Emma

Emma by Jane Austen
☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2017

Genre: Classic/Fiction 

A mind lively and at ease, can do with seeing nothing, and can see nothing that does not answer.

I read this one because I came across a scholarship that basically posed a question in regards to Emma and how does it compare to today’s time. 

For an Austen book, I read this one fairly quick. Of the 3 I have managed to get through (incl: Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility), this one has to be my least favorite. (As I can’t remember anything from S&S). 

Emma Woodhouse is a privileged massive pain in the ass. She feels like she’s better than those around her and takes it upon herself to take another young woman under her wing and make her into something that fits societies standards. All the while looking down on those around her. Of course things fall apart and she finds herself more humbled by the end of the book. 

Mr. Knightly didn’t deserve her. 

If your an Austen fan, yay! I find her dry and almost unreadable. It gets me to sleep faster. But I do like the look into a different era of women.

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Slaughter-house Five 

Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut 
☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Scifi/Classic

This was my first Vonnegut book and I have been told to read him by my roommate for awhile now. I asked him what his favorite was and he told me it was this one. 

I like hardcore scifi to an extent. This one was about a man, trapped in an endless time loop who gets abducted by aliens at some point in his life and he is forced to relive the destruction of Dresden, Germany during his stint in WWII. 

First off, I have a hard time with books that tend to jump around. My dyslexia has a hard time comprehending things on that level of nonsense. It took about 3/4 of the way through to kinda map it out and it ended well. I did enjoy it for the most part but I’m not likely to reread it. Maybe. 

Kurt comes highly recommend so I will continue with his works. 🙂

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A Wrinkle in Time 

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016 

Genre: Juvenile Fiction/Classic 

I read this once as a kid and I couldn’t get my mind around it. I didn’t dislike it, but I didn’t much like it either. I remeber trying to start the second one and then never finishing it. 
As an adult, I find my opinion hasn’t changed but it makes more sense to an adult mind. I didn’t much care for Meg, I still skipped over the religious bits, and wasn’t left with much at the end. 
It’s not a bad book, don’t get me wrong. It’s very good at defining love as the ultimate master over darkness. And what is darkness? Is it the devil? Is it hatred? Is it ill will in general? Is it the government? Who knows what IT is. 
I have placed the second book on hold and we’ll see if it makes a difference for me.

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Time Cat

Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander

☆☆☆☆/5
Genre: Juvenile Fiction/Classic

12/Clearly not 40 THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Just Because Book

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“Where do you think cats go when you are looking all over and can’t find them?…And have you ever noticed a cat suddenly appear in a room when you were sure the room was empty? Or disappear and you can’t imagine where he went?”

This was a fun and delightful quick read. It follows after Jason and Gareth, a beautiful black cat with a strange white marking upon his chest. Apparently cats don’t have 9 lives, but they can’t visit 9 points in time. Jason and Gareth take off on an adventure through different points in history and shows different civilizations the importance of cats.

I loved this book and thought it captured the mannerisms of cats perfectly. It was also a good rendition of brief history for young readers. From Egypt to Ireland, you meet a cast of famous historical figures.

I highly recommend this to any cat lover. 🙂 (and I always knew cats had a built in Tardis!!)

“What civilization would be complete without a cat? What greater blessing to the home than a kindly watchful eye of this tiger of the fireside?”

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