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Les Misérables Readalong | Week One: Fantine

Welcome to the first Miserable Monday! For those who don’t know, my friend Emma @ The Terror of Knowing and I are hosting #MiserablesMay, a Les Miserables readalong that is taking place throughout the month of May. We announced it last month, and I wasn’t 100% sure I thought it was a good idea to tackle such a long book that I didn’t have much interest in reading, but I am happy to report that so far I am up to date finishing Volume I: Fantine in time for my post, and I am actually not hating the book at all.

Now, a small disclaimer before I start: Emma is the English student and the more academically minded reviewer out of the pair of us. It’s great, she writes incredible reviews that mix knowledge and academia with humour and gifs, and is the place to go for the more in depth reviews/updates. Mine are going to be a little shorter, and probably lacking an seriousness at all, so strap in! Continue reading “Les Misérables Readalong | Week One: Fantine”

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Les Misérables Readalong | Announcement & Schedule #MiserablesMay

Hi there folks! On this hump day, I bring you an exciting announcement! I am co-hosting a readathon this May with my fab friend, housemate, and eternal recommender of great books Emma at A Skirmish of Wit. We’re going to be reading Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables. Yep, we’re tackling a book fondly known as The Brick, and we’re here to debunk the misgivings you may have about reading this chunk and make reading this bad boy fun and manageable! Let’s get this show on the road!

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Prince Caspian | Review

Title: Prince Caspian

Author: C S Lewis

Rating: 3 Stars

Dates read: 21 Mar 19

Publication date: 15 Oct 1951

Publisher: Geoffrey Bles

Genre(s): Children’s, Classic, Fantasy

Description:

The Pevensie siblings are back to help a prince denied his rightful throne as he gathers an army in a desperate attempt to rid his land of a false king. But in the end, it is a battle of honor between two men alone that will decide the fate of an entire world.

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The Horse and His Boy | Review

Title: The Horse and His Boy

Author: C S Lewis

Rating: 1 Star

Dates read: 09 Aug 18 – 14 Aug 18

Publication date: 06 Sep 1954

Publisher: Geoffery Bles

Genre(s): Childrens, Classic, Fantasy

Description:

On a desperate journey, two runaways meet and join forces. Though they are only looking to escape their harsh and narrow lives, they soon find themselves at the centre of a terrible battle. It is a battle that will decide their fate and the fate of Narnia itself. Continue reading “The Horse and His Boy | Review”

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The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories | Review

Title: The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

Author: Angela Carter

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 03 Jan 19 – 07 Jan 19

Publication date: 1979

Publisher: Gollancz

Genre(s): Modern Classics, Short Stories, Folk Stories

Description:

In The Bloody Chamber – which includes the story that is the basis of Neil Jordan’s 1984 movie The Company of Wolves – Carter spins subversively dark and sensual versions of familiar fairy tales and legends like “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Bluebeard,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” giving them exhilarating new life in a style steeped in the romantic trappings of the gothic tradition. Continue reading “The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories | Review”

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Northanger Abbey | Review

Title: Northanger Abbey

Author: Jane Austen

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Dates read: 19 Jan 19 – 26 Jan 18

Publication date: Dec 1817

Publisher: John Murray

Genre(s): Classic

Description:

Jane Austen’s first novel—published posthumously in 1818—tells the story of Catherine Morland and her dangerously sweet nature, innocence, and sometime self-delusion. Though Austen’s fallible heroine is repeatedly drawn into scrapes while vacationing at Bath and during her subsequent visit to Northanger Abbey, Catherine eventually triumphs, blossoming into a discerning woman who learns truths about love, life, and the heady power of literature. The satirical novel pokes fun at the gothic novel while earnestly emphasizing caution to the female sex. Continue reading “Northanger Abbey | Review”

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The Alchemist | Review

Title: The Alchemist

Author: Paolo Coelho

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 23 Apr 18 – 13 May 18

Publication date: 01 May 1993 in English (orig. 1998)

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre(s): Classic, Philosophy

Description:

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams. Continue reading “The Alchemist | Review”