I stumbled across the idea for this post a little while ago and I’m really excited to try it out. I have found that commiting to posting about certain things makes me more motivated to actually do it. I love love love reading, but as a new adult I rarely have time to do it. So I am hoping this post series will motivate me to actually get back into reading more.
My plan is to choose a new book every month to read. Once the month is over I will post a review on it as well as answers to any “book club questions” (you know those ones in the back of the book). Then I will pick a new book for the next month. I don’t have an idea on how to choose a new book quite yet, but I might try twitter polls to vote or picking a random one from the comments.
For this next month (April 25th to May 26th) I choose to read the book Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I found this book on pinterest and after reading the description was intrigued. “ So I picked up the book from my local library. I have yet to start any reading of it, but am excited to get into it.
Here’s the description of the book and a photo of the cover:
Etta Spencer is a violin prodigy. When tragedy strikes and a mysterious power tied closely to her musical abilities manifests, Etta is pulled back through time to 1776 in the midst of a fierce sea battle.
Her capture was orchestrated by the Ironwoods, the most powerful family in the Colonies. Nicholas Carter, handsome, young, prize master of a privateering ship, has been charged with retrieving and delivering her to the family - unharmed.
Etta learns her fate is entwined with an object of untold value from her past. Ironwood is desperate to secure his future, but Etta must find it first in order to return home. Embarking on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind from a mysterious traveller, the true nature of the object and Ironwood's dangerous game, could mean the end for Nicholas and Etta ...
I really love this idea and hope that you guys will read along with me!
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Just a little while ago I found myself at Barnes and Noble, a favorite place of mine, looking for a new novel to read. I love reading and find a great joy in escaping into other realities. As I entered the store, there was a display of classic novels, all on sale for five dollars. Just $5!! (PS that sale is happening all summer long!) So naturally I snatched up like 8 books.
I had a hard time deciding which one I wanted to read first, but I knew I would struggle with some of the older language since I was so out of practice of reading that type of novel. I finally came to the decision of Little Women.
I've always thought about reading this novel and when I opened up to the first page I found it easy to read.
I then settled into my bed to read it with a cup of warm tea, was pleasantly surprised. Not only was it easy to read and comprehend, I quickly found myself sucked into the story.
Of the four girls, I identified most with Meg and Amy. I believe I identified with Meg for many reasons. I, like Meg, am the eldest of a family of all girls. I also strongly desire to have a happy marriage and wonderful children as Meg does. This is really evident for Meg in the second half of the book.
At first I didn’t think I was much like Amy with her gift for art. However it was in the second half that I felt a strong connection to her. If Amy lived in modern day time she would be totally into Pinterest and throwing all the social gatherings of her friend group. I love her desire to get along with everyone and do well in society. Her attributes make her a very desirable friend and companion and I really like that about Amy.
As for Jo and Beth, I still love the characters and their own additions to the story, however I don’t feel a connection to them.
To me Jo is too much of a tom-boy for me to find a connection to her as I have always been a girly girl and one of my number one goals is to be a mom. While we didn’t have a connection, I still enjoyed Jo’s sarcastic view.
I couldn’t find a connection to Beth to save my life. While most people probably became very attached to sweet and innocent Beth, I found her to be a little dull and unrealistic. She is too meek and good to feel real. However I can see that these attributes are ones to work towards and like her example and influence on the other girls.
Overall I loved this novel a whole lot more than I anticipated. The love stories were wonderful and I adored the stories of Amy’s time abroad. The genuineness of the characters made it feel as if I knew them personally and gave me a relationship with each.
If you were on the fence about picking up this classic I would definitely recommend it! Happy Reading
Hi! My name is Kylie. I'm 21 years old and am married to my best friend! I love my wonderfully normal life and hope you do too.