Book Review

Book Review: Pride

Pride
By Ibi Zoboi

My Edition:
Hardcover, 289 pages
2018, Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 9780062564047

Zuri Benitez loves her hood – the block parties, the corner stores, the way everyone knows and looks out for each other. When the rich Darcy family renovates an abandoned house across the street from her apartment and moves in, Zuri is immediately suspicious. She doesn’t need some rich family coming in and trying to change her neighborhood. But when her older sisters Janae starts hanging out with Ainsley Darcy, Zuri finds herself running into Ainsley’s younger brother, Darius. She doesn’t want to like or understand the polished, polite Darius, nor does she think he could ever understand her and her way of life. She might just find, though, that appearances aren’t always what they seem.

While YA romance is certainly not my genre of choice, no way was I passing up an own-voices, modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice.

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Book Review

Series Review: Heartstone & Dragonshadow

My friend Nicole gifted me these for Christmas – a Pride and Prejudice retelling spun into a fantasy series. These had the potential to be really good or really cheesy, but either way, I was interested to see how they were handled.

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Book Review

Book Review: Mary B.

Mary B.
By Katherine J. Chen

Not My Edition:
Library Paperback, 436 pages
2018, Random House
ISBN: 9780525631811 (Large print)

Told from the perspective of the oft-overlooked Mary, this novel covers the events before, during and after Pride and Prejudice.

That’s a pretty simple blurb, but it covers the basics without giving away any of the unique details of the story. (Perhaps I should aim for one sentence descriptions in the future!)

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Life of a Book Hoarder

Classics for Kids and Teens

Since I’m focusing on reading books inspired by classic writer, Jane Austen, I figured I’d highlight some of the different types of classic literature available for youngsters and teens.

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Life of a Book Hoarder

Austen Month TBR/TBW

It’s February so that means in my world it’s Austen Month! If you’re new here, I focus on Jane Austen’s work and work inspired by her in February because…well, mostly because! My weak reasoning is that her books focus on romance and February has Valentine’s Day and also I love all things Austen. So, lots of love…February…that’s the connection. Mostly it’s just habit now.

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Book Review

Book Re-review: Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey
By Jane Austen

My Edition:
Paperback, 260 pages
2005, Barnes & Noble Classics
ISBN: 9781593082642

I wrapped up Austen Month by rereading Northanger Abbey and I’m so pleased with my choice. I thought I first read this when I was blogging, but it doesn’t look like I’ve got a review anywhere. I did rate it 2.5 stars initially and I know it wasn’t until I read the Marvel comic adaptation along with the modern novelization by Val McDermind that I understood the tone Austen was going for.

So, given the significant change in my star rating (I’d put it at 4.5 now) I thought I’d revisit my thoughts with this re-review.

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Book Review

Book Review: Dear Mr. Knightley

Dear Mr. Knightley
By Katherine Reay

My Edition:
Paperback, 327 pages
2013, Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 9781401689681

Sam is a 23-year-old orphan whose been given a grant to get a degree in journalism, as long as she writes frequent letters to her anonymous donor (who is not at all creepy for requesting this). Being decidedly bookish – so bookish in fact, that she often (awkwardly and pretentiously) quotes her favorite classic novels and does her best to embody their heroes and heroines – she finds this letter writing an easy task. Then she happens to randomly meet a very famous author, Alex Somethingorother, and somehow he finds her alluring (and endearingly awkward) and wants to see more of her. As she struggles through her journalism program and begins to fall in love with Alex, her letters become more like journal entries and she casually reveals her horrible past. Thus, she goes through some sort of transformation and discovers who she really is, or whatever.

If you’re too lazy to actually read my review (but, come on, just read it!) I think my blurb should give you a hint as to how I felt about this book.

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