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!

 

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 🙂

March Buddy Reads

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Happy Saturday book nerds!

I know I’m a bit late sharing this with you. It took me this long to decide if I was going to do a TBR this month. I feel so restricted when I do. Plus I’m participating in a couple of read-athons this month so time is also an issue. Instead, I’m going to share the books I’m buddy reading in March with you.

I am buddy reading two books in March. One is fiction and the other is non-fiction. One is huge, I think it is like 730-something pages. The other one is just under 400 pages. I’m very excited to finally get around to reading both!

I’m not going to post the summaries for these books but if you click on the book titles you will be directed to their pages on Goodreads. Now let’s get to the books!


Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

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Reading with: 

Patrice (one of my followers on YouTube)

Sarah @ Sarah’s Nightstand

I bought my copy at my local used bookstore. In case you didn’t know yet I love the musical Hamilton. I can’t wait to see it once the show goes on tour here in Arizona. I will admit I don’t remember much about what I learned in school about this time period. Let alone much about Alexander Hamilton. I’m interested in learning more so I was thrilled when I found my copy at Bookman’s. It was in such great condition too. I hadn’t picked it up yet though because the sheer size of it just intimidates the hell out of me. I’m happy to be reading this one along with two other people and getting to discuss our experiences with this book. I’m currently on page 77. I am hoping to get to page 130 before the end of the weekend. We shall see.

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

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Reading with: Nora @ Reading Experience with Nora

I have heard so many great things about Liane Moriarty and her writing. I’ve yet to pick up a book by her and I can’t wait to see if I will love this as much as everyone else. I will be buddy reading this book with a fellow book blogger starting in mid March. I’m really hoping it will live up to the hype.


Those are all the books I will be buddy reading this month. Reading is such a solitary activity. It is fun to add a buddy or two so you can have someone to discuss your thoughts and feels with as you read. Let’s chat down below. Have you read these yet? What was the last book you read with a buddy?

Happy reading!

Least Favorite Books in 2016

Hey Book Nerds! We are almost to the end of 2016, and you know what that means! Everyone is posting their favorites and least favorites of the year. Today’s post is all about the least favorites. I read so many books this year that it is hard for me to recall which books I read when, so I’m going to use GoodReads to help me out. Any books that I read in 2016 that I rated 2 stars or less made the list.

Now I know some of the books on my list are loved by many people, unfortunately they just were not for me. As I have said before reading is a completely personal experience. These opinions are my own, and I don’t expect anyone to agree with them. I only ask if you have a difference of opinion on the following books then by all means let’s discuss it in the comments section in a respectful manner. I’m totally up for a book chat 🙂

That said let’s move on to the books!

This book was such a major disappointment. The plot was underdeveloped, so much so it can’t even pass as a short story. Ugh so many plot holes! Also, this was more about an older fey bitching and moaning about the younger generation of fey that we lose the tiny bit of the plot that is interesting. There are so many questions that are left unanswered in the end. Which okay I could accept it if this were part of a series, unfortunately it is not. This story would benefit from a couple of more edits/revisions to flesh out the plot and the characters.

Where do I start with this one? This had potential to be so much more than just erotic fiction. The characters were great, but the plot was just not there. I don’t mind erotic fiction it doesn’t bother me at all, but dammit there has to be a plot. Things I wish had been in this book: a POV from Gabe, more development in the romantic story-line, but most importantly, an actual plot!

Let me just say as far as this series goes, the books are hit or miss for me. This one was a definite miss, as in literally put me to sleep I was so damn bored reading it. The problem is Walker has a definite formula to her books, and that’s fine but change it up a bit please. Reading the same general romantic trope over and over again becomes tedious. Also, the sex scenes in this series…uh so not sexy. The descriptions used for both female and male body parts are either juvenile or frankly kinda scary. I mean who the hell wants to let a guy with an angry looking penis come near them? Not me, no thank you.

There is so much potential for this book to be fantastic if it had a bit more editing. The pacing was a bit choppy and really dragged in some places. There were too many plot lines that are not fully fleshed out. The characters lacked development and the ending was rushed. So many questions were left unanswered. Also, this was being pitched as a thriller, nope don’t fall for that. This is more of a mystery with literary elements. There is nothing thrilling about this story, but it is filled with family scandal and drama.

I attempted this book several times.  Jacobson’s rendition of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice was a huge let down. I just could not get into it at all. It was like he took out everything that made Shakespeare’s work interesting. Also, the obsession that Strulovitch has in regards to his daughter’s sexual life and her changing body as she grows older is a constant theme throughout the book. He goes back and forth on whether or not it is acceptable to be attracted to her. It was just terrible and I found Strulovitch’s commentary in regards to his daughter’s body not only inappropriate but downright creepy.

And I Darken by Kiersten White is one of those books that when you hear the premise you’re like “Wow this is really cool!” and then well you read it. This book was pitched as the main character being the female version of Vlad the Impaler. A gender-swap of a historical figure, who in my opinion is utterly fascinating in a violent and morbid way. I guess you could say my expectations were set pretty damn
high after that, and I wish I could say this book delivered. I really wanted to love it, and there were some parts I really enjoyed. However, for the most part this book was a snooze-fest. I blame this entirely on the slow moving plot and way too much detail. I literally felt like my brain was going to crash from the info. dumping. This could have been salvageable if Lada spent more time being a kick-ass character and less time mooning over some guy. In the end, it just wasn’t for me. I did a full review on this one if you want to check it out.

Those are my least favorite books that I read in 2016. I’m surprised there are only six on this list considering I read over 160 books this year. If I remember the correctly the majority of the books I read were just okay. I didn’t hate them, but they didn’t wow me either. I won’t go over those, but I will be doing a post on my favorite reads from 2016 next. If you would like to check out my year in books you can find it here.

Alright let’s chat! What were some of your least favorite reads for 2016? Did you read any of the books listed here? Let’s discuss down in the comments 🙂

Happy Reading Book Nerds!

{Blogmas #9} Weekend Reading Plans

Hi book nerds!

Sorry I didn’t post yesterday. I meant to but time got away from me. Every Friday (excluding weeks I’m participating in read-a-thons) I post a Friday Reads video on my booktube channel where I share what books I’m currently reading. This week’s includes a mini-rant about the changes to Book Expo’s registration process. I’m interested to see if anyone here feels the same way. Let me know down below in the comments if you feel like the new application seems geared toward excluding book bloggers and whether or not you still plan to go to Book Expo in 2017.

Here are my weekend reading plans:

I’m off to go take some more meds for my sinuses. Ugh I hate not being able to breathe through my nose 😦

Happy Reading Book Nerds!

{Blogmas#2} Currently Reading: Replica, Lady Midnight, Queen of the Tearling

Woohoo it’s the weekend! I’m so freaking happy I can just like sleep in haha. I haven’t been feeling all that great, this cold weather has me feeling all drained. I’m planning on resting, blogging, and reading this weekend. I’m in the middle of a dozen books or so. That’s bad I know, but I keep getting distracted by all the pretty books. My goal this weekend is to finish at least one of them. Here’s what I’m planning to read this weekend:

Let me know what you’re reading this weekend in the comments section.

Happy reading book nerds!

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