It has been so long since I blogged! I really am such a horrible blogger I don’t know why I started in the first place. However, this year I am determined to start up again and be more faithful.
I wanted to write about an author who I always turn to when in need of a wonderful book and who never fails to provide me with one. She is probably the most famous author of my country; L. M. Montgomery.
If you need a book for any stage of your life, pick one of the Anne books – Anne of Green Gables for when you are a child, Anne of Avonlea for when you are in highschool, Anne of the Island for university, Anne of Windy Poplars for practicum/engagement, Anne’s House of Dreams for newlyweds, Anne of Ingleside for mothers. I am at Anne’s House of Dreams myself.
Although Maud is most famous for the Anne books, the Emily series being slightly less well known, she was a prolific writer and has written many, many delightful books. My very favourite of her books is The Blue Castle, an adorable story that is just the right length and full of romance, laughter, tears, and heart warming plot twists.
A series for homebodies is Pat of Silver Bush. *Warning: you will need a MASSIVE box of tissues for the second book*
For story lovers (and who isn’t) The Story Girl and The Golden Road are perfect.
A romantic short story is Kilmeny of the Orchard. I found the ending to be a bit predictable but loved it all the same.
If you’re dying for more of Anne’s world, The Chronicles of Avonlea and Further Chronicles of Avonlea are absolutely charming.
Magic for Marigold, A Tangled Web, Jane of Lantern Hill, and The Road to Yesterday are all lovely too.
So if you are searching for a book that will definitely meet all expectations (and of course I am biased because she is one of my favourite authors), L.M. Montgomery’s books never fail to be enchanting.
I’ve been trying to think of a perfect book for this special occassion, and decided on The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery, which (other than it being a love story) has nothing whatsoever to do with Valentine’s Day. Perhaps I think it’s perfect for today simply because I love it so much…
In any case, I hope you all have a lovely day, regardless of how you spend it!
Goodreads Summary: The story begins within the luxuriant woods and vines of Gascony and moves on into the rugged splendour of the Apennines. Descriptions of the chateau at La Vallee, crude peasant villages, and the gloomy castle of Udolpho are profoundly atmospheric. The result is a thrilling drama that is both elegant and astonishing in its insight into human nature.
Being very much a fan of Northanger Abbey, I decided that I needed to read this book, as Catherine Morland loved it so much. I was pleasantly surprised; I had been picturing it as a very gothic novel (some of which I have already read – The Castle of Otranto, for example, which was good as far as I can remember) and it was, but it kept me entertained to the very end, which I was not expecting. I thought I might become bored very easily, but it was well written, so Ms. Radcliffe kept my attention to the very last page.
Being a very gothic novel, there was an exorbetant amount of fainting, weeping, and being frightened. There were some very dreadful characters, but also some very worthy ones. All in all, it was quite the adventure – castles with secret passageways, people with secret pasts, and always a mysterious feeling to everything.
I would say I probably wouldn’t read it again very soon, but overall I quite enjoyed it!
Goodreads Summary: A satiric masterpiece about the allure and peril of money, Our Mutual Friend revolves around the inheritance of a dust-heap where the rich throw their trash. When the body of John Harmon, the dust-heap’s expected heir, is found in the Thames, fortunes change hands surprisingly, raising to new heights “Noddy” Boffin, a low-born but kindly clerk who becomes “the Golden Dustman.” Charles Dickens’s last complete novel, Our Mutual Friend encompasses the great themes of his earlier works: the pretensions of the nouveaux riches, the ingenuousness of the aspiring poor, and the unfailing power of wealth to corrupt all who crave it. With its flavorful cast of characters and numerous subplots, Our Mutual Friend is one of Dickens’s most complex—and satisfying—novels.
How does one start to review a Charles Dickens book?! Especially such a wonderful, moving volume? Well, there I’ve given away my rating already. Yes, it’s a perfect book. It has so many amazing characters and almost unbelievable plot twists. I loved reading all the different stories revolving around the characters and how they all wove together and linked in certain places.
I don’t know how to praise this book without giving anything away! I will say that I admired Lizzy, coddled Jenny Wren, loved Eugene and the Secretary, and eventually liked Bella Wilfer as well.
In short, (as another one of Dickens’s unforgettable characters would say) this was an absolute wonder of a book and comes highly recommended to all.
I have been exteremely busy with school and what-not, but I am back (if only for a short time). My school starts up again on January the 6th, but I am hoping to get more blogging/reading in here and there. I am currently reading Winnie-the-Pooh, which is delightful to rediscover, Inheritance by Christopher Paolini, which I’m really only reading so that I find out how it all ends after such a long time waiting, and a new fantasy called The Edge of Mysterion, which my priest is lending me. It reminds me of Narnia (sort of) but it has pirates and mermaids and djinns in it…so it’s quite exciting!
I have a review of Our Mutual Friend coming up soon. I have just finished it recently and it definitely deserves a place of honour on my roll of reviews.
I have a feeling that I have too many blogs and I’m spread out a little too thinly, which might also be why I am not posting so often as I should like. Perhaps I will create a blog that will encompass all of my obsessions… or maybe I’ll just learn to be more organized with my time!
I hope you all had a merry Christmas and will have a very happy New Year!
Goodreads Summary: The story of a remarkable boy called Yann Margoza; Tetu the dwarf, his friend and mentor; Sido, unloved daughter of a foolish Marquis; and Count Kalliovski, Grand Master of a secret society, who has half the aristocracy in thrall to him, and wants Yann dead. Yann is spirited away to London but three years later, when Paris is gripped by the bloody horrors of the Revolution, he returns, charged with two missions: to find out Kalliovski’s darkest deeds and to save Sido from the guillotine. With a tangle of secrets, a thread of magic and a touch of humour, the follies of the aristocracy and the sufferings of ordinary people are unfolded as their lives move relentlessly towards the tragic and horrific days of the Terror. The Red Necklace is not only a tremendous adventure story but a vibrant and passionate picture of Paris in turmoil and of a large cast of memorable characters.
This was a very well written book, although some of the characters were a little on the creepy side (granted, they were the bad guys!). I quite enjoyed it. It was exciting and had some interesting plot twists. That said, I would probably never read it again. Mainly because to really finish reading the whole story, you have to read the sequel (The Silver Blade) and the morals went down the drain in the sequel, which left me very disappointed.
So for The Red Necklace, I shall award it three books. The Silver Blade would be a two book.