Showing posts from August, 2012

Book Review: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Catherine Morland is a seventeen year old young woman who has a penchant for reading Gothic stories.
A Gothic story was a popular writing style in the 18-19th centuries, containing elements of both supernatural or horror, and romance. The stories have an environment of a mysterious dark castle or estate. This setting fills the readers mind with the thought some creature is going to pop-out from behind a curtain.
Jane Austen in Northanger Abbey takes a step further by writing a Gothic parody. She has written a story that makes light fun of a young womans over-active imagination. 
Catherine is the daughter of a country clergyman. She has an older brother named James. The Morland family is a respectable family, they are neither poor, nor or they wealthy. Catherine and her family are described as "plain looking." At age fifteen she began to "blossom". Jane Austen does not introduce Catherine to us in flattering descriptions, but does tell us she is to be a "he…

What are Your Feelings About Fifty Shades of Grey?

Recently in the Fort Worth Star Telegram there were two articles about the book Fifty Shades of Grey.

No, I don't plan to read this trilogy. But, I know a few people who have. More have stated what a waste of money they spent on buying the first book. They don't plan to read the other two in the series. I asked a few of the people who work at a nearby Barnes and Nobles I frequent, how they felt about the book. They admitted the book was selling faster than they could replace them back on the bookshelves. They also expressed how poorly written the books were. I don't believe readers are buying the books in order to read a well-written story.
What are your feelings about these books?
You probably want to know why I won't be reading them, right?
1. You should see…

Book Review: Lady Susan, The Watsons and Sandition by Jane Austen

For the month of August I'm in an Austen in August Reading Challenge, for more information click on link.
I will admit that I am not a fan of any of the three stories in this one volume by Penguin Classic. They were okay. One I liked better than the other.

Lady Susan is an epistolary. Epistolary was a popular way of writing a novel during the 18th century. It is written in the form of a letter or letters.
Jane began writing Lady Susan in 1793 or 1794, it was published in 1871 posthumously by her nephew J. E. Austen-Leigh.
Lady Susan is a wealthy widow in her late thirties. She has a daughter named Frederica that is approaching an age where she will be marriageable. Lady Susan is a gossip, flirtatious, calculating, devious, deceitful, a plotter, arrogant, prideful, disdainful, spoiled, and selfish.
Lady Susan has a plan to marry her daughter to someone she does not love, or like. Lady Susan's family perceives s…

A Poesy Crevice

"A Poesy Crevice" is will be a weekly feature on this blog. I've posted a couple and have had a fair amount of comments.

In "A Poesy Crevice" post I will give a poem, quote, verse, maybe a phrase from a book, or maybe like today I'll ask a question about what the love of reading means to you? 

I love quotes, poems, phrases, words, strong and or eccentric verbs, colloquialisms, language, figures of speech, expression, rhyme, rhetoric, prose, reading aloud, cadence, the printed word, literacy, strong characters whether good or bad, fluency, a plot that unfolds with surprises, some kind of closure at the end of a story, and dimensional characters.

What do you love about reading?
Express how you feel about the written word?

September in Paris Reading Challenge 2012

Since I'm already in the process of reading two books for review, one of them has a posting deadline of September 6, and both are with the background of Paris, France. I decided to read a few more books with the theme of Paris and make it a challenge for the month of September.
The two books I'm currently reading are:
I plan to add a few more.
Would you like to join me?

E Book Review: A Memoir of Jane Austen by J.E. Austen Leigh

A Memoir of Jane Austen was re-published in 1871, originally published in 1869. The re-published edition included two of her unfinished stories, Lady Susan and Sandition. A Memoir of Jane Austen was written by her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh. His memories of aunt Jane was when he was a young boy. He mentioned in this memoir that "he was the youngest at her funeral." He remembers Jane as being "sweet-tempered, loving-heart, kind, sympathizing, amusing," she made an impression on him as well as all his cousins. In A Memoir of Jane Austen Austen-Leigh gives family information leading back to Jane's parents and the events that brought them together, her siblings and their spouses, as well as the careers of Jane's brothers. Jane had one sister three years older named Cassandra. They would remain close all of Jane's life, even sharing the same bedroom "till separated by death." Austen-Leigh does not mention in the memoir another brother named G…

A Poesy Crevice

"The critic leaves at curtain fall
To find, in starting to review it,
He scarcely saw the play at all
For starting to review it."
E.B. White

How do you feel about this quote from E.B. White? 

Austen in August, 2012

Adam @ Roof Beam Reader has created an Austen in August project. I know Adam through
The Classics Club.
Thank you Adam for putting this reading project together.
The books I plan to read in August are:
1. In one volume---Lady Susan, The Watsons and Sandition
2. Northanger Abbey

Book Blogger Hop, August 3 Through August 9, 2012

Thank you to Crazy-For-Books for this weekly meme.

"When a book goes "viral" (Hunger Games, Fifty Shades, Twilight),  do you rush out to read it like everyone else, even if it's not in your typical genre?"

Heck no---I do not! (my quick response.)
I have so many other books to read, more books I'd rather read, then to read a book based solely on hype.
I do see these books in stores and I'll pick them up and read a few pages to see for myself. Often these books are "hyped-up," overly commercialized, sensationalistic, tantalizing. It reminds me of the most popular kid on the school ground. This kid is popular for a while, till someone else more popular comes along.
I read books I want to read, not because others are reading it, or the majority of humans on earth is reading it. Thank goodness I live in a country where I do have the freedom to read what I want! 

Book Review: Mary Tudor by David Loades

I ordered this book through Amazon UK and Amberley Books November of 2011. I'm happy to state I was finally able to catch up in my TBR stack and read this book.
Mary Tudor, only surviving child of the union between Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII. After her birth and several years into their marriage, life for them fell apart. Henry wanted a son. It did not matter that he was legally married and that Catherine was queen. It did not matter that Rome said their union was under God. Henry wanted a (legally born) son. He began an affair with Anne Boleyn. He became head of the Church of England, breaking free from the Catholic Church in Rome. He divorced Catherine under a semi-valid reason. He married Anne Boleyn a woman he had to obtain. Their only living child was Elizabeth. Henry and Anne's union fell apart shortly after they were married. The heated passion they'd had, turned to quarreling and discord. Henry married again, and again, for a total of six times.
Mary had b…

Scene of the Blog!

Cathy @ Kittling: Books has graciously hosted my blog @ Impressions In Ink as the Scene of the Blog for the week of August 1.
Cathy thank you so much, you are a sweetheart!
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