Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I Want to Read It (71): Pursuasion

I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be-read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the ones, I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.

Persuasion by Jane Austen, October 6, 2011 (originally published 1817). 252 pages. Published by Penguin Classics. Source: Own.
 Written during Jane Austen's race against failing health, Persuasion tells the story of Anne Elliot, a woman who - at twenty-seven - is no longer young and has few romantic prospects. Eight years ago, she was persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank. When Anne and Frederick meet again, he has acquired both, but still feels the sting of her rejection. A brilliant satire of vanity and pretension, Austen's last completed novel is also a movingly told love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities.

I have owned a copy of Jane Austen's Persuasion for an embarrassingly long time. I am not even sure why I have not gotten around to reading it yet, other than a lack of time, because my sister says it's a good story. 

As it stands, I have thus far only read Northanger Abbey and Pride and Prejudice. Hopefully, I will finally get around to reading it before the year is out. It sounds good, and I hate that it has sat on my TBR for years unread!!

If you've read it, if so, what did you think of it??? Should it be a high or low priority on my reading list?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Confessions of X

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, September 18, 2017

DNF Review: The Confessions of X

The Confessions of X by Suzanne M. Wolfe, January 26, 2016. 304 pages. Published by Thomas Nelson. Source: Publisher.
Before he became the sainted church father of Christianity, Augustine of Hippo began a love affair with a young woman whose name has been lost to history. They were together for over thirteen years, and she bore him a son. This is her story.

She met Augustine in Carthage when she was just seventeen years old. She was the daughter of a tile-layer. He was a student and the heir to a fortune. They fell in love, despite her lower station and Augustine’s dreams of greatness. Their passion was strong, but the only position in his life that was available to her was as his concubine. When Augustine’s ambition and family compelled him to disown his relationship with the her, X was thrust into a devastating reality as she was torn from her son and sent away to her native Africa.
First Sentence
There is a well in the courtyard where I sit that is not yet dry and at daybreak a young man in dark tunic comes to draw water.

Well, it seems that I have yet another book that I just could not get into. This will be really short because I just don't have much to say about it.

  • Sometimes, when I'm bored, I'll start reading through unsolicited books that arrive for review consideration. If I'm lucky, it'll turn out to be interesting enough to see through the end. Unfortunately, that was not the case with The Confessions of X

  • In theory, it could have been interesting to see what happened to the mysterious woman that St. Augustine loved before devoting himself to God and the church. Yet, it just was not something I could get into. The writing and storytelling were, to be blunt, really awkward and not captivating. I don't know, there was just something amiss with the way the writing flowed; it just felt weird and liked the sentences were oddly structured. More than the plot, it was the author's writing style that turned me away from delving further into the story. I even broke my reading rule and flipped through the book to see if the writing style improved in any way that would make me wish to give it another chance. 
  • As for the plot, I said above that the storytelling was not interesting enough to grab my attention. Personally, if you're going to write a book about some historical person, why not write about someone that's more known; sure an obscure person gives an author more leeway with telling the story howsoever they wish to bend it. Yet, writing about X just seemed a little grasping. 
Sidenote: Though if you want to read another confessions book, St. Augustine's The Confessions is brilliant!! 

Final Verdict: The Confessions of X- Awkward writing, made this a total no for me.

The Confessions of X earns
A copy of this book was received for review consideration. All thoughts are my own.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Spinning Pages (25): Apartment 1986/No More Dream

Oftentimes, while I'm reading a song will pop into my head because the book makes me think of it; sometimes the reverse happens and a random song will make me think of a book I have readSpinning Pages is a combination of my love for books and music. More often than not, the inspiration for these posts strikes while I have music thumping in my ears while exercising (kind of like how this feature came to be). 

You should know by now that pretty much 95% of the songs used in this feature are going to be my favorite...okay! What can I say, I'm a music junkie and pairing them with books is really enjoyable. 

This week on Spinning Pages takes into the heart of New York City as Callie finds herself on the slippery slope of cutting school and how it can be difficult to start again. Along the way she makes a new friend and finds a new appreciation for her city and art.

No Mercy by BTS-
Why aren’t you saying anything?
You don’t wanna study
but you’re scared to quit school?
See, you’re already getting ready for school
Please grow up, you’re all talk dude,
you have a glass mentality, boy
(Stop) Ask yourself if you’ve ever
worked hard for anything

Hey you, what’s your dream?
Hey you, what’s your dream?
Hey you, what’s your dream?
Is that all your dream is?

(English lyrics are from Color Coded Lyrics)
In a weird sense, this song is perfect for Callie as she is currently struggling in school and decides to take an extended, unplanned, vacation from school. Not just in the missing school sense does BTS' No More Dream work, it also works in that she does not know what she really wants; it also works for her parents as they moved to New York for her father's 'dream' and things, well, they are not going that great. 

While I may not have loved this book, there was one thing that kept me reading till the end...if you want to see why I did finish reading Apartment 1986, as well as my full thoughts on it, then hop on over to my full review. 

You can also listen to one of my favorite BTS songs by watching the music video for their song No More Dream!! You know you want to!!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I Want to Read It (70): A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic

I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be-read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the ones, I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.

A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic by Lisa Papademetriou, October 6, 2015. Published by HarperCollins. Source: TBR.
Kai and Leila are both finally having an adventure. For Leila, that means a globe-crossing journey to visit family in Pakistan for the summer; for Kai, it means being stuck with her crazy great-aunt in Texas while her mom looks for a job. In each of their bedrooms, they discover a copy of a blank, old book called The Exquisite Corpse. Kai writes three words on the first page—and suddenly, they magically appear in Leila's copy on the other side of the planet. Kai's words are soon followed by line after line of the long-ago, romantic tale of Ralph T. Flabbergast and his forever-love, Edwina Pickle. As the two take turns writing, the tale unfolds, connecting both girls to each other, and to the past, in a way they never could have imagined.


Even though I was not a fan of the last book of Lisa Papademetriou's, I am willing to give her writing another chance. In a stroke of luck, I happen to have a copy of this one, that I received for review consideration, waiting in my (never shrinking) tbr at home.

I rather like the idea of this book, of the two characters being connected through an old book even though they are on opposite sides of the world. I really looking forward to seeing how she'll weave their two stories together with that of the tale from history.

Have you read Lisa Papademetriou's A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic? What did you think of it??


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