Never has a quote been so relevant to EVERY book worm around the globe (and further!). SO many books, but so little time! The same can also be said for book bloggers. We read that many books so we can share them with our audience, but we find ourselves short of time to write all our thoughts down in a comprehensive review.
This brings us nicely to ‘Mini Review Monday’. A place where, to compliment our current content, we can share with you some of our initial thoughts on books we have been reading over the last week.
A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…
This monster, though, is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.
It wants the truth.
This isn’t normally a book I would pick up to read. But as it was made into a film I thought I would see what all the fuss was about.
Whilst this is written by Patrick Ness is was written from the original idea of Siobhan Dowd who unfortunately died of cancer before she could develop her idea.
There is some lovely artwork in the book and a very poignant story which pulls at your heartstrings.
Now I have read the book I am wanting to see the film to see if it measures up.
Persuasion – Jane Austen
‘She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older – the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.’
Anne Elliot seems to have given up on present happiness and has resigned herself to living off her memories. More than seven years earlier she complied with duty: persuaded to view the match as imprudent and improper, she broke off her engagement to a naval captain with neither fortune, ancestry, nor prospects. However, when peacetime arrives and brings the Navy home, and Anne encounters Captain Wentworth once more, she starts to believe in second chances.
Persuasion celebrates romantic constancy in an era of turbulent change. Written as the Napoleonic Wars were ending, the novel examines how a woman can at once remain faithful to her past and still move forward into the future.
This was read as part of the Ardently Austen Book Club being held on Instagram.
This story was a different style of writing compared to Austen’s previous novels as it seemed to poke gentle fun at the traditional plotline that follows a heroine and hero (meet, fall in love, drama, HEA) As life for the heroine Anne does not go to plan. The gentleman Frederick she was receiving attentions from she was encouraged to refuse his proposal. Time passes and Anne regrets her decision, her family is facing financial ruin but are refusing to take advice and Frederick has returned. Will there be a happy ever after for Anne or has she missed her chance at happiness?
I loved the variety of characters and how I really disliked some as I was meant to. I wish to visit the places described in the book, even if some are fictional.
I found this to be one of my more favourite of Austen’s novels and will definitely be picking it up again to read.
Have you read any of the books above? Let us know your thoughts!