July 30, 2014

Classic Club Meme: July 2014

The Classics Club monthly meme is another way to bring members of The Classics Club together. The post for the month will go up on the main page of this blog on the 2nd of the month, and you’ll have all month to respond over at your blog.

Q: Have you ever read a biography on a classic author? If so, tell us about it. If you had already read works by this author, did reading a biography of his/her life change your perspective on the author’s writing? Why or why not? Or, if you’ve never read a biography of a classic author, would you? Why or why not?

A: I don't really read biographies on authors, Historical figures yes but not their writers.  I did try to read Mark Twain's first book in his autobiography series but it was big, disjointed and a little dense.  I lost interest in less then 100 pages -- my wrist just couldn't take it anymore.  

July 29, 2014

Review: The Fortune Hunter

Author: Daisy Goodwin
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: July 29, 2014
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon|Barnes & Noble
Add To: Goodreads

In 1875, Sisi, the Empress of Austria is the woman that every man desires and every woman envies.
Beautiful, athletic and intelligent, Sisi has everything - except happiness. Bored with the stultifying etiquette of the Hapsburg Court and her dutiful but unexciting husband, Franz Joseph, Sisi comes to England to hunt. She comes looking for excitement and she finds it in the dashing form of Captain Bay Middleton, the only man in Europe who can outride her. Ten years younger than her and engaged to the rich and devoted Charlotte, Bay has everything to lose by falling for a woman who can never be his. But Bay and the Empress are as reckless as each other, and their mutual attraction is a force that cannot be denied. ~Goodreads

Novels that involve famed persons tend to be told through a female’s eye I did not find that to be the case in The Fortune Hunter.  Daisy Goodwin’s book is one of a love triangle and is aptly told by all three participant’s point of view.  It could very easily been told through the eyes of Sisi and Charlotte and still be a great book, but by including Bay to the mix gave it that extra ump adding a fine layer of truffles on top.  

As any Lifetime movie will tell you, the guy is always at fault, one must route for the lead female.  They bash their significant other in the back with a candelabra, go on their merry way and if fortune strikes them, end up with the man she should have been with in the first place.

I hated to relate The Fortune Hunter to a Lifetime movie, but my point in sharing that is because my feelings towards Bay Middleton mirror.  Charlotte is as cute as a snowy mitten and just wanted her to kick Middleton to the curb.  She could do so much better and was irate by how worried she was about seeing her betrothed before she left for the photography exhibition.  

Sisi is as stubborn as a child.  I have a relative who once threw a temper tantrum because they couldn't go swimming in a hotel pool.  Rather than deal with the situation her request was succumbed to.  This is how I pictured the Empress.  While her requests are bowed to (she is royalty after all) in private she is shown as a person.  She is not just a crown but a person who only lets her hair down in private. These fleeting moments were candid and my favorite parts of book.

A picture can say a thousand words and never lies which I felt fit perfectly into Bay's questionable behavior.  He is suave, always knowing the right thing to say bordering on smarmy.  In some respects he reminds me of Mr. Wickham from Pride and Prejudice, gossip and all.

Daisy Goodwin's writing is beyond descriptive.  Her imagery started with Charlotte creating her animal portraits and didn't end until the last line.  This, along with strong-willed characters makes The Fortune Hunter an irresistible read.

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July 26, 2014

Weekly Update 7/27/14

Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer is a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

The second is, It's Monday! What Are You Reading  is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey her meme is exactly as it sounds, share what you are reading and/or what's next on the ever growing TBR

This week we had three showings, their specific thoughts were:

  1. Showing One: Can we rent it?
  2. Showing Two: Loved the house but would want it on a different lot
  3. Showing Three: Made an Offer!
We sold the house!  Our closing is at the end of Augest.  Then we will be living at our place in Upper Wisconsin until we have a place closer to the Madison area.

On Thursday, we went to Madison, Wisconsin to visit my brother and sister-in-law who just recently moved there.  Conveniently, the lot I have talked so much about (and which we still do not own) is in a suburb of the city.  Besides spending the weekend with family (my aunt and uncle live there too) we talked to our builder about the plans for the house we would like to build.  We are pretty sure that we will get the lot and want to be able to move forward when it happens.  

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  • Book Review of The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin
  • Classic Club Meme
  • July Monthly Wrap-up
  • Custom Domain Names
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July 23, 2014

Austen in August 2014


Misty at The Book Rat is hosting her yearly Austen in August and I couldn't be more thrilled.  I'll be out of town for this event but still plan to read along with The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick.  As an obvious Jane Austen fan this novel has been on my kindle to-read list and feels like a fun breezy read while soaking up the August air.

July 22, 2014

How The Giver Trailer Single-Handedly Ruined A Childhood Classic

Last week I saw Transformers.  Right when you walked in the theater there was a poster for The Giver. Oh no! It is a Twilight wannabe. Maybe they're trying to draw teens who didn't grow up in the 90s. Yeah, that must be it.

 But then I saw the trailer…

Disappointment began. First off there is defiantly a larger romance between Jonas and Fiona than just Jonas' wet dream in the book. I could have lived with that, but then Rosemary, the receiver before Jonas is played by Taylor Swift. Noooo! Why would you do that to me? Rosemary would never sing a song about Romeo and Juliette living happily ever after or being 22. Lastly, I did not see any mention of Gabriel, who I've always felt is key, paramount to the story. He is the reason why Jonas leaves the community. It was the final nail in the coffin for me. A Childhood Classic was ruined in 2:34. Although don't take my word for it, decide for yourself, I'd love to hear what you think of this atrocity.