Exploring My Bookshelves, #3: Longest Book

shelvesExploring My Bookshelves is an original meme hosted by Addlepates and Book Nerds.

How it works:

1. Post a picture of your bookshelves.

2. Choose a book for the week’s topic.

3. Share the blurb for the book.

4. Share your link on Addlepates and Book Nerds.

 

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This week we’re posting our longest book which I happen to be missing…kind of. I’m not sure where I put my copy of Les Misérables, but I’m pretty sure it’s my longest book. So in its stead, I’m sharing my book Jane Austen: The Illustrated Library which includes her six novels with lovely illustrations, at a whopping 1167 pages.

Any Jane Austen fans out there?

The Friday 56, #41: Sense and Sensibility

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join in every Friday, the rules are simple.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

 


“‘But indeed this is quite another thing. I am sure they will be married very soon, for he has got a lock of her hair.’

‘Take care, Margaret. It may be only the hair of some great uncle of his.'”

I love me some Jane Austen and I really need to reread Sense and Sensibility. I relate most to Austen’s protagonists Elizabeth and Elinor, both in humor and practicality.

The Friday 56, #25: Pride and Prejudice

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join in every Friday, the rules are simple.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

 

“Elizabeth, feeling rather anxious, was determined to go to her, though the carriage was not to be had; and as she was no horse-woman, walking was her only alternative. She declared her resolution.

‘How can you be so silly,’ cried her mother, ‘as to think of such a thing, in all this dirt! You will not be fit to be seen when you get there.’

‘I shall be very fit to see Jane — which is all I want.'”

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is my favorite book and since I have been participating in a read-a-long of the classic this month, I thought I’d spotlight it seeing as this is our final week reading it. This excerpt is taken from my annotated copy of P&P and is very telling of both Elizabeth’s and her mother’s characters. Elizabeth, upon hearing her sister has been taken ill, is determined to see her, and her mother is only concerned about how her daughter will look upon arrival.

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Title: For Darkness Shows the Stars
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Series: For Darkness Shows the Stars, #1

It’s been a long while since I read this book. But since I am starting the next book in the series, I think it’s only appropriate that I make a little review for this one.

This book made me miserable in the best possible way because Elliot North, the main character, makes me both identify and envy her. It’s hard to hate someone so self-sacrificing; and I ached when she ached and desperately hoped for something more for her. I felt every jab and every injustice dealt to this girl. This book ended up being emotionally crumbling for me. I didn’t want the happily-ever-after for Elliot, I needed the happily-ever-after. And if ever there was a girl in fiction who deserved it, I’m certain it is her.

For Darkness Shows the Stars reminds my cynical self that underneath it all I, like most bookworms, am a romantic at heart.

Rating: 5/5

★★★★★