Book a Day – Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Book a Day I read because of my reading club – August 2018

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Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy was a book one of my dear friend readers wanted to push trough as a book club reading for quite a while. Tess was on her reading list and she thought it was great for book club. She finally succeeded in February 2017.

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Readers of the book club did not enjoy this book very much. Some of them did not finish it and some decided to give up on it completely. My masochistic side reared its ugly head and I not only bought the book – but also pushed myself to read it whole. It was quite disturbing to read. For a while I thought it was gonna reflect on and spoil all the historical romance genre books I sometimes read.

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I bought an Oxford classic edition with more than 50 pages of introductions which I just had to read before starting on the real thing. I think those softened me up a bit. My comments after finishing the book were mostly like:

So disturbingly wrong on so many levels. Disliked it so bad that I think it scarred me for all HR novels I might read in the future. This one reads like a snuff film…

 

Monthly reading review – February 2017

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Monthly reading review – February 2017

This February I have read:

Le Bal du comte d’Orgel by Raymond Radiguet ★★★★

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy ★★

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James ★

Married By Morning (The Hathaways #4) by Lisa Kleypas ★★★★

Factotum by Charles Bukowski ★★★

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1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

This February I’m back at a reading pace of around one book per week. It is generally a good number but I get greedy for more.

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in February? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

From all the books I’ve read in February I’ve liked a historical romance Married by Morning the most. Aside from being a work of one of my favorite authors – Lisa Kleypas, it was by far the happiest read I’ve had all month.

3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

From five books I’ve read three of them are set in English countryside and one in French! The scenery was very much the same but the characters were not. Turn of the Screw was a baffling read for me. I gave it one star mark on GR for more than one reason. The topic and how the work was presented were at best confusing. I felt like the author wanted to write a novel that was modern at that time – ghost story and just threw few ideas on the paper without making an effort.The whole story just felt boring and out of balance.

“Frankly, I was horrified by life, at what a man had to do simply in order to eat, sleep, and keep himself clothed. So I stayed in bed and drank. When you drank the world was still out there, but for the moment it didn’t have you by the throat.”
― Charles Bukowski, Factotum

4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

Three out of five books were for my RL book club! This is seriously turning around my reading habits and I’m not sure how I feel about that. Other two books were a random picks in the spur of the moment. I had plans for reading more books I already own, but aside from Tess of the D’Urbervilles which I bought for the purpose of reading it for book club (!) not one other of the books I’ve read in February is actually owned by me.

As plans go, I’m not pleased.

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5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

From the five books I’ve read in February only Married by Morning is a part of a book series. Since I jumped in with book 4. from the series I’m interested in reading some other books from The Hathaways book series.

6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

Much of my February reading has been done out of book club obligation and it is about time to take my own advice and read more books for fun. I don’t think I would have made it out of my February reading without Lisa Kleypas and her HR romance series. Bukowski was painfully sarcastic and reading it now when I’m older is a completely different experience that it was when I was younger. I would recommend it as a reading that gives perspective on life better than any sugarcoated self help book could do.

Final thoughts on February reading

All that stayed with me for reading classics these last two months is that I prefer reading my funny, trashy, romance and fantasy books more and more!

I like keeping track of my monthly reading in this manner because I keep getting surprised by my own reading habits. It felt good getting all the required RL book club reading done in time. Turning around I feel I miss my free reading more and more. Again I’m thinking about book club required reading becoming a chore instead of a favorite hobby. It gives me something to think about while I pick out books for March.

Reading in February 2017

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After finishing some books I’ve been dragging along from last year I am in the middle of reading some really interesting books!

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Le Bal du comte d’Orgel by Raymond Radiguet

This book intrigued me since it came into the bookstore last year. I got interested in theme and less known french author. I’m one third into the book and I really love the writing style and the characters. Melancholy tone of the book does not interfere with my reading speed so far.

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The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2) by Rick Riordan

Finally I got into reading second book in Magnus Chase series. I’m a bit distressed with all the up to speed pop culture references. Also the tone is very inclusive and it screams 2016. I will definitely have to write a review on it after I’m done with it.

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Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

This is the first of two books I’m reading for book club this February. With some of these classic books I have a feeling I’ve been living under a rock since I’ve managed to avoid any contact with books or move versions even though some of them were part of my mandatory school reading like Jane Austen’s books or those by Bronte sisters. I’m going in blind into this one as well.

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After finishing with the books above here are a few others I want to read in February as well.

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The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1) by Rick Riordan

I’m attacking this one right after I’m done with Magnus Chase book.

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The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

This is my second book club required reading for February

After these I’m hopping to add some romance novels since it’s February after all. I haven’t picked out anything in particular yet.

 

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