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Book Review – Little Women

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Title: Little Women [Little Women 1]

Author: Louisa May Alcott

Genre: Classic, Young Adult

Length: 400

Rating: 2.5 rounded down to 2 Star

Series Review: 1, 1.5, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

Rich or poor. we will keep together and be happy in one another.

Christmas won’t be the same this year for Meg. Jo, Beth, and Amy, as their father is away fighting in the Civil War, and the family has fallen on hard times. But though they may be poor, life for the four March sisters in rich with colour, as they play games, put on wild theatrical, make new friends, argue, grapple with their vices, learn from their mistakes, nurse each other through sickness and disappointments, and get into all sorts of trouble.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I think this was something I needed to read at a younger age.

I can kind of see why they make people read it in school even though I didn’t have to. The main kind of theme to this book is appreciate what you have while you have it because it might not last long or things can change quickly. It also has a kind of underlying theme of working for what you want rather than being spoilt. As I have been doing all those things for many years now, this theme was just kind of obvious to me and didn’t really hold any interest.

I suppose following the antics of the girls was enjoyable enough for a time. I kind of cared about what they were doing and I felt a bit panicy when I thought one of them was going to die. I also was hoping that their father would return safely. Jo’s and the boy next doors relationships was very entertaining to me, and Beth was a sweetie.

But thats all that really held me captive. Liking the antics of children trying to grow up can only keep you entertained for so long and I soon was counting the pages until the book ended.

The style of the writing and the dialogue also had me cringing at times. While I get that there was a theme that was trying to be brought across, the characters talked like those really bad motivational cards and it drove me nuts. Yes, I got it. Work for what you want. Learn to take care of yourself. Blah Blah Blah. No one talks like that so please stop.

Despite how bored I was with this book towards the end, I am still planning on picking up the next one because perhaps now that they are larger and closer to me being able to relate to them I will find the book more enjoyable.

 

Till Next Time…

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AYearAThon – July (Wrap Up)

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I know what you must be thinking. Jazz, this ended forever ago why the hell are you only just putting it up. Well I was looking through my posts and didn’t see it and was like what the heck? and there it was sitting in my drafts. I swear I scheduled the damn thing… Oh well here it is .

Day 1

Pages Read: 104

Books Started: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Day 2

Pages Read: 222

Books Finished: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Books Started: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Day 3

Pages Read: 231

Books Not Finished: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Day 4

Pages Read: 59

Books Finished: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Day 5

Pages Read: 143

Books Started: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Day 6

Pages Read: 117

Books Finished: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Books Started: Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott

Total Pages: 876

I did no reading day 7 and very little day 6 because I decided I really wanted to paint. It was awesome. I really needed that. I am happy about the amount I read though. I read more than my two books that I thought I might finish so that was good.

 

Till Next Time…

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AYearAThon – July (Day 4 & 5)

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While I didn’t do so well on day four, I did manage to finish a book then so at least there is that!

Day 1

Pages Read: 104

Books Started: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Day 2

Pages Read: 222

Books Finished: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Books Started: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Day 3

Pages Read: 231

Books Not Finished: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Day 4

Pages Read: 59

Books Finished: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Day 5

Pages Read: 143

Books Started: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Tomorrow (or today when this gets posted) is my day off so hopefully I will get loads of reading done!

Till Next Time…

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AYearAThon – July (Day 3)

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So I have made more progress and have decided to do another update. I do wish that I was done with this book already though, because I am not in the mood for it!

Day 1

Pages Read: 104

Books Started: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Day 2

Pages Read: 222

Books Finished: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Books Started: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Day 3

Pages Read: 231

Books Not Finished: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

 

Till Next Time…

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AYearAThon – July (Day 1 & 2)

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Considering I didn’t really expect to get anything much done until the second last day of the read-a-thon which is my only day off this week, I think my modest amount of pages quite an accomplishment. I may actually get more than two books read!

Day 1

Pages Read: 104

Books Started: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Day 2

Pages Read: 222

Books Finished: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Books Started: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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Book Haul – January/February

Welcome to another book haul where I present to you the pretties I bought throughout the month/s, plus something else today. Click on the image to buy yourself a copy from the The Book Depository. 

The books I bought in January are all books that I ‘saved’ from one of those cheap mass bookstores. I say saved because they don’t look after their books, and many of the books on the shelf are pretty much destroyed. I have seen one that is nearly completely ripped in half and yet they still try and sell it… If you see a hardback in one of these stores that you like that isnt damaged AND actually has its dust jack, just get it. In the store near me pretty much no hardbacks make it out alive.

Now these first two books I don’t actually know where you will be able to get copies of them which is sad because they are so cute and small (A6 size) and are pretty hardbacks. If anyone knows let me know cause I want to get the rest of the collection. 

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JAN02‘We have all been more or less to blame …
every one of us, excepting Fanny’

Taken from the poverty of her parents’ home, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with only her cousin Edmund as an ally. When Fanny’s uncle is absent in Antigua, Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive in the neighbourhood, bringing with them London glamour and a reckless taste for flirtation. As her female cousins vie for Henry’s attention, and even Edmund falls for Mary’s dazzling charms, only Fanny remains doubtful about the Crawfords’ influence and finds herself more isolated than ever. A subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, Mansfield Park is one of Jane Austen’s most profound works.

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JAN03The story’s unlikely heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry’s mother? Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine finds dreadful portents in the most prosaic events, until Henry persuades her to see the peril in confusing life with art.

Executed with high-spirited gusto, Northanger Abbey is the most lighthearted of Jane Austen’s novels, yet at its core this delightful novel is a serious, unsentimental commentary on love and marriage.

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Little-Women-by-Louisa-May-AlcottLittle Women is one of the best loved books of all time. Lovely Meg, talented Jo, frail Beth, spoiled Amy: these are hard lessons of poverty and of growing up in New England during the Civil War. Through their dreams, plays, pranks, letters, illnesses, and courtships, women of all ages have become a part of this remarkable family and have felt the deep sadness when Meg leaves the circle of sisters to be married at the end of Part I. Part II, chronicles Meg’s joys and mishaps as a young wife and mother, Jo’s struggle to become a writer, Beth’s tragedy, and Amy’s artistic pursuits and unexpected romance. Based on Louise May Alcott’s childhood, this lively portrait of nineteenth- century family life possesses a lasting vitality that has endeared it to generations of readers.

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Then in February I bought another three books, all part of the same wonderful series. Pretty pretty hardback format.

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divergent_hqIn Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

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insurgentOne choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

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cover_allegiantThe faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. 

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.