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From last time: I’m still not sure what I think of Far From The Madding Crowd. At times I love it, and at times I just got frustrated with it. But I do love the way it ends; and it seems that this redeems the points I don’t like. Especially this, nearly the last paragraph– my favorite quote from it:
“They spoke very little of their mutual feeling, pretty expressions being probably unnecessary between such tried friends. Theirs was that substantial affection which rises, if any arises at all, when the two who are thrown together begin first by knowing the rougher sides of each others character, and not the best till further on.”
The Hitchiker’s Guide to The Galaxy: This is such a bizarre, hilarious book. . . I loved it. I actually read this coming back from New Zealand (and forgot to include it in last month’s list), and it took me about two minutes to finish it. Well, that’s what it seemed like anyway. And it’s a big plus for me is that I can finally understand the references my brothers make!
“For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.”
The Only Pirate at The Party: Lindsey Stirling’s biography is funny. All mirth; not much matter. It was a quick, fun read, but I doubt I shall be reading it again soon. All the same, it was very interesting to hear her story.
“I make art for the sake of art . . . and for my own selfish gratification, because I’m an artistic monster.”
“I want to live my life in chaos, surrounded by Mini-Mes who think I’m a weirdo but love me unconditionally. In the meantime, I could settle for a kitten. Just one–or twelve.”
Harry Potter: The Sorcerer’s Stone: When the new illustrated Harry Potter came to the bookstore where I work, I decided I had to read it. Because this book is gorgeous. And now I don’t want to read the others until I can read the illustrated versions! But I probably won’t wait that long. I really did enjoy this; the way the story started was surprising, and delightful, as unexpected as it was. I’ve had people telling me for years that I ‘need’ to read the Harry Potter books, and I’ve always resisted–I can understand why they think I would like it now that I’ve read the first one. I’m not going to become a die-hard Harry Potter fan, but I do love a good book.
“There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”
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The Red Badge of Courage: This was so short, it amazed me. It ended before I was ready for it to end. It’s not a happy book, being about a young man in the middle of a war, and his feelings, and experiences, but the writing. . . the way Stephen Crane captures the pain endowed in a war, the suffering, and the longing for home; how this young man starts out wishing to fight, and then changes as he sees battle, his friends dying, and being so far away from the family he loves. It’s a beautiful snapshot of a horrible thing.
“The moon had been lighted and was hung in a treetop.”
Lord Peter Views The Body: (reading) I mentioned last time that I hadn’t found the fourth Lord Peter Wimsey book yet, as I had been listening to the audiobooks from our library, and they had neither audio nor physical book. Well, as I was not about to skip the fourth book, I just found a copy to buy. And now I understand why this was the one our library didn’t have–it’s rather unlike the others. Still perfectly wonderful of course, it is, rather than being one long story, a series of short stories–each one different, some long, some short, all amazing.
“How clever we’ve all been. How topping everything is. How rich you’re going to be. How late it is, and how hungry I am.”
“We won’t let any headless horses get the better of us. Perfectly indecent, goin’ about without heads.”
I actually have a new audiobook I’m listening to, and another book I’m reading. . . but I’m going to leave those until next month, when I’m not just beginning the books. What books have you been reading? Do you have any suggestions for me? I love hearing from you!