collection... and then maybe I can get a better look to choose some on deck choices. :) Having a party Friday and adopting our little one-eyed pirate kitten on Saturday morning... so maybe after that I'll get a little reading time in. :) XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  47. I took the same "Good for her, not for me" line away from Yes, Please. I've been an Amy Poehler fan forever, but reading this made me love her even more.

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  48. So many books! I'm impressed! I'm trying to read more historical fiction this year, so I'm glad you found a good one. Just added The Kitchen House to my reading list.

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  49. Of these, I've only read Emma. It wasn't my favourite, but once I got through the fist chapters I liked it. I gave it 4 stars :-)

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