It’s A Classic Thing | Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf Mid-Point Check-In

 

 

First let’s talk readability, because this pretty much entailed my initial reaction to this book. Gah! This book has no chapters! Such a small thing to throw me off, but I have to be honest with you this no chapter thing is exhausting. I need my chapter breaks so I know when to stop reading and take a break. In addition to the lack of chapters the style of writing that focuses on inner narration is bit like following the Rabbit down into Wonderland. Holy hell I found it so confusing at first. I had to keep going back and re-reading paragraphs over because what I read was not sitting with me. The story feels like it is pure ambient noise and literally about nothing. I’m still wondering what the hell it is about and what the author is trying to say. Hopefully it will become clearer the farther into the book I go.

So I touched on the things I am not really enjoying so far in my initial reaction to the beginning of this book. I’d like to say that I’m not totally hating it, it just hasn’t clicked with me yet. I am enjoying all the movement going on around Clarissa Dalloway as she goes through her day. Woolf keeps marking the time as the day progresses as well along with all the movement so I’m guessing that is going to play a part in this story. I’m not sure but that’s just the impression I’m getting at this half-way point. I can’t say there is any one character that I like or dislike at this point. I need to read a bit more before I can determine that because they are all just a blur right now. They come and go so fast.

I am annotating as I read and here are some lines that I like so far.

“She would not say of any one in the world that they were this or were that. She felt very young; at the same time unspeakably aged. She sliced like a knife through everything; at the same time was outside, looking on. She had a perpetual sense, as she watched the taxi cabs, of being out, far out to the sea and alone; she always had the feeling that it was very, very dangerous to live even one day. Not that she thought herself clever, or much out of the ordinary. How she had got through life on the few twigs of knowledge Fraulein Daniels gave them she could not think. She knew nothing; no language, no history; she scarcely read a book now, except memoirs in bed; and yet to her it was absolutely absorbing; all this; the cabs passing; and she would not say of Peter, she would not say of herself, I am this, I am that.”

“One feels even in the midst of the traffic, or waking at night, Clarissa was positive, a particular hush, or solemnity; an indescribable pause; a suspense before Big Ben strikes. There! Out it boomed. First a warning, musical; then the hour, irrevocable.”

Let’s chat! Are you reading along? If so, what are some of your favorite lines that you have read so far?

Happy reading!

 

On Point (Out of Uniform #3) by Annabeth Albert

Imagine having someone you trust to have your back whether you are at home or out on a mission. Imagine developing a bond so strong with that someone that they become your best friend. Now imagine falling in love with that person. Would you risk that friendship for a chance to have it all? On Point is a friends to lovers story that follows navy SEALS, Maddox and Ben. This is book three in the Out of Uniform series by Annabeth Albert. I have not read the previous books, but I had no problem following this one since each book in the series follows a separate couple.

Maddox and Ben are on a mission to rescue the kidnapped sons of two senators. Things don’t go as planned and the two men are separated from their team deep in the middle of enemy territory. Both men are injured, but through Ben’s sheer stubborn determination they both manage to survive. Once back home on medical leave the tension builds between them as Maddox and Ben are forced to deal with the feelings that have developed between them.

I really enjoyed this slow burning romance. The chemistry between Maddox and Ben is off the charts hot. Their solid foundation of friendship and shared history make the transition from friends to lovers feel natural. Witnessing Maddox and Ben discovering how to navigate the changes and obstacles that they have to face while trying to maintain their relationship was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. This book will cause some major FEELS.

This was a great friends to lovers romance. I absolutely loved it. Albert’s characters are complex and beautifully flawed. The action scenes at the beginning of the book were fast paced and suspenseful. This has some heart wrenching moments so be prepared to break out the tissues. I would recommend this one to anyone that is looking for a romantic read with a military theme or a friends-to-lovers love story.

*Review Copy provided by Carina Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

WHAT ARE YOU READING WEDNESDAYS #WAYRW93

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW is a weekly feature here on It’s A Reading Thing. Everyone is welcome to participate. You can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog in the comments section as well. You can grab the image above or create your own, just please make sure you link back to IART as the host for this meme.

How to participate:
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

 

  1. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  2. “The strange thing, on looking back, was the purity, the integrity, of her feelings for Sally. It was not like one’s feeling for a man. It was completely disinterested, and besides, it had a quality which can only exist between women, between women just grown up.”
  3. I’m not sure since I just started it.

How about you? What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments ❤

Stay book nerdy & happy reading!

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It’s A Classic Thing | April’s Book Announcement

Happy Monday Book Nerds!

Feels weird to be so chipper on a Monday, but one I’m blogging ahead so it is actually Saturday and two I work from home this Monday so YAY! Anyway that’s not what I wanted to talk about. Sheesh must stay on topic! I wanted to introduce a new feature here on the blog that I was meaning to start in January since it ties into one of my reading goals for the year. The new feature will be called It’s A Classic Thing. If you saw my 2017 goals post or video then you know one of my reading goals this year is to read a classic every month. So far, I’ve been on track. Granted I’ve mixed up the formats a bit here and there but still I’m managing to squeeze a classic or modern classic in every month.

What I haven’t been doing really is talking about them here on the blog. I mention my thoughts on the books briefly in my wrap up videos but I wanted to do something on a bi-weekly basis so I can give my thoughts on them as I go along. I’ll do an initial post at the beginning of the month to let you know what classic or modern classic I will be reading. After the initial post I’ll do a mid-point check in to share some notes/thoughts from what I’ve read so far. Once I finish, I will do a final post where I will share my thoughts and answer some discussion points on the book. If you want to join me then feel free to do so. We can discuss the books in the comments section.

So to do a quickie recap here are the classics I’ve read so far (Click on the titles to see which version I read):

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Peter Pan

Sense and Sensibility 

I started out the year with some children’s classics that I have never read before and I really loved them. Then I decided to go with a graphic novel adaptation of a Jane Austen book that I’m not very familiar with and really enjoyed it. The artwork was so gorgeous!

This month I decided to go with a shorter classic, because I will be participating in Round 3 of Tome Topple for two weeks. I figure I’d like to not completely overwhelm myself considering I’m still in the middle of two buddy reads at the moment. Anyway without further ado, let’s talk about my pick for April. This book has been on my radar for a while now. I keep meaning to pick up a copy and I finally did when I went to the VNSA book sale in February. I have never read anything by this author, which is a bit embarrassing to admit given how well known she is. I plan to fix that though starting with Mrs. Dalloway.

I do not know much about the book itself. I’m doing my best to avoid book summaries this year and go back to reading my books blind. If you would like to know more you can find the Goodreads page here. My copy is about 194 pages. I’m confident I can finish it before the end of the month. I hear great things about this one and I’m excited to jump in and see if I like Woolf’s work.

Let’s chat! Have you read anything by Virginia Woolf? Are you going to read along with me? Let me know in the comments section 🙂