Dual Review: Why Jane Eyre and David Copperfield Kick Literary Ass

Good evening ladies and gents!

Guess what, today we’re going highbrow. While I was away doing ALL THE THINGS, I made good progress with The Rory Gilmore Book Challenge (seems fitting considering the Gilmore Girls Revival). I’m really enjoying chronicling my progress with this because these books push me as a reader. Recently I picked up Jane Eyre and David Copperfield, and they both shot straight into my favourites list. While theyre very different stories, they both feel timeless and relevant to modern life. To put it in a non, 19th century way, they kick literary ass!

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Overall Impression: A Gothic, haunting tale of one girl’s fight for independence, dignity and respect in a world that isn’t quite ready for her yet.Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre, oh where do I start with you? What a wonderful book. I make no secret of the fact that I love Gothic 19th century writing. It tickles all the right spots for me. It’s overdramatic and sweeps you down into it’s depths, it’s passionate and strong and willful. It’s emotive and tantalizing to the senses, full of descriptions of grand buildings, dark landscapes and mysterious characters with confusing motives.

So, in case you don’t know that much about Jane Eyre, the book centers around a young lady looking for employment. Continue reading

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DAY 27: A Book That has Been on Your “To Read” List the Longest.

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I am sad to say that there are some books I have had on my shelf for the longest time and completely neglected. I have mentioned before now that I am almost unable to bypass a good book deal, and my literature related whims can be impossible to control. It’s the one area of my life I allow myself to splurge on, everyone needs an outlet and reading is mine! But the problem with books is you have to invest the time, something which can be tough to do in 2013, a world of endless information, social networking, TV channels and music. Not to mention all our responsibilities, from family and friends to education and work.
Possibly my worst bookworm trait is that I get distracted by my current book purchases and so some of my older ones occasionally slip through the cracks and get left on my shelf to collect dust for years! So, allow me to direct you to the realm of my forgotten books. 🙂 Continue reading

Bookish Updates: Goodreads, Flying Books and more!

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Bloggers of the world beware, I just created a Goodreads account. Who knows what could happen now that I’ve been unleashed on these poor people?
Hopefully I’ll manage to find some new bookish friends, but at the very least I’ll be able to keep track of my reading progress.
I’d been dithering over whether to get a Goodreads account for some time, and when I saw that my good blogging friend Summer had created one, I was even more tempted, but I just wasn’t too sure what it’s purpose was. However blogger Michael finally convinced me, and so I’ve set one up! 🙂 You can find my account here. If you have Goodreads, feel free to add me, or leave a link to your own page on the comments section. 🙂 And if you haven’t got Goodreads? Feel free to join me on my journey through the unknown! I’ve been on the site for four days now, and I think I’m starting to get a feel for it, but for those of you that have been on the site for a long time…..any tips? 🙂

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Awesome Video: Girls rap on literature; Goodreads, J.K Rowling, Leo Tolstoy and more!

Ok so this is just a quick post as I came across something the other day and automatically knew that I wanted to share it with you guys. It’s a video called B*tches in Bookshops, a parody or literary interpretation of Jay Z and Kanye West’s song N*ggas in Paris. It had me cracking up in that appreciative way that only bookworms will understand. Plus, it gets a couple of bonus points for featuring several places in New York I got to see when I was on my trip! 😉 Continue reading