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Emily Dickinson: Selected Poems
Emily Dickinson, Helen McNeil
Les Misérables
Victor Hugo, Norman Denny
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
Selected Poems
William Shakespeare
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Fannie Flagg
This Side of Paradise - F. Scott Fitzgerald my thoughts:1. Lovely writing style2. My least favourite Fitzgerald read so far3. Hit and miss with chapters4. Struggled to keep awake during some parts5. Totally irrelevant to this book....but exactly 88 years ago today Gatsby was published :)
This Side of Paradise - F. Scott Fitzgerald my thoughts:1. Lovely writing style2. My least favourite Fitzgerald read so far3. Hit and miss with chapters4. Struggled to keep awake during some parts5. Totally irrelevant to this book....but exactly 88 years ago today Gatsby was published :)
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley, Maurice Hindle, Elizabeth Kostava, Elizabeth Kostova

A gothic horror classic. A book that predates Dracula by almost 100 years and was written by Mary Shelley when she was just 19 years old. Firstly, I LOVED the Penguin Classics Deluxe edition of this book. It had an amazing cover and started with a brief introduction of circumstances of how it came to be written. Mary Shelley was holed up on the continent in the pouring rain for a few days, with her husband, the poet Percy Shelley and their friend Lord Byron, along with another guest Dr Polidori (Gabriele Rossetti's uncle) when Byron suggested they each write a 'ghost story'. Apparently Shelley and Byron abandoned their projects, while Poldori went on to write 'The Vampyre: A Tale' a book that perhaps later inspired Dracula. I found this tale of the how the book came about enthralling in it's own way and it was a who's who of English literature of the time. Now onto the actual story of Frankenstein. I guess I shouldn't detail what exactly happens, for those who haven't read the book. What I will say is that it isn't what films and cartoons of the 20th century have made Frankenstein out to be. My edition of the book contained the 1831 revisions that Mary Shelley made from the original 1818 edition, which re-wrote most of the first volume of the book (it containing 3 volumes) I found this first volume a quicker and more enthralling read and it contained mostly Dr Frankenstein's rendition of events. The next volume largely moved to his 'monsters' version of events and I was slightly disappointed by how slow this section became. I felt it detailed too much of the mundane and not enough of the horror that I was expecting. The last volume picked up again and ended off both Dr Frankenstein's tale and that of his creation. So my thoughts on the book....I gave it 4 stars. It didn't completely grip me and like I said, I found the middle section a little slow and boring in places. However I think that this is such an important book and written almost 200 years ago, at the dawn of modern science (indeed when Mary Shelley writes about Dr Darwin she is referring to Erasmus Darwin, Charles' Grandfather, yet are the discoveries of Nature and evolution still to be made) I think the subject of what constitutes life and by which means we as humanity, should be enabled to create it, are as pertinent today, if not more so.

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green I delayed reading this book for a long while, maybe because of the hype, maybe because of the subject matter. It was worth the wait. There was very little I didn't like about this book and very much that I did. I thought it was beautifully written and found it almost impossible to put down, as I was absorbed completely. I'm not a crier, but there were parts of this book that brought tears to my eyes and I needed to take a few moments to pause, before returning to the story. There were many parts that made me smile and nod along in agreement. I won't detail what the story is about, as I think anyone who approaches this book knows which subject matter is being dealt with, but still it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was apprehensive that I wouldn't like the story and that after such rave reviews I would find it lacking...but it was much more than I hoped.
Address Unknown - Kathrine Kressmann Taylor LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT...nothing more to add
Life And Laughing: My Story - Michael  McIntyre I like Michael McIntyre, I like his comedy and have seen him perform live. I enjoyed this book, but it did read a little like another one of his shows, with lots of jokes, several of which I've already heard him perform. The first half of this book was spent talking about Michael's young life, then it rushes through his seven years trying to break the comedy circuit, during which he meets and falls in love with his wife and has a couple of kids. I enjoyed it, but wish that some of the stories went a little more in depth, while other parts seemed to linger a little too long. It was a nice easy read and I finished it in a couple of days, but it left me feeling like I didn't learn much more about his life than I already knew.
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn Some of this book I loved, some I hated. For me I didn't mind the slower paced start that others have complained about, the middle section got interesting, but the last third of the book...... it felt hashed together and hurried in comparison. I liked: The short, snappy chapters (kept me turning pages quickly)The different points of view of their relationship explored in each chapterMy emotional interest (often hatred) in the characters I hated: Losing all interest in the characters, they became completely unreal THE ENDING!!!!!
In Cold Blood - Truman Capote This was a slow burner for me....the first chapter (70ish pages) I struggled to finish, but I'm glad I stuck with it as the book developed more with each page. I ended up really wanting to find out what happened to everyone involved, the murderers, the detectives and the town where it happened. I can see why it caused a lot of controversy when it was written, as I guess it was a reflection of society - the good and bad! I also found it fascinating to think how things have moved forwards (or backwards) in the intervening 50 plus years.
The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga I liked it...but I didn't love it. The book started slowly for me, so slow that I put it down again after a couple of chapters and didn't pick it up again for a whole YEAR! But today I tried again and finished the book in one day, finding the story intriguing and the pages fast flowing. I enjoyed parts of the book, but I guess it was just an okay read for me.....Man Booker Prize Winner it may be, but I'm learning that doesn't necessarily make a mind blowing book!
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Six Other Stories - F. Scott Fitzgerald This book comprised of 7 stories in total, 3 taken from Flappers and Philosophers, 3 from Tales of the Jazz Age and 1 much later short story from Taps at Reveille. It was a bit of a mixed bunch, with most of the themes being similar. I loved a couple of the short stories (Benjamin Button and May Day) and felt that most of the others were okay, but one story I hated and felt that the writing wasn't up to the same standard (the much later work of Crazy Sunday) I'd like to give this 4 stars for Benjamin Button alone, but the repetitiveness of the other stories and that awful last tale of Crazy Sunday knocks the book down a bit for me, so 3 stars. Still love Fitzgerald though!
The Hound of the Baskervilles -  Arthur Conan Doyle I really didn't expect to like this quite so much. I thought it might be stuffy and hard to read, but not at all. The writing style flowed beautifully to me and I found the words a delight to read, I enjoyed the mystery of the case as well, but it was the writing more than Holmes' case that really won me over. I'd definitely read more of Arthur Conan Doyle now!