I was surprised at how easily I was drawn into this story. There's something about literature from this time period that generally makes me pause to rI was surprised at how easily I was drawn into this story. There's something about literature from this time period that generally makes me pause to really take in the style in which it's written - and that sometimes interferes with how well the story flows for me. Not so with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This is a ridiculously readable classic. The characters were fantastically developed, the story moved along swiftly, and the whole thing topped out at about 75 pages. Great story to read on a chilly day....more
I've seen so many screen and stage adaptations of this, but I've never actually read the book so I'm glad I finally did. This is a short book, and wouI've seen so many screen and stage adaptations of this, but I've never actually read the book so I'm glad I finally did. This is a short book, and would have been easy to get through in one quick sitting. I wish I had attacked it that way. Instead, I picked the book up in fragments between everything else I've had going on in these last few hectic days. I was having a difficult time getting absorbed into the story. At around page 60 I changed strategies and read the rest of the book in one sitting, resulting in a much more pleasant reading experience than the first bit. This was a wonderful tale designed to put Christmas spirit into even the scroogiest of folk (and I would generally place myself in that category, so that's saying something!). Set aside the time to read it all at once, or at least in complete staves (the sections the book is divided into). This is one of those tales you need to lose yourself in....more
So I realize that this book is near and dear to a lot of people's hearts and that posting this review probably isn't going to make me very popular, buSo I realize that this book is near and dear to a lot of people's hearts and that posting this review probably isn't going to make me very popular, but I'm going to post it anyway.
This was painful - honestly one of the least enjoyable reading experiences I've had, at least in recent memory. I don't know if I would have liked it more as a child, but reading it for the first time as an adult, I made up just about any excuse so that I didn't have to sit down and subject myself to it. To me, this book is ONE. BIG. MORAL. LESSON. I get that it was written in a different time, one where Louisa May Alcott received a lot of pressure to make this a wholesome book for children. But no one is this wholesome. Absolutely no one. I think I wouldn't have had as big of a problem with the book if we weren't actively shown what the moral lesson was after each small hiccup in the March's lives. I can be left to infer what lessons the girls may have learned by myself, thank you very much, I don't need it illustrated for me in the form of lectures from dear old Marmee.
It gets two stars rather than one because there were a few scenes and a few of the lesser characters I did enjoy. But even aside from the preachy, moral-guidebook feel to this, I just really didn't like Alcott's style. Most people love and cherish this book, so I'm obviously in the minority here. This one just wasn't for me....more
I think it helps that I knew absolutely nothing about this book going in. The version I got from the library has the words "Romantic Suspense" on theI think it helps that I knew absolutely nothing about this book going in. The version I got from the library has the words "Romantic Suspense" on the front, and from that description I would have bet money on not liking this book (not a big romance kind of gal). Two things: 1) I loved it and, 2) I would say it's misclassified as a romance but that's just me and I don't want to say too much.
This is one of those classics that's ridiculously readable. I was hooked on the style of writing from the first chapter and the plot grabbed me soon after that. This is one of those books that, while not action packed, unfolds so deliciously you don't want to put it down....more
This is one of those books that every woman should read. The Bell Jar chronicles the mental breakdown of a talented young woman who, on the surface, aThis is one of those books that every woman should read. The Bell Jar chronicles the mental breakdown of a talented young woman who, on the surface, appears to have it all. I don't think there is a woman alive that is immune to "the bell jar." Plath captures the voice so perfectly that reading this book is sort of like having a conversation with a close friend. It's tragic to think that this is essentially Sylvia Plath's story, with of course one large difference.
The Bell Jar will be one of those stories I reach for again and again when I need the comfort of something familiar....more
Regardless of how busy I've been lately, a 180-page book shouldn't have taken me 2 1/2 weeks to read. I have a feeling I would have liked it more hadRegardless of how busy I've been lately, a 180-page book shouldn't have taken me 2 1/2 weeks to read. I have a feeling I would have liked it more had I forced myself to sit through more than 3 pages at a time before putting it down again to deal with real life. That said, I want a book that grabs me instead of the other way around, and generally no matter how busy I am, I will make time to read a book I can't imagine putting down.
To be fair, there were some aspects I did really like about the book, especially when I sat and made myself read the last 50 pages without stopping. The plot threw me - this being a book I was supposed to read in high school but I don't think ever even got the cover cracked. I was glad I managed to make it this far without hearing plot spoilers, because it really made for a more enjoyable experience towards the end. And I thought Fitzgerald's prose was pretty great, too, if just a touch wordy in some spots.
But, really? "The Great American Novel" as I've heard it referred to so many times? For me it didn't come anywhere near that mark....more
Just ... wow. This has got to be in the list of the top 5 books I have ever read. I can't believe I made it this far in life without reading it.
If youJust ... wow. This has got to be in the list of the top 5 books I have ever read. I can't believe I made it this far in life without reading it.
If you haven't, go. Now. Yes, 1984 has passed and most of the things from the book did not happen (although I think everybody has a little "Big Brother" in their lives). But change the year to 2054 and it would still be as scary. This is one of the most disturbing books I have ever read. I think we were supposed to read it in high school and I blew it off. In a way, I'm glad. I don't think I would have appreciated it as much then as I did by reading it now....more