Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
(Solid 4 Stars)
This is now the fourth book I’ve read written by Albom. Which is weird that I’ve left it so long considering that it was Albom’s first book (not including sports books). I knew a little about the story. I knew it was based on true events. I’m not really one for memoir and non-fiction, but I did enjoy reading this.
Tuesdays With Morrie recalls Albom’s experiences of reuniting with an old professor after the professor is diagnosed with ALS and appears on national television. What follows is a bit about nostalgia, faith, family, friendship – lots of things. But mostly it is about hope.
I love Albom’s writing style and it is here where it begun. It’s easy to see his style that follows with his other works. If I’m being completely honest, I prefer his fiction. That might just be my personal bias. Maybe as I get older, memoir will be something I lean to more.
It reminded me a little bit about my nan and her struggle with illness through my childhood. There were smells and sensations that really came back to me reading this. It didn’t completely win me over though. It was sad and it was poignant and I cried a little but after I put it down, I didn’t grieve the book.
Still, it’s interesting to see the themes that pass through Albom’s work. Life, death, what we’ve left behind – these are all themes in his later books and you can see the roots of it here in Tuesdays with Morrie.
I said on Monday that I would live to have finished Beloved by the end of the week, now I’ve done better than that and I finished it yesterday. That brings my total books so far 33/52 which is an average of just over two books a week. At this rate I will finish my goal in ten weeks time, which seems like quite a while away, but it also seems like a lot of books to read before then.
As I said at the beginning of the month, I was going to read two classics this month. For my next classic, that I’ve started is Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. I’ve seen the ITV adaptation of this and loved it, so cannot wait to get into it. I would love to have it finished by the weekend because it isn’t that long a book.
The second book I’m reading, that I’ve already started is Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I’ve heard a lot about this book and if I’m being honest, when I saw its cover I wasn’t convinced I’d like it. However, I’m giving it a chance and from what I’ve read so far, I am glad that I have. It’s really intriguing and has captivated me from this first chapter. I have a feeling that it wont take me long to finish it, I reckon I might not be able to put it down.
After I’ve finished these books, I’ll be three books away from my monthly goal. I’ve got a bit of reading to do to catch up. Also, to catch up with the mountain of reviews I’m behind on posting, I’m going to post one each day this week. Will be weird looking at my reviews for books I read quiet a while ago.
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I read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix so many times, the hardback has completely fallen apart, but a bit of sellotape and it’s still sitting on my shelf.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Considering that this is one of my favourite novels of all time, I am amazed that I haven’t recommended it yet. This is one of those novels that I value highly. It is the kind of novel I aspire to. It is an example of why I am so proud of English Literature, especially Female English Literature.
Wuthering Heights is not just a love story, in fact I would argue it is not a love story at all. It would be simple to say the narrative of Heathcliff and Cathy is a romance, but it is a complex story about class systems, obsession and social expectations. It is thought-provoking and still to this day resonates with modern problems. Not only that but it is beautifully written.
There is so much passon in the text, so much for a writer so young and unworldly. Her scope of human emotions is astounding for its maturity and fullness. I would have loved to have met Emily Brontë. I could only imagine her character from her prose and writing voice. But from what I can assume, I would love her.
Heathcliff and Cathy are the driving force of the novel even if they don’t narrate the story, and whether that narration stops the story from being a romance is something to debate. This is a novel I have used for essays and discussions because it is layered. There is a biased narrator, focuses on two times, and plays with semiotics.
For me, I think was the novel that made me look at fictional romances in a different way. I think it subverted my expectations. I would never want a relationship like theirs, as doomed and all consuming but I loved reading it. There are classic statements that stir me still, Brontë is gifted with dialogue.
I’d recommend this for anyone who wants to read a more gothic romance, something passionate but literary. I would recommend it for comparison novels like Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.
The Start of the Week
The month is now half way through, which is bonkers. It’s my birthday coming up soon and time is flying by. I have a feeling I start most of my weeks saying that. I just cannot get over how fast this year is going. This week I’ve got a few things I want to get sorted. A couple of goals to achieve.
Reading – last week I managed to finish Across The Universe by Beth Revis and I’m also half way through Beloved by Toni Morrison. I want to have finished that by the end of the week, in fact I’d like to have it finished half way through the week. I’m also going to start reading Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I’d like to finish that too.
In terms of writing I’ve started to look at my goals in a different way. In stead of breaking down the word count for my novel into a weekly target, I’ve started to work towards my April goal. When setting out my goals I had given April a word count target of 25,000. Before this week I was on 21,250 words. Not far off. So until the end of the month, I wont work on a weekly word count – I’ll be aiming for the 25,000 words. I have also started work on my short story for the month, I would like to have a finished draft by the end of this week, then I can spend time in the next couple of weeks looking at the Ode.
I’ve not got many plans for the week so I really feel I can devote my time to this. I’d love to write my SOTW next week having achieved it all.
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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
(High 3 Stars)
Say hello to yet another book I have seen all over the place. I’ve been getting a lot of my reads by recommendation recently which has been really nice, but it does mean my TBR is getting ever bigger and I’m not casually browsing in book stores as much as I used to. However, I’ve heard great things about the 5th Wave, it’s a post-apocalyptic YA series so really, it had my name all over it.
The story follows Cassie, a lone wolf of sorts trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic America. She’s trying to out run Them, the invading force that has almost eradicated the human race. When she meets Evan Walker, a mysterious stranger, she has to learn if she can trust again. As well as Cassie we hear from other characters and I wont spoil their story lines but it’s a layered story.
To be honest, I didn’t love this book. And in the process of reviewing I changed the rating I gave it a fair bit. I wanted to like it. But, I’ve been thinking about it a lot since I finished reading it and I think I remember a lot more that was bad than was good.
I think my main issue was that Cassie’s storyline wasn’t as interesting to me as the others. I think the romance side of it spoiled it. It didn’t feel organic, it felt contrived and I can see how it is going to most likely be manipulated into a triangle in the next book. It was bad. I found her annoying. She could have been kickass and cool but she came across as more of a Bella Swan.
If the story had focused on the happenings at the Camp, I think it could have been more complex. I found the characters a bit more interesting and diverse. But again I have a feeling that they main be manipulated in the next book to turn into a romance plot as well.
The thing that bothers me is I can see how this book could have been. I’m hoping that the next installment proves me wrong and it diverts from the traditional romance sub-plot. As much as I am all for Female protagonists in action story lines, I feel that following the main Male character would have been more interesting. Which is a shame.