It’s Monday! What are you reading? (2/15/16)

February 15, 2016

This past week, I finished:

Castle in the Air (Howl's Moving Castle, #2)Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was cute. Now I want to read the actual story of Aladdin so I can compare this to that and then compare both to Aladdin (the movie).

Also, that cover is CREEPY. Man.

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Proposal (The Mediator, #6.5)Proposal by Meg Cabot
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It’s Meg Cabot, so.

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I also wound up DNF-ing Re Jane. Normally, I don’t talk about the books I didn’t finish here, but I felt compelled to write a bit about why I couldn’t get with this one, so:

Re JaneRe Jane by Patricia Park
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Jane would never ever ever EVER EVER (view spoiler) NEVER EVER. That is fundamentally the core of the book and her character and having her do that means the author DOESN’T GET THE ORIGINAL since that is the WHOLE POINT OF THE STORY.

If this weren’t on my Kindle, I would’ve thrown the book across the room, I swear. Just…no. NO NO NO NO NO NO NO.

That would be like a Pride & Prejudice retelling where Darcy and Lizzie instantly hit it off and started dating. Or if Romeo & Juliet’s families didn’t hate each other. Or if Hamlet was just super happy about his uncle marrying his mom after his dad died and his dad’s ghost visited him saying that he had been murdered. Would Hamlet be all, “Wow, that sucks, Dad, but Mom is super happy with Uncle Claudius now, and I’m just happy for her so probably you should go haunt somebody else”? I mean, that is how ridiculous the whole plot point in Re Jane is. If (view spoiler), you are no longer telling the story of Jane Eyre, but doing something else.

So basically I had to stop reading because of that. Who knew I was such a purist?

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As of today, I’m reading:

So I’m still making my way through The Light Between Oceans for book club. It is really slow, but it has finally started to pick up. Probably because I’m at the part where the baby finally shows up. (No spoilers–that’s the premise of the book.)

I’m not a super Mediator fan (Suze is fine, but not one of my favorite Cabot heroines), but I do enjoy a good Meg Cabot book, and I’m sorely in need of some fun reading, so I’m really looking forward to reading Remembrance this week.

Original now hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date. Children's lit version hosted by Jen Vincent @ Teach Mentor Texts & Kellee Moye @ Unleashing Readers.

Original now hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date. Children’s lit version hosted by Jen Vincent @ Teach Mentor Texts & Kellee Moye @ Unleashing Readers.

I hope everyone has a good reading week!

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  1. Kay McGriff (@kaymcgriff)

    I love Jane Eyre, but haven’t heard of this retelling. It looks like it disappointed a lot of people. I think I’ll stick with Jasper Fforde’s Eyre Affair for a modern twist. As much as I love fairy tale retellings, I have not read any Diana Wynne Jones. I’ll have to look for some of hers at the library.

  2. Jane @ Rain City Librarian

    I love your review of Re Jane – I haven’t read it, but I love the emotion in your response – that’s how I feel how books, too!

  3. Myra from GatheringBooks

    I have a collection of Diana Wynne Jones that I have yet to read – have you checked out her Howl’s Moving Castle yet? 🙂

    • Akilah

      Yes. I love it! It’s super fun. I may be due for a reread. I can never figure out the clues in it.


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