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Book Review: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

One of the hardest books to get into that I have ever read, but the ending gave me chills and I couldn’t stop thinking about if for days. If you are stuck at the beginning and wondering if it will be worth it, I promise it is.


Book Review: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The beginning is kind of boring to get through, but once you get into her adult life it was a great page turner and one of the best Gothic love stories I have ever read.  In fact, someone pointed out to me that her childhood dragging on and on helps you suffer with her and gives you a lot of sympathy for the character (Thanks Miriam!).  Oddly enough, when I read this a second time before I saw the movie, I found the beginning went a lot faster.  So you’ll have to judge for yourself if you like the pace, but either way the beginning is worth it.

The movie adaption of Jane Eyre by Focus Features was very well done and I really liked it.  They were especially faithful to the characters.  A few of my favorite scenes got left out, but I liked the characters so much I forgave them.  The Gothic themes in the novel were played up as well making it a little spicy.

Double Review: War and Peace and My Kindle

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

It was a little philosophical in places but not so much that it bogged down the story. The characters were amazing and the “point” he was trying to make was not at all what I was expecting. There’s humor, love, tragedy, and a unique look at a different time.  Tolstoy isn’t as hard to read as I thought he would be.  And there’s one reason why:

My new Kindle for Christmas with its pretty green cover.

My Kindle

Here’s why I love reading really long, old books on my kindle.

  • I like to read in bed, and reading the 2-inch hardcover of War and Peace would probably have given me some sort of injury.
  • Tolstoy loves to name his characters with the exact same first name and difficult to pronounce last names. For example: Anna Pavlovna Scherer and Anna Mikhailovna Drubetskoy. Without the search function, it would have been impossible to tell the difference between these two characters.
  • Speaking of character names, he also likes to give each character at least 1 name, 2 last names, and 5 nicknames.  Take Nikolai for example.  His full name is Count Nikolai Ilyich Rostov.  But everyone calls him Nikolushka, Nikolenka, Nikolashka, Kolya, Nicolas, and/or Coco. I would like to express my thanks to the Search feature on my kindle for saving me from a big headache.
  • I read the Pevear/Volokhonsky translation and they left all of the original French in the text.  Without my linked footnotes that instantly go back and forth between the English and French, it would have been a lot of page turning.
  • Instantly looking up archaic words in the built-in dictionary is always handy and saves me from having to hold another large and heavy book (namely, my dictionary:).
  • Oh, and the best reason.  Most old books on the kindle are free.

So, if you want to read War and Peace, it’s worth it and I recommend you get one of these↓