What I’ve Read(9/26/15)

This week I finished one book, dnfed one and am currently reading one. Let’s discuss.

The first book I read was

Synopsis: “Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.

With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte’s innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers”

The first half of this book was enjoyable. I liked Jane and empathized with her, but by the time we got to the actual romance between her and Rochester the book started to drag. I feel that Bronte took too long with the last part of the book trying to make the romance make sense when it really doesn’t. I get Jane falling for him, considering her experiences, but that Rochester could possibly be someone we’d root for her to be with is highly questionable and I think the author knew that too. It just made the rest of the book too long and dull.

Secondly, the writing was okay. I didn’t find it beautiful or wonderful in any way, but it got the job done. What I found bothersome, was how the author would go from first-person to third-person, even in the span of one sentence. Definitely caused some confusion.

This isn’t a terrible book, by far, but it isn’t a book I’d read again.

In the end, I gave Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The book that I dnf’ed is

Synopsis: ”

New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. One night in winter, Peter Lake, orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side.

Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter Lake, a middle-aged Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn, a young girl, who is dying.

Peter Lake, a simple, uneducated man, because of a love that, at first he does not fully understand, is driven to stop time and bring back the dead. His great struggle, in a city ever alight with its own energy and besieged by unprecedented winters, is one of the most beautiful and extraordinary stories of American literature.”

Helprin has a beautiful way of writing, but he seems to write for the sake of writing instead of writing for the sake of telling a story. Because of this, I felt there was no story. I got 100 pages in and I had already gotten a headache trying to get through some of these crazy and sometimes very weird descriptive bits that didn’t always make sense. The premise of this book sounds amazing and you expect something grand, and yes you want the writing to match, but when it gets to the point the story is overshadowed by it, I don’t have much patience with it. I don’t plan on wading through 600 more pages of over-done flowery writing that doesn’t seem to lend to the story at hand.

In the end, therefore I had to dnf it, the rating becoming

Lastly, the book I am currently reading:

Synopsis: “As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children. He is gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox (his partner and closest friend) find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past. ”

So far, only a hundred pages in and I am really enjoying it so far. I feel I have found a great mystery thriller, finally. I really like the writing and Ryan is great. Just the way Ryan tells his story adds to what makes me like this. So far so good.

That is it from me. Tell me, have you read any of these; what did you think? I’d also love to hear what y’all been reading.

What I’ve Watched(9/23/15)

This week, I didn’t get to any films so I will be focusing on TV shows that I’ve been watching. As I said last week, I was slowly moving through the second season of Arrow.

Synopsis: “Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years late a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow.”

This week, I got so stressed out over one of the characters that I found a site where I could get recaps of everything and skipped through some episodes through that and finished the rest of the season. I know it seems silly, but I was quite worried over how this season was going to end. I still enjoy this show and I will go back and actually watch those episodes whenever I decide to re-watch this one, but I am okay with having read through the recaps because those episodes would have risen my anxiety even higher. The show still keeps at a 4 1/2 star rating.

The next show that I watched was Longmire.

Synopsis: “Walt Longmire is the dedicated and unflappable Sherriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Widowed only a year, he is a man in psychic repair but buries his pain behind a brave face, unassuming grin and dry wit.”

I watched the latest season that Netflix came out with and quickly ran through it in a few days. This one was just as great as the last three and even with the fact that Netflix took over this show, it still kept the feel and everything to it that I loved about the earlier seasons. I am not sure about where the storyline is going with Henry though, for it doesn’t really seem like him, but I am definitely looking forward to whenever they come out with the next season. 4 stars

The third and last show that I finished this week is Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

Synopsis: ” Our female sleuth sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of late 1920s Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger sharp wits”

If I remember correctly, I watched this at the beginning of this year. I absolutely loved Phryne Fisher, who’s smart and fun. I also enjoyed the story and the romantic tension between Jack and Phryne throughout it all. Although the third season had all that, I felt there was a huge leap from where it left off in the second season to this next one in their relationship and even in the way Dot handled herself and seemed eager in helping Phryne with the investigations, in a way I don’t recall her being in the first two seasons. There was some out of the blue happenings that was off-putting, which in the end dropped the show from a 5 to a 4. Not only did those things cause my rating to drop, but also because I realized how over the top the acting was, especially with the actress who played Phryne. Got quite laughable at times, but overall an extremely enjoyable show with great mysteries and love the romance.
Onto what I am watching this next week in concerns of shows. I will be watching Agents of SHIELD. At least I think I will. It might change, for I am not sure I can jump into the second season without brushing up on the first and I am not sure if I am up to it. I might be watching Leverage instead and I will talk more about these shows next week, depending on what I choose.
So tell me, have you watched any of these? What are you watching?

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I could talk about that one person who called fat shaming comedy and how, not only did that person fat shame but went and hid by blocking anyone from commenting on that video. Go ahead and make whatever video you want, you, but don’t expect there not to be consequences.

I could talk about the anxiety that has been making me cry at night because not only do I feel like I am swimming in a sea of despair and loneliness, I don’t even have my cat anymore for comfort.

I could talk about the drought that has been causing the never-ending fires.

I could talk about the fact that I am all over the place in my reading because of anxiety and panic-attacks.

But really, what would be the point? Nothing I write actually helps, does it? Even though they say writing it down is the first step of something or whatever. Blah blah blah.

Everywhere I turn, seems everything I read lately tells me a depressing story of a horrible world.