Book Review

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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We Were Liars is a book that had briefly been on my radar a few years ago, but it never held much interest to me. There were reviews likening it to Pretty Little Liars, which is a far too melodramatic-teenage-drama for me. Luckily for me, I’m an impulse book buyer and bought a copy on whim the other day. I still wasn’t convinced that I would enjoy it, but I figured I should see what the hype was about. This is one time where my impulsiveness really paid off: We Were Liars turned out to be one of the best books I’ve read this year.

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Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event held by Jill over at Breaking The Spine! It’s all about those books you just can’t wait for and are counting down the days till they come out.

This week I’m counting down until I can read Less by Andrew Sean Greer. It’s Satire about American’s living abroad, which really appealed to me because I’ve been wanting to read more fiction. Also, this book won a Pulitzer Prize, which really makes me think that I’m going to enjoy this book when I get to it.   Continue reading “Waiting on Wednesday”

Book Review

Austenland by Shannon Hale

719-oke7rolI’ve got a confession: I’m a massive romantic comedy movie fan. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve seen Sleepless in Seattle or You’ve Got Mail. I’ve seen basically all of the mainstream ones, including the movie adaptation for Austenland. I’m ashamed to say that I watched the movie before reading the book (which to be fair I didn’t know existed). Austenland (the movie) was one of my favorites in the seemingly never ending stream of Pride & Prejudice adaptations, so reading the book was a no brainer.

This take on Jane Austen’s classic is a sort of self-aware-but-not-really version.
The lead character goes to an Austen-era reenactment camp where she is quickly disillusioned by the camps financial caste system. Realizing she has paid a boatload of money to be treated like dirt by the founder of the estate, she decides to make the best of it. Long story short, she ends up falling for the Mr Darcy of the story. So it’s sort of aware, but it also falls into the same old story. Continue reading “Austenland by Shannon Hale”

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event held by Jill over at Breaking The Spine! It’s all about those books you just can’t wait for and are counting down the days till they come out.

Can we talk about how pretty the cover is? I know I’m not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but it’s so pretty. I’ve been wanting to read Caraval, it sounds like a funky, Cirque du Soleil themed book, which I am SO READY FOR.

Summary

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.
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