Classics, first-impressions

First-Impressions: Dracula

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Ever since I read Anne of Green Gables (which was when I was 11) I have been all over classics. I went through an entire phase where I only read classics (namely ones that are child-friendly such as The Secret Garden or Little Women or Treasure Island) whether they were the famous ones or the lesser-known ones (by Louisa May Alcott, Susan Coolidge) – I’m not saying I’ve read all the classics ever but I’ve read a great deal.

Then, after that, I got into YA and read loads and loads of YA for two years. Now, I’m coming out of YA, and onto classics (although I am reading Dracula for school).

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First-Impressions: Descendant of the Crane

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Sometimes you just can’t put a finger on why you aren’t enjoying a book. You go through a list of things that a book has and just can’t think of an actual reason why it isn’t working for you. Yes, the pacing is a bit slow but you’ve loved and enjoyed slower ones. Yes, the character is a bit annoying but you have loved and enjoyed more annoying characters. Yes, some things are a bit unbelievable, but you have loved and enjoyed more unbelievable things.

So, what is it? Is it that you are getting a reading slump? No, it doesn’t feel like one… is it your mood? But you seem to be in a perfectly normal mood… and it definitely cannot be the cover…

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First-Impressions: Lost Roses

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After reading The Huntress, it’s safe to say I have been lured back into historical fiction after a very long period where I let myself be consumed by fantasy. Now, I think it’s safe to say I need a break from fantasy, and so was so happy when I saw this on OverDrive (you all know books are too expensive and I live on OverDrive).

OverDrive actually had the first book of this series too, Lilac Girls, but something that I read about it made me decide to borrow this one instead… even though it was just a few days ago I can’t remember why but I’m really enjoying this so far.

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First Impressions: The Huntress

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I downloaded this book on OverDrive without knowing what it was about. I remember seeing it all over Goodreads when it came out, flicked through some reviews and skimmed the blurb and then added it to my TBR. Usually I do my research, and usually I tend to regret it.

But honestly, this time that is so not the case. I was reading it past midnight, and I just started getting so creeped out that when I heard the long and drawn out creaking of a door I actually got so scared. Luckily, after investigating it was my brother. It might sound stupid but the premise… the way this women is portrayed… is just downright terrifying. Maybe this is why people find the Woman in Black scary, although I haven’t read it yet, but I feel like this one is probably much better in every single aspect, and I’m only 140 pages through.

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Thoughts Whilst Reading The Count of Monte Cristo #1

As you may already know, The Count of Monte Cristo is a much applauded classic that has graced the shelves since 1844 and was translated from French to English two years later. It is of a most formidable size, spanning a monstrous 1200 pages in the edition that I am currently reading. However, I am a fearless bookworm – and so I have decided to take on this colossal masterpiece and I intend to live to see the end (somehow). It may be obvious that I always have a lot to say when it comes to books (or anything) and so I decided it was impossible I would able to sum up my thoughts in way that would do the book justice (since I already love it) once I finish it in a single review: so it may be better if I instead publish my thoughts (as they change and develop) whilst reading this book – and so this will probably become a series of posts finished with a final review attempting to recapitulate the content of the previous posts. And this is the first.

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First-Impressions: Princess of the Midnight Ball

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I have been meaning to read this book for a while ever since one of my friends highly recommended it to me, and so when I saw it on OverDrive I knew I had to borrow it and give it a go.

I am all for those wholesome and entertaining, sweet and simple stories that are completely clean but leave you with a warm feeling inside. I have a feeling that this is going to be one of those books.

It is a retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses, which is another reason I’m already loving this, since the 12 Dancing Princesses was also one of my favourite Barbie movies as a child haha. Love that story to pieces.

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First-Impressions: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

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Ahh, the first “first-impressions” post in what feels like absolutely ages! I think the last book I read (that was not for educational purposes) was back in March and was Jane Eyre? Which is absolutely ridiculous but at least I know I worked as hard as I possibly could for my exams and don’t have much room for fretting there haha 🙂

To be honest I do understand those people who say that they can’t go by without reading but it is also such a time-consuming hobby, and for those of you who still have exams going: trust me, I feel you, it is so hard to not read during exam season, but in my opinion I think it’s worth it because then I’m able to fully focus on the exams. (anyways onto the book haha)

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