Persuasion, by Jane Austen. This was Austen’s final completed novel before her passing, two years after she had written it. Ok, so I’ve only read two of her novels (P&P and Sense and Sensibility), plus the ones I’ve seen in movies and tv (do they count?), but this one I’ve found, is considerably different in tone from her other works. Leading lady Anne Elliot, unlike her previous successors, is not a young and blushing youth, but older, and more wizened in her experience in love. In a decision brought on by her family, she breaks off a relationship with her first love, named Wentworth, due to his lack of inheritance. (However, she never can find anyone who can measure up to him.) Fast forward a decade, Anne is still single, and her family has fallen into debt. Plus, in a drastic turn of the tables, she learns that Wentworth has gained a hefty inheritance, and is in her locale. The question persists: what will happen when they meet again? Will the sparks still fly between them???? Hmmmmmm.
I’m nearly finished the novel, but I think it’s turning out to be one of my favourites written by Austen.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by JK Rowling. I am rediscovering the HP series once again! Actually I’m not sure if I even got through the final book, but I’m willing to give it a try again. If you haven’t read this already, we meet Harry and his friends again in their third(!) year of Hogwarts. There’s a murderer on the loose in the wizarding world (no, not you-know-who), and he may be heading for Hogwarts to finish Harry off. And what’s Harry to do in between studying for all those classes, battling dementors and playing Quidditch? Solve another mystery, of course! A good fun read. I like this book; and weirdly enough, when I read this the first time eons ago, I had a bit of a literary crush on Professor Lupin. Still do, sort of. Why? Who knows. (The mind does what it wants.)
Circle of Flight, the final book of the Ellie Chronicles, by John Marsden. I started reading the Australian YA series Tomorrow when the War Began (otherwise known as the Tomorrow Series) a few years ago, and I’m just finishing up the series now. For a YA series, it’s definitely not like the others that are making the rounds. It’s an incredibly gripping read, and you really get involved with the characters. It follows a girl and her friends who go on a camping trip, only to find out when they return that their town and entire country had been invaded by an unnamed enemy. Quoting the plot, they could either go into hiding, or they can forge their own battles to fight back. I think it’s safe to say which option they chose.
**And a word to the wise: DON’T YOU DARE MESS WITH AUSSIES OR THEY WILL COME AT YOU WITH GUNS AND EXPLOSIVES. OR POISONOUS SPIDERS.
Some books I want to start reading:
–17 Carnations, the Royals, the Nazis and the Biggest Cover-Up in History. What’s this?? A ginormous secret that went between the Nazis and the Royal Family?????? It sounds so scandalous I simply must read more about it.
–Yes Please, by Amy Poehler. Because I hear it’s very good.
–The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Emma Orczy. In the Tomorrow Series, a few novels and quotes by well-known people were mentioned, and this book came up in a well-suited manner. Not to mention I like reading about adventurous gigs. (I also was reminded of this gem.)
What are you reading these days?