We’ve all seen it. We finish a book we love and we eagerly go to to goodreads or another social media platform because we NEED to talk about this book we loved and in the midst of all the other glowing reviews or book discussions there’s 20 comments from people who absolutely HATED it. Not just simple “I didn’t like this book because insert reason here” comments, but scathing, insulting “you must be stupid, your father was a hamster and your mother smelled of elderberries and you are basically the worst if you like this book” or insulting comments towards the author. In a day and age where cyber bullying is widely recognized as a legitimate thing, the book community is the last place I expect to see this kind of thing, but there it is. Over the last few weeks I’ve seen quite a few nasty encounters while scrolling through goodreads and it absolutely boggles my mind. Since when did it become ok to insult others because they like something you don’t? And how dare people insult an author because a book was not for them. What’s worse is that these nasty comments are no longer confined to their own posts, often these types of things get posted in response to someone who writes a positive review. So today I just have a few of things to say. If you are being harassed by one of these losers, paper cut that B. If you are an author who spent countless hours working on a book from your heart, thank you for your hard work and for giving readers one more book to choose from. If you are one of those losers who thinks it’s ok to insult people whether they created something you don’t like or they like something you don’t, cut that shit out. And if you choose to bless me with some insults on social media because I like a book, I will not hesitate to paper cut you.
Kate Granger has the perfect life. She has her dream job and her dream husband all the while being an heiress.
This all changes when she begins having strange dreams about a mysterious young woman and also finds that her husband is having an affair. She runs home to mom and dad to regroup and is shocked when a young woman’s body is washed up on the shore by her parents’ house. Nobody can figure out who the woman is but Kate recognizes her as the woman from her dreams. Now it is up to Kate to figure out what happened to this woman as she rebuilds her own life.
I enjoyed this book enough that I kept reading even when I was thinking “REALLY?!”. The main character was as relatable as an attractive Caucasian heiress with a home on Lake Superior and free access to a quaint Bed and Breakfast and Open Bar can be to me. That being said, I actually did like her and did relate to her struggles. The book is technically a ghost story and I enjoyed the melancholy aspect of it. I enjoyed how the dreams were incorporated and how the book switched between the past and present. The actual writing was ok. Not too descriptive that I learned how the different shades of red on a flower made a character feel and not completely lacking in description either.
The plot was interesting if a little far fetched (but hey it’s a ghost story so I guess that’s ok) and there were a handful of very likeable characters. HOWEVER, there was so much in this book that was a little too good to be true. There does end up being a slight love interest in the book but it strikes me as being too good to be true. The utterly freaking perfect gay guy confidante who happens to be on hand and gives Kate access to open bar at his beautiful bed and breakfast all the while gushing over her was wayyyy too perfect. I found myself wishing he was my best friend and I really enjoyed his character but man if it wasn’t hard to believe.
The ending was a little… much… but again it’s a ghost story so ok. As far as the supernatural is concerned, there are a couple of spooky moments but nothing really scary so I would not consider this horror or even hardcore suspense. I would recommend this book to anyone who’d be interested in a light gothic read.
All in all I enjoyed it and give it 3/5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️
1 Share a link to your club list.
2 When did you join The Classics Club? How many titles have you read for the club? (We are SO CHECKING UP ON YOU! Nah. We’re just asking.) ￼
August 2017 and I have read 17 so far.
3 What are you currently reading?
4 What did you just finish reading and what did you think of it?
Just reread Dracula and loved it just as much as before.
5 What are you reading next? Why?
Brave New World. I’m in a dystopian kind of a mood and I always hear about this book in conjunction with 1984 so we will see.
6 Best book you’ve read so far with the club, and why?
I’d say it’s a toss up between North and South and Dracula.
7 Book you most anticipate (or, anticipated) on your club list?
Anything by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
8 Book on your club list you’ve been avoiding, if any? Why?
Moby Dick. Because I just can’t. I have started this book three or four times and have always ended with me quietly closing the book and placing it back on the shelf.
9 First classic you ever read?
And Then There were None.
10 Toughest classic you ever read?
I had a hard time with Villette because it felt long and I couldn’t identify with any of the characters.
11 Classic that inspired you? or scared you? made you cry? made you angry?
Madame Bovary made me angry and though I understood her frustration a little, I wanted to smack her around a little.
12 Longest classic you’ve read? Longest classic left on your club list?
War and Peace is probably the longest and The Tale of Genji is probably the biggest I haven’t read yet.
13 Oldest classic you’ve read? Oldest classic left on your club list?
Utopia is the oldest I’ve read to completion but I have read parts of works by Plato and other Greek works.
14 Favorite biography about a classic author you’ve read — or, the biography on a classic author you most want to read, if any?
My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass. I was blown away. It read like a fiction novel rather than an autobiography. It was excellent.
15 Which classic do you think EVERYONE should read? Why?
1984. Really makes you think about what it would take to get to that point.
16 Favorite edition of a classic you own, if any?
I own a beautiful copy of The Tale of Genji, the collected works of Jane Austen, and my pop up version of Alice in Wonderland.
17 Favorite movie adaption of a classic?
The most recent adaptation of And Then There Were None.
18 Classic which hasn’t been adapted yet (that you know of) which you very much wish would be adapted to film.
19 Least favorite classic? Why?
So far, I’d have to say The Dumbhouse. I get the whole trying to make you think, but I have a hard time reading about cruelty to children or animals and this one had both.
20 Name five authors you haven’t read yet whom you cannot wait to read.
Emily Bronte (currently reading)
21 Which title by one of the five you’ve listed above most excites you and why?
I’m excited to finish Wuthering Heights because I wasn’t enjoying it at first but I’m starting to really enjoy it and I have heard about this book for years.
22 Have you read a classic you disliked on first read that you tried again and respected, appreciated, or even ended up loving? (This could be with the club or before it.)
Pride and Prejudice. I was not as familiar with the culture and language when I first read it and now I love it and frequently read regency and Victorian literature.
23 Which classic character can’t you get out of your head?
24 Which classic character most reminds you of yourself?
I really identified with Anna Karenina when my first marriage failed.
25 Which classic character do you most wish you could be like?
26 Which classic character reminds you of your best friend?
Merry from Lord of the Rings. She’s cheerful and carefree.
27 If a sudden announcement was made that 500 more pages had been discovered after the original “THE END” on a classic title you read and loved, which title would you most want to keep reading? Or, would you avoid the augmented manuscript in favor of the original? Why?
Lord of the Rings. Hands down.
28 Favorite children’s classic?
ANYTHING by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I loooooove all of her children’s lit.
29 Who recommended your first classic?
Nobody really. I just wanted to read more difficult books and picked up Pride and Prejudice when they released one of the movie adaptations.
30 Whose advice do you always take when it comes to literature. (Recommends the right editions, suggests great titles, etc.)
There are a few people on Booktube who I tend to listen to because they have similar tastes as me.
31 Favorite memory with a classic?
Relaxing with my newborn in my arms and reading through all the Frances Hodgson Burnett children’s classics.
32 Classic author you’ve read the most works by?
Agatha Christie, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Jane Austen.
33 Classic author who has the most works on your club list?
Probably Frances Hodgson Burnett.
34 Classic author you own the most books by?
Agatha Christie. See my Agatha Christie Collection.
35 Classic title(s) that didn’t make it to your club list that you wish you’d included? (Or, since many people edit their lists as they go, which titles have you added since initially posting your club list?)
I added My Cousin Rachel because I found a copy of it and wanted to read it.
36 If you could explore one author’s literary career from first publication to last — meaning you have never read this author and want to explore him or her by reading what s/he wrote in order of publication — who would you explore? Obviously this should be an author you haven’t yet read, since you can’t do this experiment on an author you’re already familiar with. ￼ Or, which author’s work you are familiar with might it have been fun to approach this way?
I am sort of doing this right now with the Project Poirot that I’m participating in. Reading all of her Poirot books in order. It has been interesting to see how Christie’s handling of characters and plot progresses.
37 How many rereads are on your club list? If none, why? If some, which are you most looking forward to, or did you most enjoy?
There are four re reads on my list. I have already re read Dracula but I am very excited to re read Persuasion and War and Peace.
38 Has there been a classic title you simply could not finish?
Moby Dick has been like this for me but I intend to get through it before this challenge is over.
39 Has there been a classic title you expected to dislike and ended up loving?
Dracula. With all the cheesy movie adaptations I expected the worst and it ended up being one of my all time faves.
40 Five things you’re looking forward to next year in classic literature?
Reading more nonfiction and translations from eastern literature.
41 Classic you are DEFINITELY GOING TO MAKE HAPPEN next year?
Mythology by Edith Hamilton.
42 Classic you are NOT GOING TO MAKE HAPPEN next year?
This one depends on my mood.
43 Favorite thing about being a member of the Classics Club?
Finding titles I’ve never heard of and sharing a love of classic literature.
44 List five fellow clubbers whose blogs you frequent. What makes you love their blogs?
I will have to come back to this question later because I haven’t really come across many.
45 Favorite post you’ve read by a fellow clubber? See above.
46 If you’ve ever participated in a readalong on a classic, tell about the experience? If you’ve participated in more than one, what’s the very best experience? the best title you’ve completed? a fond memory? a good friend made?
I began a readalong of Crime and Punishment with my cousin and it didn’t work out the way I’d like because he didn’t read at the same pace as I did and it wasn’t a priority the way it was for me. We ended up finally having a little discussion about it long after I had finished the book.
47 If you could appeal for a readalong with others for any classic title, which title would you name? Why?
Moby Dick so I have to finish and because other people’s thoughts might help me to see the book from a different perspective and be more inclined to finish.
48 How long have you been reading classic literature?
Off and on since I was 13.
49 Share up to five posts you’ve written that tell a bit about your reading story. Reviews, journal entries, posts on novels you loved or didn’t love, lists, etc.
50 Question you wish was on this questionnaire? (Ask and answer it!)
How has Reading classics affected your life?
I think I am more aware of the world around me. When I’m in certain situations, I might think “wow, this is just like in insert book title here!” I feel like I have a better appreciation for different human natures and let’s face it, my vocabulary is fabulous now. 😉
So this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about bookish merchandise and since I’m always on the look out for bookish merch, I thought I’d participate and check out all the other bloggers’ lists as well. I was originally going to include bookish merchandise that I own, but finally decided against in case this post mysteriously makes it into my husband’s web browser this Christmas season.
Husband: “Nicky, what’s this?”
Me: *wide eyed* “huh? what?”
H: “this” *points to my blog post in his browser*
me: *deer in headlights* “I dunno” *breaks into a mumble*
If you are not aware, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl’s blog and it is fun to go check out other bloggers’ responses to the weekly prompts. So without further ado, here are 10 bookish items I want in my life that I don’t have already.
Matilda was one of the first Roald Dahl books I ever read and this shirt is adorable.
I have a love hate relationship with subscription boxes but this one is in my future.
Because why wouldn’t I want to hang up a poster of the full book? This is definitely an item I plan to buy. I might even put this in the guest bathroom for those guests that forget their smart phones 🙂
A shirt for one of my all time favorite books? Yes please.
While I’ve been eyeing a sterling silver book locket for months, I had to include a picture of this one because I love Tolkien.
Do I need an excuse to want another book?
Socks for my little one to run around in and tear up the house
A pillow to prop my my big head up when I stay up to 3am reading
This kickass mug
Ideal for coffee or booze.
I love ballcaps and I love books. Enough said.
It’s Shelfie Sunday and I thought I would start off this series with a topic I’ve been thinking about for a few days now.
While scrolling through Bookstagram recently, it hit me that while I may LOVE gazing lovingly at my bookshelves, they look nothing like those beautiful every-book-the-same-size rainbow organized shelves I see.
Sure I own some pop funkos and flowers that I display and I love decorating them for the holidays. And sure, I have some beautiful editions of books. But I display them alongside my well loved paperbacks and mismatched series. But I’ve also run out of room so I double stack my books wherever they fit. My organization makes sense only to me and now that I’ve resorted to double stacking, my books are less “organized” and more… let’s say (air quotes) “haphazardly arranged wherever the f they fit.” I’m in the market for a new shelf so I will be rearranging them back into a more cohesive system soon, but as of right now, we are stuffing books everywhere.
I get a lot of pleasure out of scrolling through bookstagram but I get the same pleasure out of walking around a library or a musty smelling used book store and just looking around. The same pleasure I get from my own shelves. I just love books and anytime there’s a stack of them somewhere, I look and I admire.
So despite my tacky arrangement of pop funkos, anime characters, and random memorabilia I’ve collected while traveling the world, I can honestly say that I believe my shelves have a lot of character. My shelves may not conform to the modern ideal of sleek shelves full of perfectly placed decor and hardback books, but they are beautiful to me and more importantly, they are full of friends both old and new, books I love. ❤️❤️
*As an afterthought I’d like to say that I just discovered the #messybooks posts on bookstagram and I’m in love*
So does anyone else suffer from messy books syndrome?
Hello fellow readers. Today I wanted to discuss a book that really disturbed me. I am still gathering my thoughts and I am unsure as to whether I liked or hated this book. The book in question is… the Dumb House by John Burnside.
A brief synopsis:
Young Luke is fascinated with the secrets of the human soul and how it relates to human language. He becomes obsessed with a story his mother told him as a child about the Dumb House, a palace where children were raised in complete seclusion and never hearing human speech. He decided to conduct his own experiment with children and creates his own version of the Dumb House.
The book is told from Luke’s perspective and I have to say that it was very disturbing to be inside the mind of a psychopath. The book opens where it eventually ends and we go back into Luke’s childhood and his relationship with his parents. From the onset it is very apparent that his family environment is unhealthy. Without over analyzing, I saw that he was governed completely by his mother who haunts the rest of the story. His relationship with his father is almost nonexistent. As he grows older, his twisted tendencies go unchecked (you might even say that they were encouraged) and he takes it upon himself to begin experimenting on animals seeking answers about life and the question of where soul comes into play. His later relationships with other characters are twisted and when he performs his biggest “experiment” I was appalled.
As a human and especially as a mother I was completely disgusted and uncomfortable throughout the whole book. I found certain parts very difficult to read.
The writing was excellent. The sentence structure and language were well done and narrating the book from Luke’s thoughts were a great way to present such disturbing content. I was inside his mind the entire time and I was uncomfortable even while I kept reading. Beginning the book at the end and then working from his childhood to the end was probably the best way this story could have been told. While I would consider it a psychological thriller, it is not the quickest paced book out there. Nevertheless, even with the disturbing content and relatively slow pace, I found myself turning pages wanting to know what happened next and hoping it wouldn’t get any worse. It did.
All in all I found it to be disturbingly interesting though I probably won’t read this again. This is not a book I’d recommend to everyone but if you are looking for something disturbing to read that isn’t as gory as some other more horror type books than this might be worth your time (though I’d recommend checking out my warning below).
This books contains elements of child abuse, possible child molestation, rape, exploiting of mental illness, and cruelty to animals.
If you’ve read this book please tell me what you thought. I’m still gathering my thoughts and can’t tell how I’d rate it but I’d love to discuss with someone.
Greetings fellow readers! I am beyond excited we recently said goodbye to summer and hello to fall. Even though I typically veer towards gothic reads, I am still a mood reader but fall always tends to put me in an even more gothic mood than usual so I find myself reading a lot of more melancholy books this time of year. So today I thought I’d discuss some books that are creepy enough for this time of year but are considered classic literature. Being the fan of Gothic fiction that I am, this is right up my alley and I had a lot of fun coming up with classic titles that embody the eery atmosphere that we all like to come across in books during this time of year.
1. Dracula by Bram Stoker
I love the format of this book and it remains one of my favorite books of all time.
2. Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier
Melancholy and full of suspense. The setting and the suspense make this story a great fall read.
3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
I have a love/hate relationship with this one. Dr. Frankenstein is a character I want to reach through the pages and shake some sense into but it is fascinating and has very creepy parts.
4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Another all time favorite. Typical gothic fiction complete with mansion, brooding man and young female heroine.
5. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
The book that kindled my love for Agatha Christie and scared the pants off 13 year old me.
6. 1984 by George Orwell
The paranoia in this book makes it terrifying. Definitely enjoyed this.
7. In a Closed Room by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Nothing at all like her other works (which I love). This one has ghosts and children. Spooky and sad.
8. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Anne Radcliffe
I am still reading this one but definitely worthy of being on this list.
9. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
You can’t get much more gothic and suspenseful than this book. A worthy classic that I loved.
10. Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell
I am currently reading and enjoying so far. This is a collection of shorter stories that are all creepy in a different way.
So that’s it. I decided to keep this shorter because I could have kept going on and on. If you have any creepy classics you think I should try please recommend them to me!