Saturday, May 7, 2011

take a look, it's in a book

I've been doing quite a bit of reading since B's been gone. mostly just at night though.

you see i have this problem when it comes to books, either i am so interested in them that i don't put them down until i'm done or i am not interested enough to pick them back up. so i try to only read before bed that way i'll fall asleep and not spend the whole day reading.

my taste in books varies greatly. i love historical fiction, classics, young adult, and anything with a good love story (or a good any story for that matter)

i would have to say my all time favorite books are

water for elephants
the time travelers wife
a tree grows in brooklyn
and catcher in the rye

i also love teenage girl books, especially series

anywho, i can't remember where i picked this book up but sometimes i just see random books and find them interesting. this book is by the same person who wrote 101 Dalmatians.

heres the amazon review:

Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain wants to become a writer. Trouble is, she's the daughter of a once-famous author with a severe case of writer's block. Her family--beautiful sister Rose, brooding father James, ethereal stepmother Topaz--is barely scraping by in a crumbling English castle they leased when times were good. Now there's very little furniture, hardly any food, and just a few pages of notebook paper left to write on. Bravely making the best of things, Cassandra gets hold of a journal and begins her literary apprenticeship by refusing to face the facts. She writes, "I have just remarked to Rose that our situation is really rather romantic, two girls in this strange and lonely house. She replied that she saw nothing romantic about being shut up in a crumbling ruin surrounded by a sea of mud."
Rose longs for suitors and new tea dresses while Cassandra scorns romance: "I know all about the facts of life. And I don't think much of them." But romantic isolation comes to an end both for the family and for Cassandra's heart when the wealthy, adventurous Cotton family takes over the nearby estate. Cassandra is a witty, pensive, observant heroine, just the right voice for chronicling the perilous cusp of adulthood. Some people have compared I Capture the Castle to the novels of Jane Austen, and it's just as well-plotted and witty. But the Mortmains are more bohemian--as much like the Addams Family as like any of Austen's characters. Dodie Smith, author of 101 Dalmations, wrote this novel in 1948. And though the story is set in the 1930s, it still feels fresh, and well deserves its reputation as a modern classic. --Maria Dolan

it was really good, slow but interesting at first but toward the end i had trouble putting it down.

(in fact i broke my rule and rest the last few chapters during the day cause i couldn't wait)

i definitely recommend it!

the next book i started was the first in the luxe series

i bought the first two books a few years ago and never got around to reading them

here's the amazon review:

With a quote from The Age of Innocence as an epigraph and an enthusiastic blurb from the creator of Gossip Girl on its back cover, this lavishly produced debut makes no secret of its twin influences. The story opens in 1899 with the funeral of Elizabeth Holland, a well-bred beauty said to have plunged to her death in the Hudson River. The narrative then travels back several weeks, tracing the relationships and events that have led to the somber assembly. This tangled web includes not one but two sets of star-crossed lovers; an upstairs/downstairs romance; a scheming social climber; a bitter servant girl; and oodles of money, all set in a Edith Wharton via Hollywood vision of Old New York. The dialogue has its clunky moments, and the plot twist that drives the tale is telegraphed from the very start, but readers caught up in the fancy dress intrigue are unlikely to mind much: it’s all part of the dishy fun. Needless to say, the ending paves the way for at least one sequel.

i loved this book! it was like gossip girl set in 1899 and i definitely read all of the gossip girl books!

i love books that are set in a different time period cause it is like entering into a different world, yet it was still relatable.

a definite must read! i'm already on the second one and after i finish this series i'm going to pick up her new book set in the 20's

if anyone has any book recommendations send them my way!


Michelle said...

I have never been much of a book reader but maybe once Hubs is gone to Afghanistan that I will get into this world of reading. And I may just purchase the books you mentioned as your favorite and then I am forced to read them because I hate not fully investing in money spent.

Brooke said...

They both sound awesome!! I read everyday when Mr. Charming was 30 books it was crazy! ha