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Finished George Eliot!

I finished all the books i planned on reading for George Eliot. In order to keep my thoughts straight on which ones i liked/disliked in particular, i’m going to write a blog when i’m done with each author. It’s good for my scattered brain!

Favorite: Middlemarch
For sure! I LOVE this book, it’s right up there with Anne of Green Gables and Pride & Prejudice for me. And if you read what my blog name is, you’ll know how big of a deal that is.

Most thought-provoking: Daniel Deronda
Interesting (And sad) to see how Jews were treated in the Victorian times. There was a lot of prejudice, ignorance and fear going on in this novel.

Least Favorite(s): Felix Holt.
This is a sort of unfair judgement since i read a poorly translated e-book!
I downloaded it from Google e-books, but the way the computer reads the words on the page was awful! Parts of the book were just dots and dashes! I KNOW it was not written in Morse Code!  For a couple of examples:

“Mr I!ypp[aflswpjred,.in.:ujtprlldiwifte8p,j^8 tp the; course Est^ier’^.nqnd.wa^JaJiing,, ^ had antioi,pate,d! bcfqre his disolpsure, from his long-standing disoern- mejitM.Qf. ^endenciep in, ^er wh^cjbllwe,^ often. J,ho, cause, p^sjl.e^tjgrfe^to iH’m, ^ % djscovery, likely tcd^ve ^lie keejies^interest/or her would l)o .that hpr, parents ^ad^|h^g^e,r,ra,nk;than Dissen^g, ^ea$ier; ^ ,^
preilpiuyiant”

You can’t help but laugh as you read that! What in the world does it say? Granted, it is an old book and the copy probably had some bad pages.
Another one that is nearly as unreadable…. it was so funny i even posted it on Facebook 🙂

“JJlesB me ! if’.tt RRtoninhiDg. hotr well yow-‘re up”

That’s all! I’ll be reading Gaskell next!

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BBC minis and movies

I love watching BBC productions! It’s so much fun to immerse yourself into a different time and culture!

I’ve watched a ton of theirs but one that i’ve particulary enjoyed lately is Middlemarch, (this Mini-Series is actually why i wanted to read George Eliot’s works this summer!) And you’re a netflix-er , it’s available right now on instant!
If you enjoy the wit of Jane Austen and the time period of Charlotte Brontë you’re sure to love it!
(and yes, it follows the book pretty well!)

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I think I can, I think I can!

For the past 2 years, before my birthday, i’ve decided to read a specific author. The goal was to read all the novels by that particular author before i turned that upcoming age.
The first year was Jane Austen, I read her 6 Novels plus a few “extras”. The next year was a little bit more of a challenge. I read the Brontë sisters, they only have 7 novels between the 3 of them but, it took me much longer.

This will be my third year and it’s going to be much, much harder!
I couldn’t decide which one author I wanted to read. I’ve narrowed it down to Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Elizabeth Gaskell. I think, if possible, I might try to read them all. It will be hard to find copies of all their novels, though!
Dickens’ has 21 novels, Eliot has 7, and Gaskell has 6. You can see the full list HERE I will be updating this list frequently!

I have to admit, I am scared of Dickens! I really want to read him, but I am seriously intimidated. Each of the others i’ve seen movie adaptions of their works and enjoyed them (is that considered cheating?)

I’m starting earlier than i have before. Usually I start around the beginning of June, but this year I started at the end of April. Hopefully I’ll make it and enjoy their books!

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April’s Favorite Reads

Fiction

The Rose House by Tina Ann Forkner
I signed up to be an influencer for this book and got a copy a few weeks before the release date and read it within a few days. I love it! It’s a great story about redemption and hope in difficult times. It’s kinda -sorta -not really a sequel to the author’s first book Ruby Among Us. I didn’t read “Ruby” – so its definitely not imperative to read them as a series! I’ll be writing a review on my other site… so visit over there → in a bit!

Middlemarch by George Eliot
I am a self proclaimed Jane Austen addict, and yet George Eliot comes pretty close in the literary world as my favorite author. This is the first book I have read by Eliot,  I’m possibly going to read all of her novels for my summer/before B’day author. ( I’ll explain what i mean later) She has all the wit and subtle humor of Austen but also manages to combine that with the severe honesty (and near depression) of The Brontë sisters’ works. (George is her pen name, Mary Ann was her given name just to clear up the inconsistencies. :))

Non-Fiction

Dangerous Surrender by Kay Warren
I would probably never have picked up this book based on the cover. Which is very sad, it’s an amazing book, and i would have missed out on it just based on my prejudgement.  My mom suggested this book to me since it is about a cause my eyes have been opened to over the past couple of months. (Particulary through Mocha Club) Kay Warren is a passionate advocate for the awareness of HIV/AIDs. I was completely “disturbed” by this book(that word is important to the book, read it and see!)

Red Letters by Tom Davis
 Another AMAZING book on the issue of AIDS, particularly in Africa. If this is an unnecessary evil that tugs on your heart, I recommend this book immensely. There are amazing stories of hope in the face of such heartbreak.

The Hole in our Gospel by Richard Stearns
This was a Thomas Nelson review book, I’ll link my review back here and you can read my thoughts on it there 🙂 http://reviewsbysarahkatie.wordpress.com/2009/04/23/the-hole-in-our-gospel/

That’s all for this month! You can ALWAYS ask me about a book that intrigues you 🙂

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