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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The Watchmaker of Filigree Street 

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2017

Genre: Fiction 

There was a lot of talking, and little understanding that the problem would not go away if only one complained sufficently.

This book was a debut and a little odd at that. Very reminiscent of a Haruki novel but less intense.

A young telegrapher finds himself with a mysterious watch. 6 months later, this same watch saves his life from the explosion that tore apart Scotland Yard and he seeks out the watchmaker who turns out to be even more mysterious than anticipated. Believing that his new friend may be the maker of the bomb, our hero tries to get to the bottom of it while experiencing adventure along the way. 

This book was beautifully written with a sense of mysterious circumstance and being in the right place at the right time. As the story unfolded you invest more time into it, only to be disappointed at the ending.

It wasn’t a great book. But it was decent.

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Someday, Someday Maybe 

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham 
☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Fiction 

Anyone can smile on their best day. I’d like to meet a man who can smile on his WORST.

I am a big fan of Lauren. Especially with her work in Gilmore Girls. When looking at her autobiography, I saw she wrote another book so I decided to give it a go.

Franny Banks is a young 27-something up and start actress on the rise. She moved to New York and made herself a deadline to make it big. Other than a few commercials, she has yet to hit the big screen. Running out of time, she finally scores herself an agent (and a beau) but life is filled with suprises. 

This one took longer to read than it should have. It wasn’t BAD but it was missing something. 99% of the book is Fanny flailing around like a guppy out of water than actually problem solving. She’s quite hard on herself as well. Overall it wasn’t too terrible. 

Not likely to reread.

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The Tropic of Cancer

The Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Fiction/Banned Book

The cancer of time is eating us away.

This has been on my list for quite some time. Just because nothing gets better than BANNED BOOK, right?
This is a somewhat autobiographical account of the years that Miller spent in Paris trying to be a writer. I guess. It was heavily dense prose about the cancer that is society and the stain that is humanity and overall, how much of a whore Paris is. It was vulgar to the point of being cringe worthy and a bit racey for the time. I can see why it was banned. XD 

Overall, not a bad read unless your easily offended. In that case, avoid it like the clap. It was beautifully distasteful and was a invigorating look into the cesspool of society.

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Love May Fail 

Love May Fail by Matthew Quick
☆☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Fiction

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

This was the last book I read on the way home from Missoula. 

This was a story about mysterious coincidences coinciding with the past and the present and the future. Portia Kane decides to leave her millionaire pornographer husband and move back home. Back home to her strange and eccentric mother. Home to where she hopes to find hope in her senior English teacher. The man who gave her a card making her a ‘member of the human race.’ The man who encouraged her writing. The man who made her believe she was somebody. Arriving home, she finds out that things have changed beyond her wildest imagination and finds love in the least likely of places. 

No, she doesn’t hook up with the English teacher. XD

This was a book about finding hope when things get too dark. It was about picking yourself up again and again and again because you are human and as a human, you are allowed to be different and allowed to make mistakes. 

Matthew Quick us definitely one of the best authors I’ve come across this year. His writing is compelling, believable, and he is king of the misfits. He has such a good voice while writing, and you feel for his characters. 

Highly recommend anything by him.

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Wonderland

Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo 
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Fiction

…the central importance of an unheard chord, the chord that is never played, that chord that happens after the music ends. How had I missed it for so long? It’s the sound you don’t quite hear, the reversion coming off the top or the side or the edges of a note. Not a silence but a potential sound, a space exactly the shape of what the sound is about to be. Invisible, inaudible, and yet revelatory, what finishes and composes the sequence retrospectively; you discover that it was all going in the end, to the chord that isn’t heard but is only anticipated. Which is to say the last chord happens in the mind of the listener, as he is remembering a sound which in reality he has never heard before. The unheard chord feels like, must feel like, a memory.

Oh boy. I apologize about the book dump I’m about to do. 😉 

This is a fictional account about a washed up rockstar and her lifestyle. After hitting it hard in her younger days, she decides to comeback with a force of reckoning. Her finale. Beautifully written in the form of what is almost music, we take a trip through Europe and the mind of a very sad, deranged woman whose life of drugs, sex and music defined her career. 

I liked this book and found it beautifully written. It was a bit hard to follow at first but for the most part, highly readable. You draw connected to the MC and the cast of shadows that is her past as she tries to remeber who she is and where the music lies.

Recommended to fans of music bios (though fiction) or if you just want a dark good read.

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The Cake Therapist 

The Cake Therapist by Judith Fertig
☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Chick Lit/Fiction

Sometimes you had to look past what was and imagine what could be.

I picked this one up because of the pretty cover. 

A young woman flees New York to start a bakery in her old home town. Filled with rich descriptions of pastries and flavors, this was a book about picking yourself back up after having gone through something terrible. Which in this case, was her super famous football player husband cheating on her. She finds love with an old friend and unravels an old town mystery in the process of building her empire of frosting. 

This was a feel good book and definitely a mystery/chick lit. It swapped back and forth between the past and the present quite a bit which I think pulled from the story. And I was left feeling a bit hungry afterwards. 

It wasn’t bad, but it was a quick feel good read. 🙂

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